How To Care For Winter Coats-Dry Cleaning 101

Winter coats are the real wardrobe MVPs. They are out every night protecting us from the harsh winds and the cold snow. They barely get a break and are overused and overexerted.

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With the winter season upon us, let’s appreciate our winter coats for doing what they do best – providing a warm shelter to snuggle in.

Here‘s how you can clean and care for different types of winter coats:

Wool Coats

Wool coats are made from natural fibers sourced from sheepskin. Wool coats and jackets typically come with ‘dry-clean only’ washing instructions.

Why you may ask?

Well, the coats are padded with lining to give them a sturdier structure and to maintain their shape. Machine washing or dip-drying will stretch the fabric irreversibly.

Stain removal: If there is an oily food stain or a greasy mark on your wool jacket, use a paper towel to blot the area. Use a sponge to gently rub the area with some detergent water. Rinse away the soap using a wet washcloth and leave it to air-dry.

Fleece Jackets

Fleece is made from synthetic fibers that are incredibly lightweight. The jackets can be washed at home with cold water. However, be sure to air dry fleece jackets or tumble dry on low heat settings.

Faux Fur Jackets and Trim

Faux fur coats are made from synthetic fibers and can be washed at home. However, most fur coats are lined with materials that are not machine-washable. Since these jackets and trims can be expensive, it’s better to send them over to professional dry cleaners.

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Stain removal: The best home treatment is to spot clean the stained area with cold water rags. If your wool or leather jacket has a faux fur trim that can be removed, unzip it from the hood and throw it in a cold machine cycle.

Waterproof Coats

Wash waterproof coats with other clothes using a light detergent. Just make sure you use cold water and keep it away from high heat. For best results, hang the coat to air-dry.

Leather Jackets

Leather coats and jacket last you a lifetime. Whether it’s made from real animal hide or synthetic materials— leather jackets are a staple in every winter wardrobe.

Although most stains on leather jackets can be easily removed with a mildly wet piece of cloth, be sure to dry out the spot immediately to prevent mold growth and odors.

Suede Jackets

leather jackets

Suede is a high-maintenance fabric and it requires special solvents and soft-bristled brushes to clean dirt stains. If you don’t have a special suede cleaner, gently brush away the dirt and crumbs and send it to a professional cleaner that specializes in suede cleaning.

Pro Tips

  • Use a lint roller to remove surface dirt from winter coats.
  • Always hang your coats on sturdy wooden hangers as folding causes stubborn creases which are hard to remove.
  • Clean your coats and jackets at the beginningand at the end of the winter season.
  • Empty the pockets to prevent the coat from sagging and losing shape.
  • Store your coats in a sealed garment bag to avoid smelly mothballs.
  • Take them out from time to time for some needed sunshine.

For a more intensive cleaning, send your winter coats to a professional cleaner. They have specialized machinery and unique products to wash every type of fabric without destroying its fit and material.

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