Sure, you could drop your overcoat off at the dry cleaners. No problem. But don’t think your fancy top coat or pea coat can’t be washed at home. It’s a simple process that’s easily accomplished.
⋆ Prior to laundering, treat the collar and sleeves with a pretreatment stain remover. Turn the coat inside-out and also treat the underarms of your coat (since most overcoats fit more snuggly there).
⋆ Add a detergent like Woolite or The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to your washer. Place the coat inside and set the cycle to “gentle” using cold or warm water. (You can use a mesh washing bag to prevent any snagging.)
⋆ Hang dry and steam out any wrinkles. Never put a wool coat into the dryer because it will shrink. The washer’s spin cycle should wring out any excess water, but you can also roll the jacket in a clean towel and squeeze out any extra moisture.
Pro Tip: In between washings, keep your coat clean by brushing it with a suit brush. Lay it flat on a hard surface and brush it, starting at the top and working your way down. Make sure to attack areas like under the arms and the tops of pockets, which can easily gather lint.
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