Washing and cleaning our coats from the winter is always necessary, says Dial-a-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201. The following are a few pointers for different types and fabrics of coats.
Wool coats can never ever be washed in your washing machine. Hot water will shrink the wool and also they'll lose their shape- the interfacing and stiffeners will be damaged. So. Wool coats MUST be dry-cleaned.
Fur or fur trimmed coats or jackets must also be professionally cleaned. Even if the coat is otherwise washable, anything with fur or leather permanently attached must be cleaned by a professional fur or leather cleaner. Your dry cleaner will send it to a specialist. Check to see if the fur or leather trim or collar is removable, than you can wash your coat if the care label advises you to do so.
Down or synthetic fiber-filled garments, follow the care label. It it says it's washable, use a low temperature, under 140 degrees, medium agitation and rinse twice. When drying, use medium heat, and add a clean tennis ball or a tennis shoe to help return the filling to fluffy and evenly distributed. Otherwise it will clump up.
Synthetics, follow the care label. In general, synthetics require a lower water temperature and regular agitation although this depends on the fabric. Also use the gentle, delicate cycle on your washing machine.
Vinyl-trimmed coats and jackets, follow the care label. Assuming that the whole coat is washable, wash it at a low temperature with light agitation. Do not use a dryer, dry flat or hang to dry.
Dial-a-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201, says that, when in doubt for the cleaning of your winter coats and jackets, do NOT wash them in your washing machine. Be safe and send them to the Dry Cleaners.