Time to put those wool coats away!

For most of us the chill of winter has gone away! Your wool coats are in need of cleaning and storing and caring for you woolens is a bit different than other materials.

Wool coats are a wonderful addition to your winter wardrobe. Not only are they great for keeping you warm, but they can also be a fashion statement. Take a look at some of these examples that I ran across.

Below are some tips on how to care for your wool coats to make sure they last for years.

1. It is good to brush the coat with a soft suede brush or lint brush to clean the coat after wearing it and before hanging in the closet. This will help remove surface soil and lint.

2. Make sure to hang your coats on a hanger suited for heavy wools such as a wide plastic or wooden hanger. Wool coats are heavy and a wire hanger cannot support the weight and could stretch the shoulders out of shape. Be careful to leave air between your coats and don’t hang next to dirty items as they tend to absorb the dirt and odor.

3. If you spill something on your wool, or any fabric for that matter, just blot with a clean cloth. Please do not rub the spill, I know it is tempting, but try to resist. Rubbing the spill will only push it deeper into the fabric and will cause the liquid to spread more. Consult your favorite dry-cleaner to take care of the rest.

4. I suggest always cleaning your coat at the end of the season. Please make sure to remove the plastic when you get it home and place it in a breathable garment bag for protection from dust. You may choose to clean it again before wearing, but that is really not necessary if it is stored properly. Of course if something spills on it or it just gets dirty, clean it!

5. If you find that wrinkles have set in over the summer you might just try letting it hang without the garment bag. If you still feel you need to iron it, place it on a flat surface; your ironing board or a table and cover the area of the coat with a sheet or cloth. Use some steam for best results, but do not place the iron or steamer directly on the wool.

Enjoy your spring and summer, give those coats some TLC and they will be good as new next season.

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