Also known as synthetic fur, faux fur is a commonly used vegan and cruelty-free alternative to real fur.
Faux fur materials vary, but they are generally made from synthetic fibres such as acrylic.
It’s essential to treat them with care when trying to keep your faux fur items looking as good as possible.
So can faux fur be washed? Luckily it can, so here are some handy tips for you.
The best way to wash faux fur material
Many people are wondering if faux fur can be machine washed or if it should be dry cleaned.
We feel like this is your main doubt when it comes to washing faux fur. So, before we give you the best ways to wash a faux fur coat or a faux fur rug, let’s tackle that question.
To cut to the chase, a professional dry cleaner is the safest option. In fact, many faux fur items specify dry cleaning only on their labelling. And even those that don't will often be much better off going to a professional dry cleaner rather than having you attempt a clean at home.
However, faux fur material can also be washed at home, but with proper care.
So can faux be machine washed? Yes, but that should be your final option as it carries the most risk. Hand washing is much more recommended.
As a summary, here is how your options to wash faux fur rank:
- Dry cleaning at a professional
- Hand washing
- Washing machine
How to wash a faux fur coat at home
As always, the number one thing to remember with all faux fur items is first to check the washing instructions.
Handwashing is probably going to be the most convenient option to wash a faux fur coat or a faux fur gilet. It’s much safer than the washing machine and cheaper than dry cleaning.
Here is how you can go about it:
- Shake off any dust or dirt, or you can use a hover to gently remove any loose dirt.
- Fill a container with lukewarm cold water, a bucket, sink or even the bath will do.
- If the material smells unpleasant, you can pre-soak the coat with some vinegar diluted in the water.
- Empty the water and refill, adding a small amount of detergent, ideally designed for washing wool or delicates.
- Move the coat around in the water gently, do not rub as this will damage the fibres.
- After ten minutes, empty the dirty water and rinse the coat with clean water till the water runs clear.
After cleaning, you will need to dry your coat; see our handy advice below.
How to clean faux fur blankets, throws and rugs
Faux fur soft furnishings may be all the rage but can faux fur throws, blankets and rugs be washed?
The good news is that yes, they are all washable. And the process followed is very much the same as for a faux fur coat.
However, the weight and size of your rug or blanket may mean it cannot be machine washed, as the drum will not be able to turn. Additionally, it may also make it impractical to hand wash.
For these reasons, we feel like dry cleaning will be your best choice, especially if you want to make sure your relatively expensive faux fur rug keeps its softness and doesn’t get hurt in the process.
How to wash faux fur in the washing machine
If dry cleaning or hand washing options are not possible, or if you simply don't feel like your faux fur hoodie is worth the trouble, here is how to minimize the risk with the washing machine.
First, always read the washing instructions beforehand: Machine washing may not be suitable at all if your faux fur item is too large for your machine or attached to other fabrics that are not machine washable.
Then, follow these steps to machine wash your faux fur in the safest way;
- Put your item into the machine alone.
- If it is a reversible item, like a coat, turn it inside out, so the fur is on the inside, this reduces friction on the faux fur.
- Do not place other items in the wash.
- Put your machine on a cool, short wash with a spin cycle to remove water from the coat. A wool or delicate wash will usually do.
- Add a small amount of detergent; those designed for wool or delicates are suitable. Do not use fabric softener.
- Take the items straight out when the cycle finishes and follow our drying instructions below.
Drying your faux fur material
How to dry faux fur
In a word, carefully. Faux fur is highly susceptible to heat and friction.
Tumble driers are a definite no when it comes to faux fur. The heat will cause the fibres to shrink, while the friction could cause them to break.
Even hairdryers will have a detrimental effect, causing fibres to shrivel in an unattractive manner.
Do not wring your items; instead, place them on a dry towel and gently roll them to get the moisture out.
- After this quick process, the item needs to be laid out flat or hung from a hanger to air dry.
- Finally, make sure you reshape the item if it has lost its form.
- Once dry, you can carefully brush the fibres with a wide comb to regain their fluffy texture.
Can I steam faux fur?
While some faux fur products suggest that steaming can help remove wrinkles, there is a high level of risk in this process.
Excessive heat can irreparably damage the fibres in your faux fur, causing them to shrink and shrivel.
We, therefore, would suggest steering clear of steaming.
Looking after your faux fur
So it's important to remember that while you can wash your faux fur, it must be treated very gently.
Once damaged, your faux fur will be almost impossible to repair, causing unnecessary waste.
Avoid heat and friction at all costs, and for the best possible results, leave it to the professionals.