How to Clean Fake Fur

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Children and adults enjoy the soft, fluffy texture and warmth of faux fur. Clothing, shoes, furniture, bedding and stuffed toys are a few items commonly composed of faux fur. Since faux fur is plush and extremely porous, it can become embedded with dust, dirt, food crumbs and grime. Dirty faux fur items are unattractive and uncomfortable to wear or touch. Because fake fur can be easily damaged, certain techniques and supplies are recommended to clean it.

Brush the faux fur gently with a soft brush to remove loose dirt and grime particles. Try not to tangle the fur as you brush it.

Dampen a terry cloth with water. Wring out the excess water from the cloth so that it is only slightly moist.

Rub the damp cloth lightly over the fake fur to wipe off surface dirt and dust. Inspect the fur for remaining dirt, grime or stains.

Mix 1 tbsp. of liquid laundry detergent with 1 cup of water in a plastic bowl, if the fur remains dirty. Dampen a cotton swab in the solution.

Apply the damp cotton swab to an inconspicuous spot on the item to test for discoloration. Allow the solution to dry on the fake fur.

Inspect the fake fur for discoloration or other damage. If the fake fur is not damaged or discolored, dampen a sponge in the solution.

Wring out the sponge to remove excess solution. Blot the entire surface of the fake fur with the sponge. Do not soak the fur with the solution.

Allow the solution to dry on the fur. Once the solution is dry, gently brush the fur with the soft brush to remove the soap residue.