How to Clean Faux Fur;

You can clean faux fur, also called fake fur or synthetic fur, by hand, in a washing machine or at the dry cleaner, but which of these methods you should use depends on the faux fur item to be cleaned. Always consult the manufacturer’s instruction tag to learn which cleaning method to use. Read below for tips to keep your faux fur looking its best if you choose to wash it by hand or in a washing machine.

Method 1: Machine Washing Faux Fur

Step 1: Place the faux fur item in the washing machine. If it’s part of a garment, turn it inside out. This will limit the wear on the fur.

Step 2: Set the washing machine to use cold water and the delicate wash cycle.

Step 3: Turn the machine on and add a mild laundry detergent. Even though you are laundering by machine, consider using a gentle detergent designed for hand washing.

Step 4: Put fabric softener in when the rinse cycle starts. Rinse in cold water.
Step 5: Limit agitation by turning the machine’s dial so that it passes over the agitating part of the rinse cycle.

Step 6: Remove the item when the wash cycle stops.

Step 7: Absorb excess water by rolling the item in a thick towel.

Step 8: Shake the item to fluff up the faux fur.

Step 9: Pull the item into its original shape and dimensions. Do this carefully so you don’t damage it.

Method 2: Hand Washing Faux Fur

Step 1: Wash the faux fur item in cold or lukewarm water.

Step 2: Use a mild laundry soap designed for hand-washing.

Step 3: Agitate the water with your hands to create suds before adding the item.

Step 4: Rinse the item in cold water until all the suds are gone.

Step 5: Remove the water from the item by rolling it in a thick towel.

Step 6: Shake out the item to fluff the faux fur.

Step 7: Reshape the item, taking care not to damage it.

Method 3: Drying Faux Fur

Step 1: Air-dry faux fur. Never use an electric dryer, even on a no-heat setting, because the friction caused by the faux fur item tumbling around in the dryer creates heat that destroys the fibers.

Step 2: Choose a site that’s well ventilated for air drying. You may want to put it outside or add a fan to speed the drying process.

Step 3: Hang your item on a plastic hanger or lay it flat.

  • Be sure all the excess water is removed before you hang the item. If you don’t, the weight of the water will pull the item out of shape.

Step 4: Brush and fluff up the faux fur using a pet care brush with widely spaced metal bristles, called a slicker brush. Brush and fluff carefully so you don’t damage the faux fur’s backing fabric.