After the bird has been carefully skinned, the skin should be nailed out on a board with the feathers downwards, and having been well peppered, should be rubbed with a strong solution of alum and left on the board till quite dry. It must be placed in the air when drying.
Furs require the greatest care. They have especially to be guarded from damp and moth. Wet or damp spoils fur, especially chinchilla. The moment the wearer of fur enters the house after a damp or wet walk she should wipe her fur carefully with a very clean cloth, and then dry it at a little distance from the fire. It will decay if it is put away damp.
Before putting furs away for the summer shake and wipe them well, (but do not shake chinchilla; it will not bear it; it is so fragile), sew them up in linen with small bags of pepper with them, or pepper the fur - it will shake out afterwards. Cedar shavings put in with the fur are also a good defence against moth. Wrap the linen envelope in another of coarse brown paper. Carefully wipe out the box or drawer in which you place the furs, and take care that it is not a damp place in which you leave them. Furs should be examined several times during the summer to be sure no moth has got in. They should be put away also before moths are about.
Fur may be cleaned by rubbing dark furs with clean dry bran, and ermine with powdered starch till it is white - but both cleanings make a great mess in the house, and never answer so well as sending the furs to a good furrier. Grebe is cleaned by washing it well with a soft sponge and hot soap and water; then again with warm water only. Brush, down with a clean clothes brush.