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Care For Your Winter Coats Like They Are Your Best Friends

From leather to down, your winter armour will require some TLC every now and then. Here are some tips on how protect your winter faves and to keep it looking its best.

The Ice age has once again hit our land and we rush to the storage closets to wear whatever keeps us warm. Good winter coats are definitely an investment, the better you care for them, the longer they last – the better for our environment.

WOOL

Wool coats come in all shapes and colours and they are versatile, too. Most wool coats should be dry-cleaned to preservethe structured shape, paddings, and to ensure the inner fabric stays intact. For light stains, simply spot clean with a gentle soap, shampoo, or home dry-cleaning kit (make sure you read the coat’s instruction label before using the kit).

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DOWN

Down coats provide lots of warmth without the weight of some other coats.. Luckily, they are also easy to wash at home.

Follow these steps:

  1. Use a liquid down cleaner – they help retain the down feathers natural oils. Harsh detergents can remove the natural oils.
  2. Use a washing machine that doesn’t have a center agitator – these are more gentle to the fabric and prevent from damaging the fibres.
  3. Dry on low heat. Preferably low and slow as feathers don’t like it too toasty.

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FAUX FUR

Many design houses have embraced faux fur. Brands like Burberry and Stella McCartney dismiss fur altogether and many other design houses are following. Caring for your faux fur piece is usually quite easy. However, we recommend reading the care instructions before washing inner linings or other components of the coat may not like being washed. Generally, faux fur is washable at a very low temperature. Keep in mind that the fibers are synthetic and don’t do well with hot temperatures.

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FUR

Some of us still have Grandma’s old fur coat and there’s a reason why these winter statement pieces are passed on from generation to generation. If not maintained properly, the hide that holds the fur hairs dries and causes the hair to shed. We highly recommend this investment to be handled by a professional cleaner.

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LEATHER

Although a classic leather jacket isn’t the warmest, when layered properly it can keep you from the cold, though maybe not a blizzard. Given the proper care, a leather jacket can last a very long time. Conditioning the leather with leather protector products goes a long way. Many stains can be wiped off gently with a clean and damp cloth, however tougher stains may require a bit more effort depend on what type of leather. Aniline leather is the most common for Jackets and can be gently hand-washed, provided that the inner lining is washable.

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