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How to Wash Faux Fur

Faux fur is an elegant, environmentally-conscious way to bring a little bit of luxury and refinement to your home. When it comes to throw blankets, pillows on your sofa and bed, or even rugs, this fabric can also add a unique softness and decorative touch to your room.

Faux fur, however, comes with its unique set of care requirements. Since it's not necessarily a common material, many people don't know how to care for it the right way.

Use this guide from Pottery Barn to learn how to care for your faux fur correctly. If you do, your faux fur will provide style and comfort in your home for years to come.

Always Check the Tag

Standard, universal ways of cleaning faux fur will work in most cases, leaving your items looking new again. It's important to remember that not all faux fur is made the same way though, and different dyes and materials are used by different manufacturers. In some cases, this can impact the way you wash it.

Before you clean any faux fur for the first time, look for a tag or instructions from the manufacturer. Tags or cleaning information may provide you with advice when it comes to cleaning a particular item.

If there's no information to be found, always follow the test method on an inconspicuous part of the item before starting a full cleaning.

Machine Washing

Machine washing faux fur is a quick, effective way to handle items like throw blankets that can otherwise be difficult to clean. If you know you're adding faux fur to a high-traffic area like the family room sofa, buying something machine washable is a wise choice. If you've already got faux fur of this type and you want to wash it, you can likely do it in your regular washing machine if you do it right.

To do this, you'll want to start with a gentle detergent designed for hand washing garments. From there, choose a cool water wash setting and a no spin cycle on your machine. If your washing machine doesn't have a no-spin option, choose a cycle designed for delicate garments.

After running your washing machine, take the item out and remove excess moisture by rolling it in a large, clean towel. Press gently to remove as much moisture as possible, using a new towel as necessary.

Give the blanket or item a quick shake and hang it up to air dry. As the garment dries, you can gently brush it with a wide tooth comb to separate the fibers, leaving it looking fluffy and clean once again.

Hand Washing

Machine washing works well for many faux fur items, but some are too delicate for the machine. If you see a hand wash only tag in a faux fur item, this is always the best solution.

Start by filling your sink with cool, clean water and adding a small amount of hand wash detergent. Add the faux fur item and agitate gently. Let the faux fur soak in the sink for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain the soapy water and rinse the garment with cool, clean water. Refill the sink with cold water again, this time adding a fabric conditioner. Let it soak for 10 minutes before draining the sink, rinsing with clean water and drying the garment with clean towels.

Hang the faux fur item to dry, using your wide tooth comb as necessary to separate the individual fibers to create the desired look.

Take a Test Run

Except in the case of machine washing, you can always test a small portion of the faux fur you want to clean before treating the entire item. In most cases, you'll want to look for an area that won't be visible in case any discoloration occurs, like the bottom corner of a pillow or the inside of a faux fur garment.

Let your faux fur item completely dry before continuing on with the cleaning process, checking for each cleaning agent you want to use. If you don't see any discoloration or signs of wear, you've chosen a method that should be safe for cleaning the particular object or item you're working with.

Leave it to an Expert

Washing faux fur yourself isn't a difficult task even if you don't have detailed cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer. If you don't want to take the risk, or you simply don't have the space to hand wash something like a large faux fur blanket, your local dry cleaner can likely take care of it for you.

It may cost a few more dollars to have the pros do it, but it could be worth it when dealing with a high-priced item that really works in your space. A dry cleaner you trust may also be able to shed some light on the best way to clean your faux fur item at home when it's time to do it again.

Cleaning faux fur isn't a complex task, but it's not something you do every single day. Follow these tips and your faux fur pillow covers, blankets, throws and even your garments can look new again in no time at all.

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