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At-Home Fur Tips
Everyday & At-Home Fur Care Tips

Furrier Cleaning & Storage
The Vital Importance of Profressional Furrier Storage & Cleaning

Fur Cleaning & Maintenance
Ensure Many Years of Enjoyable Use of Your Fur with Regular Cleaning & Maintenance

Fur Repair
Save Money with Immediate Repairs

Change it Up - Keep it New - Over the Years
Keep Your Fur In-Style

Furs & Characteristics
A comprehensive list of furs and their individual characteristics.

Pricing & Fees
Fur Cleaning & Storage, Storage Only, Fur Insurance, Free Pick-Up Areas, Fur Repair, Restyling & Updating



Everyday & At-Home Fur Care Tips
Fur Needs to Breathe... No Plastic Bags
Never store your fur in a plastic bag where air cannot circulate. Furs like to breathe. Plastic prevents air from circulating and can dry out the leather when traveling, store your fur in a cloth garment bag provided by your furrier.

Never Use Cleaning Materials on a Fur
Never use sprays or cleaning fluids on your fur. Have them professionally cleaned each year to insure many years of enjoyment.

Avoid Wear & Rub Patterns Try not to rub the fur with handbags or packages as it can cause wear spots. It is best to have your fur cared for each season by the professionals at Without A Trace.

How to Hang a Fur
Always hang your fur on a broad-shouldered hanger never on a wire hanger Give your fur enough room in the closet so the fur is not crushed. Avoid leaving a fur hanging in a bright place. The light can cause the fur to oxidize or change color.

Wet Furs
If your fur gets wet, shake it out and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Keep it away from direct heater or radiator, which can cause both fur and leaf her to dry out. After it is dry, shake it again. Most furs will take some rain and snow far better than wool or ether winter coat will. If the fur is soaked through, however take it immediately to your fur retailer for proper treatment. Never comb or brush the fur.

Avoid Pins & Jewelry
Never pin jewelry on your fur.

Do Not Mothproof
Never attempt to mothproof a fur yourself. Home treatments are no substitute for professional cleaning and storage. Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray onto your fur.

Annual Cleaning & Storage
Your furrier is equipped with temperature, humidity and light controlled storage facilities to protect fur. Have fur cleaned annually by a fur specialist, definitely not dry cleaner.

The Vital Importance of Profressional Furrier Storage & Cleaning

A fur coat exposed to heat and humidity will be slightly stiffer as it ages, since its leather has lost some of its natural oils and dried out a bit. Eventually this drying will lead to cracking of the leather and excessive fur loss due to shedding. Protect your investment, store your coat with a professional furrier every summer.

Professional fur storage is the most important thing you can do to keep your fur looking beautiful and keeps it in good shape for many enjoyable years to come.

Your basement does not offer the proper conditions for fur storage. A cedar chest is never a good place for a fur coat. Not only does it not offer the proper temperature or humidity control, it makes your fur smell awful! Storage by a professional furrier-not a dry cleaner-is vitally important to your fur. As soon as the weather turns warm, your fur wants to be in a fur vault, where the temperature is chilly, and humidity controlled. The vault is kept dark, and your coat is protected from moths and other insects that thrive during the summer months. Our clean and modern facilities will insure that your furs receive the finest care during the warm, summer months. Our state-of-the-art vaults are designed to provide maximum protection and preservation of precious furs. Cleaning, glazing, and restorizing are available for all your furs, liners and shearlings.

Insure Many Years of Enjoyable Use of Your Fur with Regular Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning before storage is a must to keep furs fresh and supple for the next season.

Glazing is a process of bringing out the natural luster and sheen of a fur after it has been cleaned. It involves a steaming and ironing process that will vary with each type of fur. Glazing will restore the life, luster and beauty of your garment. Fur cleaning is performed by hand using a fine powder, which consists of a mixture of ground walnut shells and corncobs. This powder has a very mild cleaning agent added to it and is delicately rubbed into the fur. The powder removes dirt and excess oil from the coat. This process is the safest and most efficient way of cleaning your fur.

The special fur cleaning process also adds to the longevity of your fur, makes it soft and supple, conditions the leather, frees the fur of dust particles that rob your fur of its sheen. The hairs become fluffy, so the coat looks new again. Sometimes your fur might not look dirty, but it is. Dirt gets trapped into the oils near the leather base of the fur, where it makes the hairs stick together and causes a matted appearance. Fur is hair, after all, and you know how your own hair needs cleaning. Annual cleaning is a necessity even just makeup and dust can rob your fur of its luster and sheen. Fur also absorbs smells, such as those coming from your kitchen if your coat closet is nearby. The cleaning and conditioning process revitalizes it. Cleaning and glazing replace some of the oils in the leather, so the fur does not?t become stiff. We also hand clean the entire lining!

  • Our unique shearling cleaning process professionally hand cleaned.

  • If a more serious repair is required you will receive a free estimate.

  • Remember to have your fur cleaned and conditioned once a year to keep them at there best.

  • Your coats will return in like-new condition.

  • We also have perfected a cleaning process for all fur-lined fabrics. Our expert cleaners will expertly maintain your lined and trimmed coats. Linings and shells will be expertly restored to their original beauty. Remember, furs and fur-lined coats must be cleaned and glazed each year regardless of use. The back of the pelts is leather that must be moisturized annually in order to prevent cracking and drying. Even when the fur looks good on the outside, it needs care on the inside.

Save Money with Immediate Repairs

Without A Trace will inspect your fur and check the seams, particularly at the shoulders, front, closure and pockets; check the lining at the neck and sleeve and the entire back area where the coat receives the most wear.

Rips and tears are the most common repairs and require our furriers to open the lining of the garment and reinforce the form area and sew it back up.

The repair won't be visible from the outside of the garment.

In some cases where a spot has been rubbed bare or hair has been torn from the leather, we can patch in a matching piece of fur that is very hard for the eye to detect.

We always call you first with an estimate before doing any repairs.

Keep Your Fur In-Style

While your coats are in storage you may want to consider remodeling or restyling work performed. When your favorite fur becomes outdated, a new and modern look may be obtained through our remodeling services.

Many older coats can be made into beautiful sheared jackets, linings for new fur-lined designs or cashmere trimmed garments at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new coat. We use the finest imported fabrics from Italy. Shearing your old furs make them look new again, while looking great at the same time.

Remaking your old furs is economical way to get further use out of an out dated design. Our expert furriers will show you the latest fashions and give you expert suggestions as to how your old fur can give you many continued years of use. When your favorite fur becomes outdated, call Without A Trace for expert remodeling!

If your fur is too tight on now and it's been years since you bought it. We can release the garment in the body, sleeves or shoulder area. With age the human body compacts upon the spine and the shoulder blades and hips get broader, even though you may still weigh the same. We can let out 2 inches across the back, 2 inches across the bust, drop the armholes an inch or more.

We can shorten the length and restyle the body to a shape more becoming like a jacket or stroller as well. We can also alter the collar or sleeve in a simple manner so that it brings the garment into a more contemporary style. Email or call us today to discuss the many possibilities!

Types of Fur

Beaver
Sheared soft, velvety texture, evenly sheared. Often dyed in new fashion colors, very durable. Natural: Long, lustrous guard hairs over thick underfur.

Chinchilla
A short, soft fur with lustrous slate blue guard hairs and dark underfur.

Coyote
A longhaired fur, often pale gray or tan in color, with thick, soft under fur. Very durable fur.

Ermine
Very silky white guard hairs and dense underfur

Fisher
Silky guard hairs in brown to blackish tones and thick under fur. Very durable fur.

Fitch
Long guard hairs over light-colored underfur Color ranges from pale ecru to orange tones, with black markings.

Fox
The widest range of natural colors of any fur except mink. Long, lustrous guard hairs with thick, soft underfur. Fox varieties include silver cross, crystal, blue, red, gray and white. Can also be dyed in a wide variety of colors.

Lamb
Broadtail: A natural flat moire pattern. Natural colors include brown, black and gray Often dyed in more exotic colors, Mongolian: very long, wavy, silky guard hairs. Its natural color is off-white, but is often dyed. Mouton: Pelts are sheared closely fore soft, thick, flat fur. Persian Lamb: From karakul sheep raised in central Asia or Southwest Africa, fur features flat silky curls. Natural colors are black, brown and grey Shearling; Natural lamb pelts with the leather side suede or leather and worn on the outside with the fur on the inside.

Lynx
Canadian Lynx: Displays creamy white tones with characteristic darker markings. Russian Lynx: The whitest and softest of this very longhaired fur with very subtle beige markings. The whiter the fur, the higher the value.

Marten
American: Long silky guard hairs and dense underfur. Color ranges from blue-brown to dark brown. Baum: Softer, silkier and shinier than American marten. Stone: The finest marten has soft, thick guard heirs and a bluish-brown cast with pale underfur.

Mink
Soft and lightweight with lustrous guard hairs and dense, soft underfur Primarily farm-raised, mink remains the most popular fur Female pelts are smaller in size and have a softer, silkier feel than the larger male pelts. Mink can be dyed a wide range of colors and may be sheared for a sporty, casual look, very durable fur

Muskrat
Fur is full and thick with a black stripe and pale beige sides. Often sheared for a sporty, lightweight feel. New Jersey: Lighter in weight with contrasting colors. Northern: Strong. longer guard hairs and heavy, thick underfur Often worked skin-on-skin. Southern: Flatter with little underfur, usually pale in color

Nutria
Similar to beaver, it is often sheared for a sporty, more lightweight feel. Underfur is very soft and plush. A popular fur for linings and trims, it is frequently dyed in a variety of colors.

Opossum
American: Long, silvery black-tipped guard hairs with thick underfur Australian: Short, dense, plush-like fur, with colors ranging from yellow-gray to natural brown.

Rabbit
Generally medium length guard hairs in a variety of natural colors. Often sheared or grooved. Not very durable, sheds easily

Raccoon
Long gray/black guard hairs with silvery tips over a woolly dense underfur very durable fur Finn raccoon: Long, thick tan guard hairs with black tips and dense underfur

Sable
Long, luxurious guard hairs with dense underfur, yet very lightweight. Russian sable: Brown with a silver cast, it is the most expensive fur, especially when there is an abundance of silver hairs. Canadian golden sable: In amber tones, somewhat less expensive. Very durable.

Squirrel
Short, soft guard hairs with a flatter, dense underfur very lightweight.

Tanuki
Also called Japanese raccoon with very long guard hairs and a full texture. Color is light amber brown with dark, distinctive markings.

Weasel
Similar look to mink, with short guard hairs and semi-dense underfur.

Pricing & Fees

Fur Cleaning & Storage
$85 per garment for: Cleaning and Storage.

Fur Storage Only
$65 per garment for: Storage only.

Fur Insurance
If your fur is not covered under your homeowner's policy (in most cases, it is) we offer insurance for the garment at 2% of value.

Free Chicagoland Pickup & Delivery
Free pickup and delivery throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
If outside of Chicago Metro, UPS/Fed Ex or any major carrier can ship garment to us.

Fur Repair, Restyling & Updating
We also offer all types of fur repair and restyling such as updating, new linings, new hooks/eyes, replacing skins, monograming, etc.

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