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How to clean a Barbour quilted coat

A Barbour quilted coat is a jacket made from padded fabric formed from two or more layers of material which are sewn together with a distinctive pattern. Popular for outdoor pursuits, Barbour quilted coats are likely to become dirty quicker than some other types of coat. There are two main types – waxed jackets and waterproof/breathable jackets. You must clean some Barbour quilted coats by hand and you may wash some others by hand or in a machine.

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Waxed jackets

  1. Run cold water onto the sponge from the tap and squeeze it to remove the excess.

  2. Dab lightly at the dirt to remove it, taking care not to damage the wax finish.

  3. Wash the sponge under the tap to remove all trapped dirt.

  4. Open the jacket to reveal the inner lining.

  5. Dampen the sponge as before and dab lightly at dirt on the liner to remove it.

  6. Hang the coat in a warm place to dry.

Waterproof / breathable jackets

  1. Place your waterproof or breathable Barbour quilted coat into a washing machine.

  2. Add non-detergent soap.

  3. Set the temperature dial to 30 degrees or select a programme with a 30-degree temperature, then start the wash.

  4. Tumble-dry on a low-heat setting.

  5. Tip

    Check the garment care label for specific washing advice relating to your coat.

    Add an additional amount of non-detergent soap if you live in a hard-water area of Great Britain, such as Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Lincolnshire.

    Optionally hand-wash any Barbour quilted coat suitable for machine-washing using water at 30 degrees and non-detergent soap.

    Dry-cleaning is also an option for some waterproof / breathable Barbour quilted coats.

    Re-proof your wax jacket annually.


    Do not dry-clean your Barbour waxed jacket; use only water to clean it. Do not use fabric softeners on your waterproof / breathable jacket as they will spoil the durable water repellent finish. Remove your tumble-dried waterproof/breathable jacket from the drum as soon as the tumble-dry cycle has finished.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Cold water
  • Non-detergent soap
  • Sink, bowl or washing machine

About the Author

Frank Luger

Frank Luger had his first educational resources published in the early 1990s. He worked on a major reading system for Cambridge University Press, became an information-technology adviser and authored interactive whiteboard resources for "The Guardian." Luger studied English literature and holds a Bachelor of Education honors degree from Leeds University.

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