Most NZ possum furs are tanned using a standard technique called "fur dressing" which is very good but you can NOT get it wet at all. Fur pelts will warp and shrivel if you get "dressed" fur pelts too wet.
From June 2017 Gorgeous Creatures have decided to change our tanning technique to one that while more expensive, is also much easier to maintain and clean.
You still CANNOT wash fur of any kind. We assume that most other brands use "fur dressing" for most natural possum fur products.
So follow these simple instructions and do not use too much water or get the leather pelts wet unless you know exactly how the furs where originally tanned.
At home minor spills on possum fur throws and blankets can be soaked up with a paper towel or sponge.
It is possible to gently wipe the fur with a clean damp cloth or sponge but make sure that no water gets through to the leather underneath the fur.
For oily spills use very very fine sawdust (untreated and not pine) soaked in white spirits. Rub gently into the dirty area of fur, leave for 1/2 an hour and then brush out all the sawdust.
You can iron the fur with brown paper in between the fur, this fluffs it up again.
All cleaning that you do at home based on this blog is done at your own risk. If in doubt please use a professional fur cleaner or dry-cleaner.
Brush your possum fur throws and blankets regularly but gently with a carding comb type brush. We sell a sheepskin brush with metal prongs and this keeps the fur from tangling and fluffs it up to look like new. But use with care.
Be careful not to tear the leather but don't worry if the brush seems to be pulling out some fur, this is just the loose hairs that naturally occurs at the base of the possum pelt.
Dry-Cleaning Possum Fur
All furs should only be cleaned by a high quality professional dry-cleaner. This is a very specialized process and uses special chemicals and techniques.
No matter what other websites say, furs can-not be dry-cleaned like fabric, it is not that simple, not all dry-cleaning companies have the right skills. It really does use a special set of chemicals (hydro-carbons) and other techniques to clean a fur properly to extend its life, so don't be fooled.
Sometimes the backing on the fur throw or fur blanket needs to be removed and treated separately if it is badly soiled. The fur specialist will then check your fur for any weakened areas or holes and repair or replace fur pelts if necessary.
Email or call us to discuss options ph +64 9 522 1050.
We can offer New Zealand customers a NZ$10 discount voucher for our preferred Auckland dry-cleaner who specialize in fur cleaning.
They will advise you if your fur can be cleaned or not. Some furs are so fragile that they may not survive the cleaning process. All cleaning is done at your own risk.