You will have best results in cleaning faux fur that is short in length or looped. Long-haired furs and shaggy fake fur accessories are very prone to knotting and matting. If you plan to wash them at home, long and shaggy faux fur should be hand washed. With any fur, avoid as much agitation (spinning, wringing) and heat as possible.
To wash faux fur in a washer, use a top load machine. A top load machine allows you to control how much agitation the faux fur receives. Fill the washer to a medium level with cool water. Add a mild, color safe detergent. Place the fake fur garment or throw in the washer. Turn off the water and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Do not soak longer or you may damage the faux fur's backing fabric.
After 15 minutes, set the washer to drain and spin. Switch to the rinse cycle and allow the washer to fill with cool water. Do not allow the machine to agitate. Drain and spin again. If you feel the garment needs an additional rinse, do so at this time. Again, no agitation!
Do NOT put the garment in a clothes dryer. Use an indoor drying rack or the shower rod to dry. Reposition it often so there are no crush marks on the fur. Use your hand to smooth any areas that don't appear smooth. Keep out of direct sunlight. It may take 24 to 48 hours to dry. Do not wear or use until completely dry.
Remember high heat can melt the faux fur fibers and cause matting. Once this has happened, there is nothing that can reverse the damage.
Savannah wrote:Basically, you're turning your washer into a cold water cauldron. You could do the same in a big tub in the garage, but using the washer is just easier.
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