How to Store a Mink Jacket

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A silky-soft mink coat typically costs several thousand dollars, so if you own one, it makes sense to protect your investment. Unlike synthetic materials, fur and animal skin coats are very sensitive to humidity and extreme temperatures. A fur vault offers the perfect environment for storing mink coats, but if you'd rather keep your coat close by, you can store it at home instead.

Step 1

Brush your mink coat off gently with your hand to remove any debris or dust before storing. If you don't do this, particles will settle into the fur and may cause the skin to crack.

Step 2

Wrap the coat in a breathable cotton or silk garment bag before putting it in storage. Don't use a plastic bag; it will crush the delicate fur, and plastic does not allow the fur and skin to "breathe."

Step 3

Hang the coat on a sturdy, wide-shoulder hanger. Never use flimsy plastic or metal wire hangers to hang your coat.

Step 4

Store the coat in a dark, well-ventilated interior closet in your home. Do not put the coat too close to an exposed light bulb in the closet. The light can fade the fur over time.

Step 5

Position the coat in your closet so it's surrounded by 3 to 4 inches of open space. Don't let other hanging garments press up against the coat.

Step 6

Place cedar blocks or sachets in the closet to prevent moth damage. Do not use mothballs; their odor can transfer to the fur.