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Fur Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Home air conditioning can’t maintain the proper temperature and humidity levels like our storage vaults. Optimum vault conditions are 50 degrees and 50 percent humidity.

Your fur needs to be conditioned, cleaned and glazed at least once every other year to prevent it from drying out.

Store your fur every year with Kriegsman’s in the spring. Have our furriers condition, clean and glaze it while it is in storage every other year or sooner if needed.

Other tips:

  • Never store your fur in a freezer, cedar closet or in an area with moth balls.
  • Do not store your garments in a bag at home. Only use the bags for travel.
  • Do not hang your garment in direct light or near a heat source.
  • Do not dryclean or launder your fur, or shearling.
  • Avoid applying perfume near your fur.
  • Hang your garment on a broad shouldered hanger.
  • Have rips fixed promptly.

The fur can be updated into a more modern style. There are many options that include adding leather, microfiber, cashmere or knit. Your fur can be used to trim a sweater, vest or cloth coat.

Shearling is natural lamb pelt with the fur worn on the inside and the leather side sueded and worn on the outside. Many of today’s designers are creating sporty styles that fit well with today’s casual lifestyle.

Yes. The warmth of the fur is determined by the underfur, which acts as an insulation. Whether or not the longer guard hairs are sheared off, the underfur remains intact and therefore provides the same warmth.

A mild rain will not ruin your fur. Just hang the garment up to dry in a well-ventilated room – away from direct heat. After it is dry, give the fur a vigorous shake.

If your fur gets thoroughly soaked, bring it to Kriegsman’s immediately for proper treatment!

No. A fur that has been dyed will keep its softness and luster. Dyeing a fur is an option that many of today’s designers use to achieve a look that can only be achieved by dying the pelts.

The quality of a fur is determined by the quality of the pelts, the workmanship and the design. The garment should fit properly and reflect a certain look or lifestyle. The pelts must be well matched, light weight, supple and even in sheen. The workmanship must have evenly sewed seams and good matching.

Female mink pelts are generally smaller and lighter in weight than male mink pelts. Additionally, female pelts have a high luster and are very silky and soft while male mink pelts are more dense. Each garment, whether male or female, has to be judged individually based on its own quality.