Laundering a jacket with fur is a complex process. Fur or costume fur is difficult to wash without damaging it. The most effective way to clean a jacket is to take it to a professional dry cleaner who works often with fur, but you can attempt to clean the jacket at home.
Spot clean the surface of the fur jacket. Mix a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Dip your hand in the water. Rub your hand over the soiled area to clean the fur or other part of the jacket. Rinse with clean water, then allow the jacket to dry for 24 hours.
Wash the entire garment in the washing machine for heavy stains or soils. Fill half the washing machine with lukewarm water. Turn the washing machine off.
Pour a small amount of mild detergent in the washing machine. Put the jacket with fur inside the washing machine. Allow the jacket to soak for 15 minutes.
Agitate the jacket inside the washing machine with your hand. Move it around inside the washing machine to remove all dirt and oil.
Set the washing machine to the drain cycle and spin the item dry. Do not allow the washer to agitate the jacket, which can remove the fur from the jacket.
Use a setting to rinse the jacket with cold water. After the jacket is rinsed, drain the washing machine and spin the item dry once more. Never allow the washer to agitate the garment. You will probably have to stand near the washer the entire time to stop agitation during this cycle.
Remove the fur jacket from the washing machine when the final spin cycle is over. Hang the jacket over a shower curtain rod for 24 to 28 hours until the fur and jacket is completely dry. If you have to lay the jacket on its fur, hang the jacket from a new spot every two or three hours to prevent the fur from creasing.
Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.