How to Effectively Clean Your Winter Jackets

During these frigid months, your winter coat or jacket is your best friend. Not only does it keep you warm and cozy, but the variety of types of jackets allows you to show off your style. Since you are probably wearing your jackets often this time of year, it is important that you are making sure they stay clean and fresh. Let’s take a look at the proper washing methods for the different types of jackets and coats so you can keep them nice and clean throughout the winter.

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Fleece Jackets

One of the most popular winter materials is fleece, due to the fact that it is a lightweight material that provides great warmth. Fleece is classified as a synthetic fiber fabric, so it should be washed in cold or warm water on the permanent press cycle. When drying fleece jackets, it is usually best to air dry. If you do choose to put your fleece in the dryer, never use high heat. You may tumble on low heat to get the drying process started, but remove the jacket while it is still damp.

Waterproof Coats or Jackets

Since waterproof jackets come with a waterproof finish on the material, it is important to wash using gentle detergent so the finish is not removed. Always wash these jackets in cold water and always air dry. The dryer can cause harm to the jacket, thus making it ineffective.

Vinyl Coats

When it comes to winter coats, vinyl coats are generally on the easier side to clean. If you have a stain, you can usually wipe it off with a damp cloth. When it comes to washing vinyl coats in the washing machine, you can usually wash it using a gentle cycle with cool or warm water. Always air dry and avoid the dryer, as the high heat can cause them to melt.

Leather Jackets or Coats

The good thing about a leather jacket or coat is that they typically last for many years. They do however require a bit of care to make sure they stay soft. Like vinyl coats, stains can usually be removed by wiping them with a damp cloth. When it comes to washing your leather jacket or coat it is important to always read the label to see what the inner lining fabric is. The best option may be to hand wash your leather jacket.

Wool Coats

When washing your wool coats, it is washable using cool water and a gentle cycle. However, most wool coats are labeled dry clean only. In tailored wool coats, the inside is lined with padding to prevent stretching. These inner fabrics are not machine washable. If they are placed in water, they can dissolve or become misshapen.

We hope that this article was able to provide some insight on how to keep your winter jackets or coats nice and clean this winter. Don’t forget that Bakers Centre Laundry is open 24/7, so you can stop by at your convenience. We also offer exceptional 24/7 Dry Cleaning Services, for all your jackets or coats that are not machine washable. See you soon!