A Laundry Primer
How to care for and clean your clothes properly.
Be honest. You've never washed your winter coat have you? And if you were to smell your coat, what do you think it'd smell like? That probably depends on a number of factors—like where you've worn it, how often you wear it and how long you've owned it. But the takeaway is the same: coats are clothes too. And oftentimes, they're expensive garments that deserve to be cared for properly. The problem with not washing your coats, ever, is that dirt and grime builds up, creating a dingy appearance that will, over time, ruin the look of the coat. Treat your outerwear well and it'll last longer and you'll look better.
Giving your down-filled outerwear a good washing once a season will help persevere the oils of the feathers within and keep it from looking like a deflated sleeping bag.
Don't think your fancy top coat or pea coat needs to be dry cleaned. A wool overcoat can easily be washed at home.
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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 armpits and the tops of pockets which can gather lint.
Fleece outerwear is predominantly made from polyester because of its warmth and water repellent qualities. Washing can ensure the texture of the fleece doesn't get matted.