Wool jackets are versatile, comfortable, durable, and warm. Caring for wool coats is different from the care of many other materials. However, the care is simple and not very time consuming. Wool coats last a long time and because of that, there is a good chance that you may have to clean it or care for it a few times. It is a pricier material as well. So, you don’t want to ruin it. Here are some of the top care advice for keeping your wool jacket looking and feeling great for years to come.
- Brush coat gently with a lint brush or soft-bristled suede brush.
This is something that you should do after wearing it each time. It is a great way to ward off lint or soil on the surface of the jacket. It is a great way to ensure that your coat does not gather lint and dirt and can preserve the material for longer.
- Blot the wool right away to handle a spill
Choose a dry wash rag and blot the area of the spill. Make sure not to rub the wool, because it will only spread the moisture and make the spill seep deeper into the wool. You may need to take the jacket to a professional dry cleaner to get rid of some spills. It is suggested that you take your coat to the dry cleaners at least once or twice a year anyways.
If your coat can be hand washed, it is important to use cold water only. There are special detergents and cleaners that are safe on wool. These can be used as well. Treat the stain and then soak the coat for around 7 to 8 minutes. However, they should be mild and designed especially for wool. Lay it on a towel and let it air dry. Ensure that you always shape the coat, so that it doesn’t fit weird when you are done.
- Use a garment bag when storing the jacket
A garment bag is the best way to store your wool jacket during the summer or when not in use. Wool can retain its natural shape and is wrinkle resistant. However, that doesn’t mean that its wrinkle proof. If you take your jacket out of the garment bag and its wrinkled, you can use an iron on a cool setting. However, you should make sure that you put an old pillow case and towel between the iron and the coat.
There are many benefits to choosing a wool coat. If you care for it, the coat will be good for years to come. It doesn’t take long and doesn’t have to be expensive. Stick a double sided Velcro strip to the back of your suede brush and inside your closet. That way, you can brush it quickly when you go to put it away. It is an easy way to save your solid investment and comfortable companion.