We’ve outlined basic guidelines to help you decide when to clean your outerwear, so you can give these pieces top-notch treatment.
Consider the fabric
The fabric of your coat or jacket is one of the key factors in deciding how frequently it needs to be cleaned.
- Down jackets, leather jackets and wool coats: Once a season, if worn sporadically; twice a season, if worn regularly.
- Suit jackets and blazers: After four to five wears.
- Fleece jackets: After six or seven wears.
- Rain jackets: Once a month, if worn infrequently; twice a month, if worn regularly. You should also use a durable water repellent finish to ensure the jacket’s waterproof coating is doing its job.
By the end of the season
In order to prolong the life of your coat or jacket, don’t forget to tend to your outerwear during the off season. Before storing it at the end of the season, make sure your jacket is clean—even if you don’t see any visible traces of dirt or stains. Moths are attracted to perfume and food odors, so if your coat or jacket isn’t freshly cleaned, it can end up with pesky moth holes.
While many coats and jackets can be hand washed or machine washed, dry cleaning is ideal for wool coats or ones with embellishments.
Keep in mind that leather jackets require special care; leather can’t be exposed to water, so bringing it to a specialty cleaner will ensure your jacket gets professional treatment.
Clean outerwear and appropriate storage go hand in hand. In order to ensure your outerwear is in excellent condition for the following season, you want to make sure everything is taken out of your coat or jacket pockets. Besides that, check that the zippers are zipped, buttons are buttoned and snaps are snapped. This will help your coat or jacket maintain its original shape.
When it comes to storage, your outerwear, especially a leather jacket or down jacket, needs to be given breathing room. This means you shouldn’t store your coats or jackets in plastic garment bags but rather in fabric storage bags. Plastic bins are also acceptable, but only if you don’t store too many coats and jackets in one bin.
By following these cleaning and storage guidelines, you can continue to wear your coats or jackets in the years to come. After all, they keep you warm and cozy through cooler weather, so they deserve a little TLC in return.
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