Ostrich Feathers Care

Storing Ostrich Feathers:

Ostrich feathers will develop if certain storage conditions are met. We have found that hairs stored between 15-23°C (59-73°F) perform very well. In fact, the higher the temperature, the better, because that means there is less moisture in the air. Over time, moisture can damage ostrich feathers, meaning their lifespan will be shortened. Therefore, it is best to keep the room temperature as close to 23°C as possible.

That’s room temperature, but what should ostrich feathers be stored in? Although standard card is generally used to store feathers, this is not recommended because the acid in the card can adversely affect the feathers over time. The best way to store ostrich feathers is in an acid-free cardboard box (PH neutral). These boxes not only prevent the acidity that ages the ostrich feathers, but also protect the feathers from other sources of damage; eg insects, dust, light exposure and overuse. These boxes are readily available online and start at around £20.

Cleaning Ostrich Feathers:

No matter how well ostrich feathers are stored, they will eventually need to be cleaned. We will now outline a few methods of how this can be achieved. If the hairs contain dust or other easily removable dirt, we recommend brushing them. The best brushes to use would be a large artist’s paintbrush with natural bristles (dry!) ​​or a soft baby brush. A soft brush is necessary to avoid damaging the hairs during cleaning. Supporting the ostrich feather with one hand, brush in the direction of the feathers, applying light pressure. After a few strokes, dust should begin to clear of fluff. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or brush to the feathers, as this may damage the feathers.

Many people prefer to clean their ostrich feathers with water. We do not recommend this unless it is really necessary. If the hairs need to be washed, the following method will work. Clean each feather individually by rinsing them under warm water, apply a little baby shampoo while the feather is damp and gently massage the ostrich feather by stroking it in the direction of the feathers. It can be left to dry overnight with shampoo that rinses off the hair or use a hair dryer on its lowest setting. Using a hair dryer on the feather should take about 10 minutes. If the feather begins to lose its fullness, hold it over a pot of steaming water for a few minutes, where the moisture will help the feather regain its shape!

We hope this article has shown you how ostrich feathers can last for many years by following a few easy care tips.

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