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October is the perfect time to pull out your winter coats and make sure they’re nice and clean for the upcoming winter. Here are some helpful cleaning tips from the cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID to help you carefully clean your winter coat this fall season.

Wool Jacket: Check the label of your wool jacket for washing instructions. If your jacket cannot be machine or hand washed, have it cleaned at your local dry cleaners. If your wool jacket can be hand washed, start by filling a large basin with cold water. Add a small amount of mild wool detergent and agitate the water by swirling it with your hand. Let the wool coat soak in the water for five to ten minutes. Drain the basin and rinse the jacket with cold water, gently squeezing the material to remove the soap. Once all of the soap has been removed, lay your wool jacket flat onto a thick towel to air dry. For on-going care, use a soft suede or lint brush to gently brush your jacket after each use.

Down Jacket: Always check the label before washing your jacket to determine whether or not it is machine washable. For down jackets or vests, a front-loading washing machine is recommended as the centre agitator in top loading machines can cause damage to the material. Brush off any loose mud or dirt from the jacket and do up any zippers, snaps or Velcro. If possible, turn the jacket inside out. Using gentle laundry soap, wash the down jacket in cold water on a delicate wash cycle. Once clean, tumble-dry the jacket on low heat. Do not air-dry your down coat, as this will cause the down to flatten.

Fleece Jacket: Fleece is a synthetic, high-tech fabric used in many types of outerwear. It’s lightweight, warm and has the ability to wick away sweat and keep you dry during a workout. To clean, wash your fleece jacket in cold or lukewarm water on a permanent press cycle. Never wash your fleece jacket with lint-heavy clothing, as fleece tends to pick up lint and pet hair easily. Air-dry or tumble-dry your jacket on low heat.

Leather Jacket: To clean your leather coat, mix a solution of warm water and a few drops of mild detergent. Dampen a microfibre cloth in the solution and gently wipe the surface of the jacket. Use a clean, dry microfibre cloth to dry the leather.