Every home get some food burned in it at least once in a lifetime. Do you remember how to get rid of the smell of smoke in the apartment, whatever the cause of the smell? It seems like a simple task, but only at first glance. It actually turns out the bad smell is not that easy to remove.
You can immediately see the slightest hint of dirt on white fur, and over time the fur will begin to turn yellow. Not only natural, but also artificial white fur is subject to such aging. This is why it requires special cleaning and careful handling. There are several ways to clean it and even to remove yellowish stains.
Dry cleaning at home
A lot of people are interested in how to clean white fur, since dry cleaning is too expensive and does not always guarantee a positive result. In that case, we need to remember the tried and true methods available at home to everyone.
- Find some refined gasoline, without any kind of additives. It can be gasoline for refilling lighters, aviation or mechanical gasoline for washing various parts and degreasing surfaces.
- Buy sawdust at a pet store, just make sure it doesn’t have resin in it.
- Take a clean basin, add the sawdust and pour some gasoline in it.
- Place the fur that needs cleaning into the sawdust and “wash” it in the prepared substance.
Instead of gasoline, you can use alcohol. It will have the same effect, and you can use it to clean your mink or arctic fox fur pieces. It works really well for removing all kinds of dirt from fur.
Another tip on cleaning white fur has to do with using vinegar. Wet a cotton swab with vinegar and wipe the surface of the fur with it to clean. Some people advise suggest using vinegar essence at home. Do not afraid of the acidity when cleaning your fur, fur is pretty resistant to acid. Use this way to remove all the stuck dirt from the fibers, and to deep clean the coat, hat or collar.
To make the fur glossy and soft, and to protect the pile after cleaning, treat it with glycerin.
Do not try to clean faux fur with vinegar, it will simply ruin them.
Everyone knows that faux fur can be cleaned by washing it in water. Of course, this should be done very carefully, without pulling and twisting the item too much. Faux fur can even be washed in a washing machine, using the delicate mode, and using liquid detergents.
Slightly refresh and clean white natural blue fox fur or rabbit fur is also possible with the help of washing. Do not put the fur into the water completely. You just need to dip a sponge in soapy water and clean the surface with light movements. At home, this method of washing is the easiest.
Absorbing the dirt
Some of you may have heard about cleaning white fur using powdery substances. These include starch, salt, flour, semolina, and talc. Use one of these substances that you have in your home, and pour it onto the white fur. Then clean it, kind of like you’re washing it, gently pulling and lifting the pile. This is an excellent way of cleaning fox, rabbit or light mink fur.
Small particles absorb dirt and dust, cleaning the pile. Hairs won’t stick together, and will become more fluffy. This works particularly well to refresh arctic fox and mink fur. At the last stage of the procedure, the fur must be carefully combed out and shaken, to make sure none of the powder is left in it.
The first, most reliable option at home is hydrogen peroxide. This kind of oxygen bleach must be diluted with water, and the solution used to clean and bleach any type of white clothes. First, you should clean the item using one of the methods described above, and only then start to bleach.
- Take about half a bottle of peroxide bought at the pharmacy, and the same amount of tap water.
- Mix the liquids and pour them into a small spray bottle, one you usually use to spray flowers or moisten clothes while ironing.
- Evenly spray the white fur that you want to bleach.
- Hang the item so that it’s exposed to sunlight.
- When the fur dries, it should be combed and put away in the wardrobe.
This method can be used to clean not only natural but also artificial fur. Snow-white arctic fox fur, light karakul, mink, black and white fur of black-brown fox, ermine, rabbit fur can all be treated at home, and will become slightly lighter.
Peroxide can be used to clean the fur in another way. Mix it with talc or starch. You should get a slightly liquid homogeneous mash. The mash is applied to white fur, but please make sure that it does not get on the leather and other parts of clothing. When the mash dries, it can be easily cleaned with a regular brush, and the remains shaken out.
Modern fur processing includes steps and procedures that allow you to avoid yellowing for several seasons. However, we must be prepared for the fact that natural fur will eventually change its color under the influence of the sun and moisture over time, and it will be impossible to clean it neither at a dry cleaner’s, nor at home.
The yellowing of light fur cannot be stopped, but if you want to slow the process down, and make the yellowing more even, and therefore less noticeable, you should store clothes in a garment bag. There is a belief that a cover made of blue paper can slow down the process of yellowing.