How to Care for Your Fake Fur Coat (Or Real Fur Coat)

Fake fur coats are a great way to look chic without breaking the bank. They are also great for those with allergies or animal lovers who want to avoid wearing real fur. But just like any other coat, they need proper care—like dry cleaning—to maintain their beauty and quality.

While it’s best left to the professionals, there are ways you can take care of your fake fur coat to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

Faux Fur Coat Daily Care

Your personal laundry delivery service provider may have all the best tricks, but without proper daily care, it’s hard to maintain the look of your coat. The following are the daily dos and don’ts of faux fur care.

  1. Avoid carrying a bag over it.

It’s best to avoid holding anything against your coat, for that matter. Regularly carrying a bag over your fur will create a noticeable mark over time. You’d also want to keep zippers or anything similar away from it in case it gets caught and cause irreversible damage to your fur.

  1. Always hang it with enough room in a dark, dry area.

It might be tempting to just hang up your fur coat and just throw it in your closet after use. You might think that as long your fur coats are hung upright, you’re good to go.

Aside from learning how to search for “dry cleaning near me,” one of the essential things fur coat owners need to know is how to give a faux or real fur coat enough room in the closet. Doing so is crucial in maintaining the coat’s shape.

Also, ensure that the hanger can support the coat’s weight. You don’t want your coat to fall and get crushed under its weight.

  1. Shake the coat out regularly and brush it when needed.

You might hear from your local commercial laundry service that you should brush your fur coat regularly to keep it smooth and looking new. On the contrary, you should only brush the coat when necessary. What you should do often is shake off the dust to ensure the coat is always free of dirt.

You don’t want dirt to accumulate anywhere on your fur as it can cause matting. Only brush when you notice the hair ruffled after or during use, and never go against the grain. Use a soft-bristled brush or wide-toothed comb.

  1. Keep your fur coat dry.

Treat moisture as one of your fur coat’s worst enemies. We all love to wear our fur coats on rainy days, but it’s best to keep them as dry as possible. One thing we always advise our customers is to always check the weather. If there’s a high chance of rain and you just can’t do without your fur, make sure you have an umbrella with you. After use, completely dry your fur coat before storing it.

How to Wash Your Fake Fur Coat

It’s best to trust only professionals to handle your dry cleaning or wash and fold laundry needs, especially when dry cleaning your fur coat, faux or real. However, there are instances where you have to do the washing yourself.

Here’s a guide on how to properly wash your fake fur coat.

How to Wash Faux Fur Coat By Hand

If ever you need to wash your faux fur coat at home, hand washing is the best way to do it.

What you need

  1. Mild detergent
  2. Cold water
  3. Sink or large basin (oversized coats can be washed in the bathtub)
  4. Soft-bristle brush


  1. Fill the sink with cool water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of mild detergent.
  2. Fully submerge your faux fur coat.
  3. Gently rub the submerged fur coat to ensure every inch gets treated with soap and water. Avoid wringing or scrubbing harshly to avoid friction damage.
  4. Lift the fur out of the water
  5. Take out as much water as possible by squeezing it gently.
  6. Drain the basin and refill it with cold water.
  7. Rinse until no suds remain.
  8. Remove excess water.
  9. Remove from sink, basin, or bathtub to dry.

How to Dry Faux Fur Coats

After washing your faux fur coat, it’s essential to know how to dry it properly. First, Squeeze as much water as you can from your coat. You can also wrap a bath towel around it to absorb water.

Drip-dry your faux fur coat using a drying rack or hanger and place it in the shower, bathtub, or over a large enough container to catch the water drip. Reposition it every three to four hours to prevent it from having crush marks.

Keep your coat out of direct sunlight or heat. It may take 24 to 48 hours or more before it dries completely. It’s crucial to completely let it dry before using it.

How to Brush and Untangle Knotted Faux Fur

Once your faux fur coat is completely dry, you will find it desperately needs some brushing. Depending on the size of your fur coat and the amount of attention and patience you’re willing to exert, this can be the most time-consuming step in caring for your coat.

What you need

  1. Wide-toothed comb and a soft-bristled brush
  2. Hair conditioner
  3. Warm water
  4. Spray bottle
  5. Damp white cloth
  6. Hanger and drying rack


  1. Use the wide-toothed comb to loosen up the knotted fur.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon of hair conditioner with 2 cups of warm water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle.
  3. Spritz a small area of the fur with the conditioner-water mixture and gently use the wide-toothed comb to untangle the fur. Once the strands are separated, use the soft-bristled brush to soften them. Make sure not to brush too hard. If you notice strands of hair falling out, you need to be gentler.
  4. Wipe with a damp white cloth after brushing the spot.
  5. Repeat the process over the entire coat.
  6. Hang to air-dry.

Keep in mind that, at any step of the process, you must not expose your fur coat to heat, whether it be hot water for the washer or when drying.

The Bottom Line

Fur coat care can be daunting, especially if it needs special attention. This is why it’s best to leave it in the hands of professionals. Doing a quick search for “dry cleaning near me” or “wash and fold laundry near me” can help you find professional laundry services in your area.