For all coats, there are some general guidelines you should follow if you want to lengthen their value. We have advice on how to store your warm winter coats, from down and synthetic insulators to wool coats.
Walking outside expecting the bluster of snow and instead seeing the sun shining in all its snow-melting glory might cause you to toss your winter coat into the air and run off to the lake. Is that any way to treat the thing that stopped you from hibernating this winter? Follow this helpful guide to ensure the way you are storing winter clothes keeps your coats in tip-top shape for the next time winter rolls around.
Maybe it's your first down coat or down vest. Maybe it's your tenth. We want to keep that down fluffy for as long as it should last. Down coats do not require a dry cleaner, and you can actually wash and dry them at home. There are detergents made specifically for down jackets, like Grangers or Revivex, but a gentle detergent of your choice is acceptable.
Even though down feathers are from geese, there is bird technology that does not come with down jackets. While down is light and traps heat well, if down gets wet and is not dried or aired out properly, the heat-trapping qualities will not do you or the coat justice.
It's best to let down air dry but you can throw it in the dryer on a low tumble for 10 minutes to revive those feathers to their full puff.
With a synthetic insulation coat, treat it in the same way you've treated your down coat. Give it room to breathe. If they’re stored improperly, shoved to the bottom of a box, or stuffed in a bag, the synthetics begin to break down and lose their puff over time. Though it's a synthetic material, it's not a synthetic fluff.
1. Clean before storing. When drying, throw some clean tennis balls in along with your down coat. Tennis balls help knock the feathers around so they dry separate from the large clumps they can gather in.
2. Store properly. Down and synthetic insulation both love to hang loose and show off their puffy potential. Hang on a wooden or plastic hanger and avoid keeping your warmer coats from being tightly bunched up.
3. Keep coats away from humidity and wetness. That damp basement is not ideal. Your warmest coats will last longer if you store them in a climate that does not get too humid.
4. When it's time to bring it out for the next winter season, toss your down or synthetic insulation coat into the dryer for 10 minutes. Tumble dry low. It will return the puffy-ness.
While many say that cheap, low-quality clothing is killing fashion, the long-time suspect for your highly valued goods is the moth. Brush that wool coat as though it's a sheep in the barn. When a wool coat has been kept well, it returns the favor in style and warmth. With great style comes great responsibility, and it is worth it.
1. After each wear, brush your wool coat. This will clean out any hair, food particles, or dirt that's collected in the fabric. If you have a lint roller, use that too. Lint rollers don't clean as deeply so make sure to at least use a brush.
2. Worried about stains a brush may not be able to handle? Take it to the dry cleaner for a guaranteed clean.
3. Store your wool coat in a moth-proof garment bag, and hang it on a wooden hanger in your closet.
4. Count the days till you can wear it again.
Pro tip: always read and follow your coat’s care instructions. These tags want to ensure you love your jacket for as long as you have it. Winter coats are worth the money you put down, so make sure that the way you are storing winter coats gets your full attention. You wool not be disappointed.