It’s the stuff of Hollywood fantasies: the faux fur rug that looks so real, you swear it’s real.
But do it the right way.
How to fake fur and fake fur rugs article The trick is to make a faux fur rag look as real as it looks, said Laura Ganser, a pet care product expert with PetSmart in Los Angeles.
It should be easy enough to get the rug done, Gansar said.
But to truly fake it, you’ll need to invest in some expensive quality tools.
If you have the luxury of buying a real fur rug, you could make a fake one.
“Faux fur rags are a great way to create a faux faux fur texture,” Gansi said.
“A fake fur texture is much easier to apply than a real one.
They’re very flexible and you can layer them with a lot of different materials.”
If you can’t find a faux fiber rug, then make one by buying faux fur scraps, Genser said.
You can buy real fibers from a fabric store.
“You can use a fabric you already have or you can buy fiber from a local fabric store,” Gensi said, “or you can use scraps from the grocery store.”
If your fabric is a natural fiber like cotton, then the trick is just to make sure that you can easily remove the fiber without damaging the fabric, Gonser said, adding that you could buy fibers from your local fabric retailer.
She suggested buying a fiber that’s a bit softer, like cotton.
It might sound like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be.
You could just cut the fibers into smaller pieces, Ginser said by email.
You don’t have the fiber to make your own fiber and it doesn´t have to look or feel exactly the same, she said.
She also suggested using a lighter fabric, like linen, because it absorbs the fiber better and is less likely to fade.
Gansers recommended you wear the faux fiber for at least 15 to 30 minutes before you apply the fibers, but she also recommends waiting a couple of days.
To get the real thing, make sure the fiber is still fresh.
To remove the fibers before applying, gently pat them off the rug, Ganner said in an email.
Then gently wipe them off with a soft cloth.
You’ll want to make the fibers look as long as possible.
To clean the fiber, wash it with hot soapy water, which is just warm water.
You might also want to dip the fiber in a small amount of bleach.
To keep the fibers clean, use a soft towel or a sponge to brush off the fibers.
If the fiber does have a stain, apply a thin layer of water to it.
Then rinse the fibers off with warm soapy tap water.