Wintertime will be here sooner than you think, and with the cooler weather comes the natural urge to layer up on warm, comfortable clothes. While your mind may still be in sweater mode from early fall, here’s a reminder to dig out those coats from storage before winter moves in. What’s more, you will likely need to take your winter coat or jacket to a dry cleaner in Cape May County to wash away all of that musty storage aroma.
From refreshing the fabric to its more natural scent to erasing the smell of being in storage, dry cleaning a coat or jacket is a good move. But, how do you go about maintaining your coat’s freshness once it’s back from the dry cleaners? Since dry cleaning a jacket every week is not always possible, here are some helpful tips to care for leather, suede, wool, winter fleece and down jackets after an initial cleaning.
- Wool: A good quality wool coat is expensive, so take care of it by dry cleaning once before the start of winter and again at the end of the season. If something spills on the coat in-between cleanings, immediately blot the moisture instead of rubbing, as this will set in the stain. Always hang up a wool jacket after use and gently brush with a soft bristled suede brush.
- Leather or suede: When the time comes that your jacket requires a more thorough cleaning, take it to a local dry cleaner; if it just appears in need of a spot cleaning, you may only need to use a store bought leather cleaner or conditioner. Minor stains might be able to be removed by using cleaning products specifically designed for leather or suede, and be aware that non-designated cleaners can make things worse.
- Fleece: Fleece jackets are pretty darn simple to care for, which makes them a popular choice for winter wear. You can take a fleece jacket to the dry cleaners, but they are typically home washable. To wash in your home machine, turn fleece inside out and add to a load of similar colored material or alone, then lay flat to air dry.
- Down: Like wool, it is recommended that down coats be professionally dry cleaned twice during the winter months—at the start and end of winter. Washing down at home is doable with gentle handling and, to not dry out the feathers, using a proper detergent made for down. Set your dryer at the lowest possible setting to keep the down fluffed, also check on it periodically to not over or under dry.
Winter is right around the corner—don’t let yourself get caught out in the cold, especially when you have a perfectly good coat already in your possession. When your only excuse for not wearing a warm coat is because your winter coat or jacket is less than fresh from months of being packed away, simply have it cleaned! Visiting a dry cleaner in Cape May County is the best way to guarantee the best clean for your favorite winter coats all winter long.