Too often, people living in cold regions replace their winter coats and jackets each year. But this can be expensive. By properly caring for your winter coats and jackets, they can continue to serve you for many winters to come. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your coats and jackets.
Removing Lint and Other Particles from Wool Coats
Unfortunately, wool seems to easily pick up everything from lint to pet hair. If you have a wool coat on one made from a wool-like fabric or wood blend, you’ll need to remove lint.
To remove lint, use a coat brush with natural bristles and not a lint roller. This is because lint rollers are sticky and do more harm than good. Firmly sweep your brush against your coat so that hair and other particles are removed.
Hanging and Storing Your Wool Coats
To hang your wool coat, use plastic or cedar hangers. Cedar is ideal for keeping away moths while avoiding smelly mothballs. Cedar sachets can also work if you don’t have any cedar coat hangers. You can either place a cedar sachet on your coat hanger or line the cedar sachets in your closet.
To store your coat when winter is over, use garment bags to protect it from particles such as dust, lint and hair. You can find these bags in various sizes. To avoid permanent creases forming, stuff acid-free paper in the coat sleeves.
Considerations and Warnings
- Hung wool overcoats need to have good air flow.
- Wool coats that are tightly packed with other garments or items can cause wrinkling.
- Don’t hang your wool coat next to anything that’s dirty because this can cause it to absorb odor or dirt.
- To lubricate a sticky zipper, use a bar of hand soap which you rub up and down the zipper track. After opening and closing your zipper a few times, it should be well lubricated.
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