Can You Wear Your Fur Coat In The Rain?
The short answer is yes you can wear any fur coat both in rain and snow but you should avoid getting it soaked.
Fur Is Designed by Nature to Repel Water
Animals do not go inside when it rains. Animal fur is naturally water repellant because the guard hairs and natural oils in the fur, shed water away from the hide to keep it dry.
Not All Fur Coats Repel Rain Water The Same
This is largely dependent on the keratin structure of each fur type. Keratin is a protein that is insoluble to water and covers the outer part of the hair making it waterproof. It is also responsible for the sheen of a fur pelt. Some fur types contain more keratin in their hair such as beaver, mink, and sable. Remember beaver is an aquatic species. While a beaver fur coat can take up a greater hit of rain without getting soaked, a sheared beaver fur coat's ability is compromised due to the lack of keratin-rich guard hair. That said, Chinchilla fur coats have a smaller percentage of keratin and although unimaginably supple, they are less water repellent.
How to Care for Your Wet Fur Coat.
One thing most fur coat owners are diligent about is avoiding getting their coats wet. However, you can’t always avoid moisture, especially when you’re wearing fur in a city that rains often or has a lot of wet snow. When your fur coat does become wet, don’t panic. Simply take these steps to reduce the risk of long-term fur damage.
If your real fur gets wet, it’s important to dry it in the best way without damaging or drying out the fur or the pelts.
DO NOT put your real furs in direct sunlight, the clothes dryer, or in or near any other heat sources to dry it faster! You could damage the fur or even dry out the pelts! Dried out fur can not be repaired, only replaced. Instead, put your fur coat in a well-ventilated area on a padded hanger and allow it to air dry. Once your fur is completely dry, then it is okay to put it in a closet. And yearly conditioning is required to keep your furs in the best condition, this prevents your furs from drying out, whether you wear them in the rain or not.
Your fur coat is an investment that you want to take care of in an appropriate way in order to prevent unnecessary damage, in the event that it gets soaked, you will need to get it to a professional furrier as soon as possible, and without delay!
Which Fur Types Are Most Suitable for Rainy Climates And Which Are Less?
Here is a list of fur types recommended for rainy weather;
-Beaver Fur (unsheared-unplucked)
-Persian lamb fur
Here is a list of fur types not recommended to be used in rainy weather;
In summary, fur performs wonderfully in the rain, sleet, and snow. If your garment gets wet, simply let it air dry on its own by hanging it on a padded hanger. Do not use a hairdryer on hot settings or any other form of heat on your garment. Once the fur is completely dry, give it a vigorous shake and it will be perfectly ready to wear again!