A Short Guide to Caring for Winter Outerwear | Starcrest Cleaners
January 30, 2020
Midwest towns like Danville, IL have been constantly hit with snow showers this winter season. As such, you've probably taken your winter gear out of their year-long hibernation to brave the cold weather once more. Because of the frequent use, your coats and your boots are now pretty filthy. Plus, they might be damaged and dusty if they weren’t stored properly.
You can’t just chuck your winterwear in the washing machine for a regular cycle, however. They’re made from special materials that won't do well when soaked in harsh detergents and agitated repeatedly. Here’s how you can properly care for your gear.
Sweaters and Beanies
These are versatile enough to wear both inside and outside the home, making them essential to any winter wardrobe. Don’t let your precious wool and cotton sweaters sag or wear out because of improper washing and drying. Consider these pointers when washing them:
- Skip the Regular Soap - Strong detergent could destroy your sweater’s structure. Use a small amount of mild liquid detergent like Woolite when washing it.
- Skip the Machine - Even a gentle machine wash may stretch and agitate your sweater’s fibers too much. Soak it in room temp or lukewarm soapy water for up to five minutes. Rinse with cold water. Gently wring -- NOT squeeze -- to get rid of excess water after.
- Skip the Hangers, Too - The weight of the water on your sweater or beanie will cause it to sag when hung. Lay it flat on a table for drying, flipping it every hour. Fold and store in a cold, dry place after.
Take note: These tips may also be applicable to cold weather hats like beanies.
Down, leather, and fur are thick coat materials that are essential to keeping you warm and protected during the harsh, cold weather. As tough as they are, however, they won’t survive excessive soaking and regular exposure to harsh detergents.
- Down - This material rarely smells after repeated use, so it’s alright to wear as long as it doesn’t have any stains. If it has small ones, spot clean it with a soft cloth damp with soapy water. If it is soiled, bring it to a professional laundry service.
- Fur - Give your fur coats a good shake and brush them at least once a week to avoid debris buildup. If it is stained, don't clean them at home. It’s best to take them to a professional dry cleaner.
- Leather - Stains add personality to your leather jacket. But if it looks unsightly, you can always clean it off with a tissue damp with isopropyl alcohol. For bigger stains, send it over to a leather maintenance specialist for cleaning and conditioning.
Outerwear is essential during the cold season. And it’s often expensive. Do what you can to keep it clean and in one piece. Common trends with the tips mentioned are cleaning only when necessary and be as gentle as possible. With the right techniques, your jackets and sweaters will last long.
Get Professional Cleaning
Don’t have the time to clean your winter outerwear? Send them over to Starcrest Cleaners! We offer professional and convenient laundry services. We employ the latest and best techniques when cleaning your clothes and use high-quality detergent to ensure they’re clean and undamaged.
Contact us today to get your winter clothes ready for the cold weather ahead.