Whether a full length outer coat or part of a business suit, wool coats have always been a must-have for wardrobes. Not only is wool elegant, but its natural fibres add a layer of warmth during the coldest winters. Wool blend garments also represent a significant investment in your wardrobe budget. With proper care, a wool blend coat can be worn for several years.
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Things you need
- Clothing brush
- Large hanger with shaped shoulders
- Wool scrap material
Wear the coat on an every other day basis, as wool needs to rest. Remove everything from the pockets and undo the belts. Hang the coat on larger hangers that are padded or are slightly curved on the shoulder. Make sure the buttons or the zipper is closed on the coat. Don't hang it in a cramped closet; wool needs room to lose any wrinkles and allow the fibres to regain their shape.
Examine the coat for damage or soil. Use a clothing brush to remove surface dirt. Remove any spots with the stain remover from a home dry cleaning product like Dryel. Follow the instructions and always test in an inconspicuous spot first before using it on the outside of the coat.
Refresh the wool blend coat with the Dryel cloths. Wipe the moist cloth across the coat; pay attention to the inside of the cuffs and collar. Hang the coat in a steamy bathroom to remove wrinkles. If the coat gets wet, hang it at room temperature, away from any heat source. Brush it with a clothing brush to restore the nap.
Iron deep set wrinkles with a steam iron heated to the "Wool" setting. Press on the reverse side; if you cannot do this, use a pressing cloth. Do not move the iron back and forth across the wool; lower and lift the iron off of the coat. Extra scraps of wool material make excellent press cloths; they help to preserve the resilient texture of woollens. Prevent imprinting inside detail by placing a piece of brown wrapping paper or tissue paper under folds, seams or darts.
Dry clean wool blend coats professionally at least once a season, unless the care label indicates that it can be hand washed. Then use mild soap and cold water. Do not wring, twist or pull the wet coat; it can cause the wool fibres to lose their shape. Wrap it in a towel to remove excess water, replacing the towel when it becomes wet. Then reshape the coat on a flat surface to dry.
Clean the coat before storing it for the winter. Place the coat in a closet where it will be protected from insects. Check the closet periodically for signs of insects.
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