How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Lori Your Own Question

Lori, Internet Researcher
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 364
Experience:  Inquisitive mind, well read, great amount of general knowledge in many subjects
Type Your Question Here...
Lori is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I need to know how to clean my mink stole.

This answer was rated:

I purchased a used mink stole. There is no one in my town who cleans furs. I don't feel that there is some magic to cleaning furs--it is probably hand done and that is why it costs so much. I am willing to spend the time but do not want to ruin my mink by doing something wrong to clean it.Can you tell me what to use and the best way to clean it myself? I only paid $35 dollars for the stole and would rather not pay an equal amount to clean it--especially if I can do it myself. Thank you


Wow! Seems no one wants you to clean your mink stole at home! I have searched dozens and dozens of sight to no avail. I even called a local furrier and they said, in no uncertain terms, Leave it to the PROFESSIONAL!! Seems they do a lot more than we thought. Apparently furs are cleaned by abrasion rather than immersion. It is recommended that they are cleaned once a year. During this time, furriers will also add back essential oils that the fur has lost over the year. Professional storage is also recommended during hot summer months because even an air conditioned house is considered too humid for the fur. Here is a list of the things the professional will do to clean the fur:

1. They are examined for age and condition, to see if there are any rips or tears that need repairing and to see if they are strong enough to go into the fur-cleaning drum.

2. Linings are hand-cleaned, and spots are removed from the fur.

3. Coats are placed in a large drum with sawdust and tumble treated with an environmentally safe cleaning solution. Sometimes instead of sawdust, walnut shells or pumice are used.

4. They're placed in a cage with a vacuum attached, to tumble the furs and remove the sawdust.

5. They're removed from the cage and hand-steamed to remove further sawdust from hems and other hiding places.

6. They go through a process called ironing, glazing or electrifying. They are placed by hand into a machine that irons it with rollers. Instead of flattening the fur, as it would appear to, the hairs are lifted, separated and returned to a uniform direction. Think of what static electricity does to your own hair.

7. Finishers examine the coat, checking it yet again for any problem spots, which are repaired.

8. Coats are steamed and linings checked one more time before they're handed over to their owners.

Now, all that being said--I did find one person who buys old, inexpensive furs to make stuffed animals with. She says that you can gently rub cornmeal into the fur and then brush it out with a cat brush. I really have no experience with that process, so I can't said definitively that it will work. But I can understand your not wanting to pay an arm and a leg to get it cleaned. However, regardless of how much you paid when you purchased it, if you would like to enjoy it for years to come, you just might have to. In the meantime, when you wear it make sure your perfume is dry before you put it on so the alcohol in it doesn't dry it out. If you get some water on it from rain or snow, it's best to just shake it out and let it air dry. Fur, by it's nature, is best adapted to cold weather. And never store it in plastic wrap or anywhere that it can't breathe. Good luck!

Lori, Internet Researcher
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 364
Experience: Inquisitive mind, well read, great amount of general knowledge in many subjects
Lori and 60 other General Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Relist: No answer yet.
I received an E-mail saying that I had an answer however I cannot find the link to get to the answer.Please Help!!! My question is How do I clean a mink stole? I bought a used one and no-one in my town cleans mink--so I only paid $35 for the stole and would like to clean it myself.I did have a response to which I tried to get to but cannot .
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
I very much appreciate the response to my question and thank you for your dilligence. It seems that my computer for some reason was skipping over the answer and confused me as to where on the page I was reading. I do appreciate the concern that the "answerer" expressed on my cleaning the fur myself and will indeed probably in the summer--send it to the "big city" to be cleaned.I do however feel that I can clean it for my immediate use as it has no odor and just doesn't seem dirty. Again thank you I trust I have done the proper thing for you to get your money.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Previous | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX

Meet The Experts:

  • Dr. Y.

    Dr. Y.


    Satisfied Customers:

    I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
< Last | Next >
  • Dr. Y.'s Avatar

    Dr. Y.


    Satisfied Customers:

    I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
  • John's Avatar


    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.
  • Tina's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    JD, BBA Over 25 years legal and business experience.
  • GM Tech (Cam)'s Avatar

    GM Tech (Cam)

    GMC Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 14 years experience.
  • dermdoc19's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • Dr. Pat's Avatar

    Dr. Pat

    Bird Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds