Spring has sprung and although we love our winter accessories, it’s time for them to go back into hibernation!
Gwen’s coats and jackets consist of several materials - wool, synthetics, even fur collars and cuffs…but she was willing to risk it rather than have her items dry cleaned.
When needed, pre-treat any stained areas with Stain Solution and a Stain Brush.
Don’t forget to empty your pockets before washing. Some of your items may need a quick brushing to help remove some of that lint and hair as well.
Be sure to turn your items inside out and when possible put them into a mesh washing bag. Always separate colors and wash according to fabric content.
For Gwen’s wool coats, capes and fur, we laundered with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.
Here are the settings…
Now we’re ready for synthetics…
Synthetic material can be difficult to remove stains from so always pre-treat with our Stain Solution and a Scrub Brush.
Jackets with hardware should always be placed in a mesh washing bag to protect the belts, cuffs, etc.
Note: The lining in this jacket contains white polyester and we were totally prepared for the black dye to run…but it didn’t!
All synthetics should be laundered with Delicate Wash with these settings:
All of Gwen’s coats and jackets were promptly removed from the washer, turned right side out and steamed while damp to help prevent and remove creasing.
Note: It’s ok to be nervous about your fur when it first comes out of the wash...
Gwen’s fur collar looked exactly like Bella after Auntie Gwen let her run through the water fountain in Washington Square Park…FYI that’s illegal….OOOPS!!!
Brush your items again right after steaming to carefully remove any lint or hair that was left over pre-wash.
Allow all of your items to thoroughly dry, some may require additional steaming once completely dry.
With the coats, capes and jackets drying, we could now start on scarves, hats and gloves.
Always place smaller knit items i.e. hats and gloves in a mesh washing bag for protection.
We laundered these items with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo on a woolen cycle.
Always remove your items from the wash immediately and allow to flat or hang dry, never put wool items in the dryer. Be sure to steam scarves when damp to help reduce creasing.
Now that all of my winter items are washed and ready for storing, I can continue to impatiently await the warmer weather!