Fur Cleaning & Storage

Parkway has partnered with the very best fur specialist we could find. Based outside of New York City, our partner services most of the major NYC department stores and the finest Fifth Avenue and area boutiques. Our unique relationship with this company allows us to offer the finest services to our clients, and we have arranged for almost-daily pickups and deliveries directly with their New York processing facility.

Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland fur cleaning and storage

Professional fur cleaning and glazing is recommended yearly, usually before storage.The fur cleaning process involves agitation of your pelt in a mixture of solvent and finely ground corncobs, powdered wood, or cellulose products, such as nutshells.

The solvent contains special silicones which give the fur a fluffy, uniform, soft appearance, and sheen. This technique is performed specifically to simulate the natural care of fur and most cleaners do not have the ability or equipment to do this.

After a pelt is cleaned properly it must undergo the glazing procedure which is the technique of applying a liquid compound to the fur, then passing a heated rotary wheel over the fur. Through heat and friction, the fur, including the guard hairs, is polished, returning the original luster to the fur. The static electricity created straightens the hair, remove tufting and matting. The final phase of finishing is blowing the fur with an air gun.

Fur Storage:
To preserve your fur, it is extremely important to control both temperature and humidity levels, especially during the summer months. The typical conditions that are recommended are approximately 40 degrees F and 55% relative humidity, and Parkway offers a an off-site controlled environment designed specifically for this purpose. It is important to keep the fur cool so that the skin does not dry out, crack, and lose its suppleness. The cool temperature also maintains the glazed or finish put on the fur during cleaning.

It has been found that cold storage alone will not kill moth larvae, although it will keep them from causing any damage during storage. There is no doubt that protection against injury by insects of all kinds is assured by proper cold storage, since at a temperature of 40 degrees F, life is held dormant.

Humidity is one of the most important factors to consider in the storage of furs. Excessive humidity manifests itself in musty or moldy odor, and under some conditions, in actual growth of mildew, in extreme cases, the pelt of the fur can rot and the hair drop off. Even where the excessive humidity is not high enough to cause mildew, or where the temperature is too low to permit its growth, damage can occur. The pelt will absorb moisture from the air, possibly resulting in shrinkage, distortion, and stiffening of the pelt upon removal of the garment from storage.

Low humidity is equally harmful since dry air can draw moisture and natural oils from the pelts and fur hairs, resulting in deterioration.

While in storage the fur must receive proper ventilation and air circulation. The furs are adequately spaced at our facility to allow air flow through and around the garments. Without circulating air, furs dry out and the tips become crushed and eventually break off.

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