Faux fur or fake fur or pile fabric is the product of human engineering to clone a fabric that approximates the warmth, comfort, and softness of animal fur. Faux fur entered the scene in the 1900s and is ethical, cruelty-free and has that classic style that will not go out of vogue. Faux fur is a Velboa fabric made from synthetic polyester material and commonly embossed with animal prints. Conservationists frown on this as an encouragement to the illegal slaughter of animals for their fur. A product called Minky Velboa is available which is incredibly soft and 100% polyester. It is utilized for a jacket lining, making blankets, stuffing toys, pillows, slipper boots, etc. Faux fur if well-cared for, will turn heads and show off your fashion sense. In this guide, we will delve on how to wash faux fur so that it maintains it’s appeal.
No matter what you are washing, a faux fur pet bed, a blanket, a teddy jacket, or a faux fur beanie, always read the ‘clothing care instructions’ that come with the product or mentioned on the tag. If you are planning on giving your faux fur coat or rug to a professional cleaner, ensure he has the credentials for doing the job.
Being a coveted item of one’s wardrobe, it tends to be used often and therefore requires regular cleaning. Some products are tagged for dry-cleaning only, but trim and smaller stuff can be washed or cleaned by hand which is the best, not to forget the economy of it.
Put them in a washing machine, cold water, a small amount of liquid detergent on a gentle cycle. Use a suitable detergent like Woolite or Studio by Tide. Avoid direct sun for drying.
For a handwash, the figure below is self-explanatory.
Brush up on your brushing skills. Use a firm bristle brush or a double-sided pet hairbrush (please buy one specifically for this purpose and don’t use the same one as you use for your pet). Place the item on a flat hard surface and go at it in all directions, diagonally, horizontally and vertically. Any matted areas, clumps, etc. should disappear. This method works for all faux fur items and is the best faux fur care hacks around.
First clean and vacuum dirty, stained parts. Don’t rush, take your time. The end result is only going to be as good as your first efforts.
Spray only on the parts that require cleaning, upholstery cleaner. Don’t soak up the plush bootswith foam. There are a whole lot of proprietary cleaners available. Or here’s a concoction that works well. In 4 cups of tepid water, mix ¼ white vinegar, 1 tsp. Liquid detergent, and 1 tsp. borax. This goes into the spray bottle.
Leave the boots to dry naturally or you can blow dry from 6” away. Brush the boots with a fine brush till it fluffs up.
This hack saved you $15 at least.
Mix cold water and one to two teaspoons detergent in a basin large enough. For big coats, or a blanket, etc. use a bathtub or a suitably sized container.
Completely and gently submerge the faux fur. It cannot be repeated enough, use a light touch. No wringing or rough agitation of the water. Leave it soaking for 10-15 minutes raking the water gently with your hands to keep up the circulation.
Remove the fur from the water and gently (the repeated stress on the word gentle is to reinforce that it is very important throughout the process) squeeze out the water as possible without forceful wringing. Drain out the basin, refill and rinse. Repeat till no more suds are sighted.
Squeeze out as much as possible. Wrap in a bath towel so that as much water as possible is soaked out of the fur.
Dry out the fur using the indoor rack. Never use a hangar when it is still wet or disfiguration will result.
Never use a dryer. High heat can melt the fibers of faux fur, causing them to fuse and become matted. The damage is irreversible.
Using the soft-bristled brush, smoothen out any tangles or clumps that may have formed.
In two cups of warm water, blend a teaspoon of hair conditioner. This is the answer as to how to make faux fur soft again. Spray a little on resistant areas rather than using force which may cause the fibers to come out. Once done, clean with a damp, clean cloth and hang to air dry. Machine Washing Methods
Take this seriously, but your washing machine if it is not a high-efficiency washer, it won’t work.
Consider hand washing in such cases.
If your machine is suitable (top loading or front loading) proceed. They are considered safer because the agitation is gentle. Cleaning large items such as a blanket or fur coat in the washing machine is inevitable.
Fill cold water into the washer tub up to medium level adding one or two teaspoons of the prescribed mild detergent. Add vinegar, just a few drops. It will smell divine after washing.
Set the wash cycle for 15 minutes and no longer as the backing might get damaged. Put the fur in and run the machine.
Choose the cycle for “Delicate, Hand-wash or Wool”. This utilizes low speed.
If there is a different selection setting for ‘rinse and spin’, use that. The purpose is to avoid agitation at any time.
After the 15-minute wash cycle, drain and allow to fill again. Feel the fur. If it is still soapy, do rinse once more. Drain and put it to spin.
After washing, the faux fur may be slightly matted slighted. Give it a good brushing. You can put use a tumble drier strictly using the ‘Air Only’ setting. Absolutely no heat is to be allowed.
It can be mended easily using a needle and matching thread. If there are patches where the hair has come off or melted, you are at the end of the road.
Once the season is done, you want to store your faux fur coat for the next. To obviate dust from gaining access, cover with a garment bag. The garment should be completely dry and placed in an environment that prevents the fibers from getting crushed and has good air circulation.
Faux fur rugs just look terribly nice. But over time they get gunked up, dirty and matted. Being on the floor they get more than their fair share of beating; spills, dirty shoes, etc. Since we have already dealt with how to clean a faux fur rug, these are some tips for exigencies.
1. Can faux fur be machine washed?
In general, yes. If the washing instructions provided agree than definitely yes. Simply, follow this guide and refer to the section Machine Washing Methods.
2. Is using a dryer safe for faux fur?
You have to be very careful here as heat will damage the fur. You can put it into a dryer but ensure, repeat ensure it is on ‘Air Only’mode.
3. How do I make my faux fur fluffy again?
The fur has to be completely dry. Use a brush with widely spaced bristles (many pet brushes have close-spaced bristles and will not work well). Be careful not to damage the backing.
4. What is faux fur made of?
Faux fur is made of synthetic, polyester. It is a completely man-made product and has zero animal originated components in it.
5. How do I wash a fuzzy blanket and not ruin it?
Hand wash is the best solution always for faux fur. But blankets being bulky, it is probably best to machine wash. Again read the care instructions that came with the product.
Faux fur has it all. Look, comfort and style. There is little argument in not going in for one. If you don’t own one as yet, it is a crying shame. A teddy coat or a teddy bear jacket is recommended as a first buy because they are not bulky. If you are intimidated as to how to wash your faux fur, this guide has left no stone unturned in giving you the low-down. Christmas sales are on, so what are you waiting for.