Beat the furs well but carefully, out-of-doors and hang, if convenient, on a line in the sun for an hour or more. Then lay in a box lined with newspapers, putting paper between parts of the furs that must lap over one another. Wrap the box in newspapers, putting a heavy express paper over all, sticking all edges of this last paper with mucilage.
Clean it with a stiff brush dipped in a solution of ammonia and water.
Make a paste of prepared chalk and water, put on the fur with a wide brush and let dry. Beat the fur lightly to remove the chalk.
If chinchilla fur gets wet, suspend it near heat, beating it lightly every few minutes. Harder furs require stiff brushes to smooth them, always stroking in the direction the fur lies.
If furs get wet, absorb all possible moisture by applying hot towels, before hanging to dry.
Smooth starch with water till like paste. Dip a piece of clean white flannel in this paste, rub the furs well with it and leave near fire to dry. Then brush it with a stiff brush, and shake thoroughly to remove the flour.
Brush thoroughly with dry corn meal.
Spread sawdust over sealskin and spray benzine over the sawdust. When nearly dry, brush off with a whisk broom, then brush so the hair stands up, and let it air.
Lay the fur flat on a table, take a clean white cloth and rub dampened corn meal into the fur, always rubbing the way the fur lies. Rub carefully till the fur is filled. Shake, and if not clean, repeat the operation, using plenty of dry corn meal to dry it at the last.
White fur may be cleaned by rubbing in a paste of corn meal and gasoline, repeating, if the fur is badly soiled. Shake well, and air. Clean all things out-of-doors when using gasoline.