Do’s & Don’ts
Our fur products are durable! They are built to be used. Whether someone contacts us needing a pair of mittens for an Arctic expedition, or if they want a pair for only occasional use, we build them the same way. Wear them and enjoy them! However, it’s important to understand that natural fur and leather requires different care than synthetic materials. Here’s some guidelines to keep your furs looking their best and lasting as long as possible.
Leather needs to breath! Please don’t store it in plastic. It’s best left out if possible, but paper, cardboard, or fabric are ok. We hang our mittens by their harnesses on a hook next to the winter coats.
Keep out of reach of pets! Dogs and cats both think fur is an excellent chew toy! Every year I repair mittens and hats that have been ‘modified’ by the family pet. Don’t let it be yours!
It’s not the end of the world if your mittens get soaked! If your fur item gets wet, you can gently wipe off excess water (in the direction of the fur) with a rag or paper towel and then hang to air dry. Be sure to dry away from heat sources such as wood stoves or furnace vents. Drying too quickly or over drying will cause the leather to become hard and even crack.
Brush your fur! Use a simple plastic comb to gently comb and help restore the fur once in a while (not too often!). This will help straighten and smooth the hairs back into place.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
Boundary Fur Sewing builds products with function first. Fur and leather have a beauty all of their own, and we work that into our products., but it’s more important to us and to many of our customers, that the gear we depend on will not let us down. When it is fifty below and there’s a fifteen mile an hour headwind lashing you as your dog team runs up the Yukon River, your mittens will be the only thing to keep your hands from freezing. Frozen hands are often fatal in the Arctic. If you need gear you can trust, we won’t let you down. We’ve sent our gear to the North Pole and the South Pole, to the top of Denali, and down a hundred thousand miles of sled dog trail.