Rabbit fur is valued by clothing manufacturers because it is inexpensive and has a softness that other fur types lack. Rabbit fur is routinely used in clothing such as coats, hats, stoles and other winter items. Although most fur manufacturer's recommend that rabbit fur be cleaned by a professional furrier, you can clean rabbit fur at home using a few basic tools. If the fur is soaking wet, has mildew or is excessively stained, take it to a professional.
Things You'll Need
- Mild shampoo
- Cold water
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Latex gloves
- Hard floor or upholstery attachment
- Padded hanger
- Garment steamer
Open up the rabbit fur item and lay it on a flat work surface with the fur facing upward.
Examine the fur for any obvious stains. Apply 1 tsp. of a mild shampoo to a damp sponge and work it into the stained areas until the stain is removed. Rinse the sponge in cold water and wipe the soap residue off of the fur.
Pour 1 to 2 cups of sawdust into a large bowl and add 1/4 cup of dry cleaning solvent. Mix the contents thoroughly with a spoon to combine.
Sprinkle the sawdust over the rabbit fur and work the sawdust in using your hands. It's a good idea to wear latex gloves while doing this to prevent contact with solvent.
Attach a hard floor or upholstery attachment to the end of a vacuum hose and turn the vacuum on. Apply the hose end to the rabbit fur to suck up all of the sawdust and solvent. You will need to completely vacuum the fur two or three times to ensure total removal of the material.
Hang the rabbit fur item up on a padded hanger and look for any creases that are in the fur. Plug in a garment steamer and lightly move it over the crease until the crease disappears.
Hang the rabbit fur in a well-ventilated location until the moisture from the garment steamer has completely evaporated.
Fur should be cleaned prior to placing it in storage for the summer.
For a larger fur piece, such as a coat or blanket, the amounts of sawdust and solvent will need to be doubled or tripled.
Dry cleaning solvent is available at janitorial supply stores.