Coat Care Tips
Have a favorite jacket or coat that you want to keep as long as you can? Or maybe you splurged on a brand new one this year and want to care for it as best as you can! Knowing what to do with many different kinds of jackets from pair covered pea coats, to dirty down jackets, to wool coats can save you the hassle of buying new coats year in and year out. Extend the life of your coat or jacket with these care tips we recommend:
- Remove lint from wool coats with a coat brush. Have you ever tried to use a sticky lint roller on your wool coat? It’s about as futile as letting a two-year-old “help you” clean the house. Buy a coat brush with natural bristles, and brush in a firm, sweeping motion to remove hair and other fibers. Brushing removes surface soil and lint.
- It’s okay to wash your down jacket in the washing machine. Use cold water and a mild detergent. To keep it looking nice, don’t wash it too often; twice a year should be sufficient.
- Use tennis balls to help your down jackets dry properly. Use low heat, and throw three to four clean tennis balls in the dryer alongside the jacket. The balls will help balance out the material in your jacket so that you don’t end up with lumps.
- Lubricate a sticky zipper with hand soap. Do you have a frustrating zipper on one of your jackets? According to Yahoo, you can fix the zipper by closing it and then rubbing a bar of soap up and down the track. Then try to open and close the zipper several times. It should work a lot better.
- Leave leather cleaning to the pros. Leather jackets don’t require a lot of care. Just make sure to hang it up nicely when you’re not wearing it and spot clean easy spills and stains. Have the jacket cleaned annually by a professional to keep it in good shape for years to come.
- Hang coats on plastic or wood hangers. Hangers should be sturdy and broad to preserve the shape of the shoulders on your coat. And be careful not to pack them in too tightly in the closet as this will cause your coats to crumple.
- Blot spills immediately to sop up moisture. Especially on wool coats. Use absorbent cloths or paper towels to blot not rub the spill. Rubbing will spread the liquid and push it deeper into the fiber. If you are unsure about a stain bring it in as soon as possible to us and we can work on it for you. We have the best spotting chemicals and can get a variety of tough stains out.
- Store coats after the season in a garment bag. This will help prevent moths and other insects from infesting the wool. This also helps prevent dirt build up in dusty areas.
We always recommend cleaning of your winter wear before and after the season is over to and periodically throughout months of heavy use. We professionally clean, pre-spot, and steam press your garment to keep them in like-new condition for as long as possible.