Tips for Cleaning & Caring for Your Winter Coat

When Winter approaches, your coat instantly becomes an important staple in your wardrobe. Whether it’s for fashion, work, or to simply keep you warm outside, Winter coat materials must stay resistant to withstand outdoor conditions. No matter how durable they may seem, Winter coats are an investment that requires proper care and maintenance to last through the seasons. From your coat’s outer layer to the lining and padding, proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage are necessary to avoid damaging it.

So what do you need to do to make your Winter coat last?

Below are some tips for properly caring for your Winter coat:

Cleaning Your Coat

When it comes to washing your coat, you should always review the care instructions on the tag. Coat manufacturers understand the materials they use and will provide the best care recommendations. If the care instructions on the tag are not legible or have been removed, we recommend using a clean, damp white rag to spot clean stained areas. Avoid using any chemical-based cleaning solutions. While the coating on weather-protective fabrics makes them resistant to wind and water, using cleaning solutions may damage the fabric. More delicate materials like wool, fur, and leather should also never be cleaned with chemical-based solutions as this will ruin the material. 

If you feel unsure about cleaning your coat, we recommend taking it to a professional cleaner as their knowledge of fabrics and materials will provide you with the most effective options for cleaning. In most cases, dry cleaning is a capable method for cleaning but depending on the material, other methods should be used instead. A professional cleaner will understand the safe and proper way to clean materials like wool, fur, and leather.

Caring for Your Coat

Winter coats are made of different materials that are durable enough to keep you warm and protect you from outside elements. But despite how sturdy your coat may be, it’s not indestructible, and specific care methods must be used to avoid damaging the outer and inner layer materials. 

Below are some recommendations to properly care for your coat:

1. Maintenance

Materials like suede, leather, and fur require specific maintenance to prevent them from damage such as drying, cracking, and looking dull. Proper maintenance also includes storage, hanging, and placement as these issues can lead to permanent creases, damage to the liner, crushing of the fur and/or padding, cracks, rips, and tears.

2. Fabric Care & Stain Removal

Your coat’s fabric material may be resistant to wind and water but it is not resistant to stains. Understanding the material of your coat is important to take the proper steps to clean it. Avoid over-the-counter stain removal products at all costs as they can damage the fabric and material. In the event of a stain, we recommend gently blotting the stained area with a clean, moist, white towel. This should be done as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting into the material which can cause more damage.  In any case, we recommend taking it to a professional cleaner for the safest, most effective stain removal.

3. Storage

As the Winter months fade away and the climate gets warmer, your coat may need to be stored and put away for some time. Before storing your coat, we recommend a thorough cleaning to remove all stains and prevent fabric discoloration as well as lingering odors. If your storage method includes hanging, we recommend using a wooden hanger with rounded edges as this will maintain its shape. Also, storing it in a breathable garment bag can protect your coat from dirt, dust, and insects.

Choosing the Right Cleaner

Properly cleaning and caring for your Winter coat can ensure it stays looking pristine for many seasons. While there are methods that can be used to clean and care for your coat yourself, understanding the material of your coat is essential to its care as this will determine what steps need to be taken. A professional cleaner can provide confidence as their knowledge of fabrics and materials can determine the best, safest methods. For the best reassurance, seek a professional cleaner with expertise in the materials your coat is made of.

Looking to get professional cleaning for your Winter coat? Davis Imperial has been serving residents throughout the Chicago area for over 65 years. Our expert staff understands fine garments and fabrics and is dedicated to providing extraordinary care. Sign up today for pick up and delivery services.

How to Care for Your Fur Coat

Fur coats are timeless luxury garments that come at a high price due to the craftsmanship, materials, and attention to detail needed to make them. Many furs are delicate, requiring proper care and maintenance to maintain their quality and condition. According to fur care specialists, coats that are properly cleaned and maintained can last up to 50 years. However, improper care and cleaning techniques can just as easily destroy your fur coat beyond the possibility of restoration. 

So how do you properly care for your fur coat and avoid permanent damage?

We’ll outline some tips from our very own furriers below:

Removing Stains & Dirt

No matter how careful you are, stains and dirt are almost impossible to avoid so there is a high chance that your fur coat will eventually get dirty or stained. In the event you stain your fur coat, NEVER attempt to wash it at home using your washing machine. Soaps, detergents and other chemical stain removers can damage the fur. Instead, you should use a clean cloth to dab the stained area on your coat. You can also use a slightly damp cloth to gently blot the stained area. But any stains that cannot be removed by these techniques should be cleaned by a professional.

Maintain the Natural Oils of the Fur

Have you ever noticed the beautiful shiny look of a well-kept fur coat? The base of the coat releases natural oils that expand throughout the fur which gives a sheen to it. To best maintain the natural oils of the fur and keep your coat looking pristine, we recommend having your coat professionally cleaned and cared for at least once a year.

Protect it From Excess Moisture

Weather conditions can be unpredictable causing your fur coat to get wet unintentionally. While exposure to water and moisture may not permanently damage your coat, we recommend avoiding excess dampness to prevent further harm. If your fur coat gets wet, we recommend shaking your coat out to release any water that is trapped within the fibers of the fur. Once you are done shaking it out, we recommend hang-drying your coat in a well-ventilated area away from direct sources of heat. You should never put it in the dryer as this can significantly damage your coat. If your fur has been completely soaked and cannot be dried naturally, we recommend having it professionally cared for. A professional cleaner can take further measures to dry the fur and treat it to prevent any damage caused by the moisture.

Keep Dirt & Dust Away

If exposed to dust, dirt, and other particles, the oil from the fur absorbs these substances which in turn disrupts the release of the oils it produces. This causes the natural fibers of the fur to turn dull and patchy. We recommend getting your fur coat professionally cleaned to effectively remove all dust and dirt particles from the fibers in the fur. This will restore the oils it releases and maintain the sheen of your fur without damaging it.

Avoid Matting & Crushing Your Fur

Accessories like jewelry and shoulder bags can mat and wear away areas of the fur where they’ve been pressed together for long periods. To maintain the natural look and feel of your fur, you should avoid accessories that press up against it. 

Also, sitting on and leaning against your coat can crush the fur. If you’re planning on sitting for a long period of time, it’s recommended that you place the coat on the back of your chair or lay it flat across your lap. This will keep your body weight from crushing  the fur and keep it looking nice and full.

Know When to Get it Professionally Cleaned

Fur coats are timeless luxury garments that can be in your wardrobe for decades if properly cared for. Knowing and understanding when to get your coat professionally cleaned can be the difference maker in making it last. While small issues can be taken care of by you, xposure to excess moisture, stains, dirt, dust and other debris should be addressed by a professional cleaner right away.

To keep your coat looking pristine and shiny, we recommend having it professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you need fur cleaning and storage services, contact Davis Imperial Cleaners today at (866) 267-4560. Our fur cleaning specialists have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to properly clean, repair, moisturize, dry, and remove odors from your coat.