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A Guide on How to Care for your Shearling Coat

Shearling coats can be extremely expensive, but they sure do a great job of keeping you warm and looking stylish. Although they are expensive, they can last a very long time if cared for properly. They do need more care than most other materials, especially while cleaning them as they can easily be damaged if not treated in the correct manner. This guide will help you understand how to properly care for your shearling coat.

The most common mistake people make when caring for their shearling coat is they use a washing machine and/or dryer. This is a very easy way to ruin your coat. Always dry clean and air-dry your coat.

Shearling coats easily pick up dirt. In order to prevent the dirt from settling into the coat and causing permanent damage, frequent cleanings are a must. The longer the dirt sits in the shearling, the harder it is to remove it. Frequent cleanings (obviously this varies on how often you wear your coat), will keep your coat looking as good as new.

Heating sources are very dangerous for your shearling, as well as the leather. Never sit by a fire or take your jacket off near a fire place. Even a heater can damage the materials, so please do not place your coat near the heater either.

Keeping the color of your shearling coat is extremely important. These coats tend to loose color easily and the most common cause is the sun. With that said, never let your shearling jacket sit in the sun for long periods of time. If you’re coat rack is in front of a window, do not leave your shearling on this rack. In a matter of a few weeks, your jackets color can fade.

Many people think it’s a wise idea to store your shearling coat in a plastic garment bag. This is a very bad idea as the shearling needs to breathe. Plastic will trap the moisture which can damage the coat. Always use a cloth garment bag and make sure it allows air to flow.

This rule depends on how much space you have, but always try to give the shearling jacket some space when hanging it. Let it hang loose and naturally, not in some twisted way. While on the topic of hanging, make sure you’re using a stout hangar. You don’t want it hanging on a door knob or other round points.

If you can treat your shearling coat well and care for it by following these rules mentioned, your jacket will last a very long time. Shearling coats are very pricey, so it’s definitely worth giving it a bit of attention.

To read more on shearling coats and even on caring for a faux shearling coat check out this authors blog at shearlingcoats.org.