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How to get grease out of a down coat

Updated February 21, 2017

Grease is one of the more stubborn stains to get out of any material. You must dissolve it to remove it from the fabric. Washing powder normally doesn't have the power to remove grease on its own--the task takes a degreaser. When you get a grease stain on a down coat, its important to get rid of the stain without damaging the down or outer shell.

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  1. Spread the coat out on a hard, flat workspace so you can reach the grease stain. Place a few drops of dishwashing detergent on it. Gently rub it in with your fingers. Allow the grease stain to set undisturbed for a couple of hours, says mrscleanusa.com.

  2. Wash the down coat by itself in your washing machine. Choose a "Large" load setting. Set the water temperature to "Cold." Use a gentle cycle and a detergent that cleans well in cold water. You'll need to push the coat down into the water in the machine until the down becomes wet and heavy.

  3. Remove the down coat from the washer. Check to make sure the grease is gone. If not, repeat Steps 1 and 2. If so, proceed to Step 4.

  4. Place the coat in your clothes dryer. Set the dryer on "Low" heat. How long it takes the down coat to dry depends on its size, how wet it is, and your dryer. It will take approximately an hour for a medium-sized coat.

  5. Tip

    When the down has completely dried, it should be pretty well evenly distributed throughout the coat. Shake it out when it's finished drying to get it fluffy again.


    Check your washing machine periodically as you wash the down coat. The heaviness of the wet down may make the tub become unbalanced and stop. If you have doubts about washing your down coat in the washing machine, contact the manufacturer for advice. Even if the care tag says "Dry Clean Only," down coats can often be laundered safely.

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Things You'll Need

  • Grease-cutting dishwashing detergent
  • Gentle, cold-water washing powder

About the Author

Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.

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