When Fun Fur is No Fun at All...

Classic Cleaners professionals pride themselves on being able to meet all challenges in garment care.  But it sometimes happens that the manufacturer omits an important step in the making or in the labeling of clothing, and sometimes that makes it impossible for any dry cleaner to make things right. We see that a lot when it comes to “fun fur”.

Fun fur, also called fake fur or faux fur, is material made of synthetic fibers designed to resemble real animal fur. Faux furs have increased in popularity at least partially due to promotion by animal welfare organizations.  That’s more than fine with us at Classic Cleaners, the first dry cleaner in the Indianapolis area to be certified as a Certified Environmental Drycleaner from the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute.

Fake fur has several advantages over animal fur:

  Fake fur does not require cold storage.

  Fake fur is not susceptible to damage by moths.

  The manufacture of fake fur uses a fourth the energy used to raise or trap animals

 The materials out of which fake fur is made are derived from coal, air, water, petroleum and  limestone,  which,  unlike real fur, do not dry out or deteriorate.    

So what’s the problem?

First:  The label is supposed to apply to the whole of each garment, including the trim. Too often, that rule is not followed by the manufacturer.

Second:  The care label needs to address any adhesives that have been used to affix the fun fur to the garment.  The    manufacturer might not have used the correct adhesive, and too often does not include instructions referring to the adhesive.

According to Federal Trade Commission rules, if a label says “dry clean”, ALL elements of that garment must not be altered by normal dry cleaning.  Classic Cleaners experts try their very best to hunt for clues before beginning garment care.  But every once in a while, we find ourselves  needing to point to the manufacturer’s name on the label, saying “Call them!”

by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team