Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Prevent Faux Fur Trimmed Jackets from Matting in the Wash

how to prevent the matting of faux fur

I have seen many girls already this season with matted down faux fur trim, and thought I'd share how to prevent the matting.  It's so easy!

I learned this trick many years ago with my own children.  My daughter got a beautiful coat with fur around the hood.  She spilled her drink all over the front, and it needed to be washed.  I followed the directions on the coat. I washed it in cold water, and tumble dried on low.  When I pulled it out of the dryer I was so sad, it was all matted and terrible looking.  It was as if all the little faux fur fibers were slightly melted.  I looked around and many of the little girls coats in her class had the same problem.

I decided to try and brush it out.  
This definitely improved the problem, but it wasn't quit as nice as it was before I washed it.

With three girls and myself, I was given multiple chances to figure this out.  

The next time I had to wash a  coat or jacket with faux fur trim, I washed as the label directed, but I didn't put it in the dryer.  Instead, I hung the jacket to dry (or lay flat).

After the jacket dried, it was left a little matted, but it wasn't melted at all.  Sigh of relief!

I then took the jacket, and brushed the faux fur trim.

You can see in the picture below, the top half of the jacket is brushed,
and the bottom half is not.

After a good brushing, my 10 year old jacket still looks great.  I have washed this jacket numerous times at least once a season, if not more often.  
It is my favorite jacket and I wear it all the time!

There was a little bit of faux fur trim fibers in the brush, 
so don't over brush or you might get bald spots.

This method works on most faux fur, but as with anything results may vary.

Hope this helps keep a few jackets looking new longer!