Shearling Jacket & Coat Care
A quality shearling jacket is indeed an investment, as these coats are
not inexpensive. Moreover, shearling, unlike other fabrics, requires
a bit more attention be paid to how the fabric is cared for. It's not
that shearling isn't durable - far from it. Instead, improper care (which
usually happens in the cleaning stage) of a shearling jacket or coat
can destroy many of the fine properties found in shearling insulation
(such as its softness and superb insulating ability). For these reasons,
it is necessary to keep a few things in mind when cleaning them.
Basic Steps to Taking Care of Shearling Coats and Jackets
All the Orvis Shearling
Coats and Jackets shown on this web site have complete wear and
care instructions - instructions which should be followed very closely.
That said, as a general rule, proper care of a coat involves the
- Rule #1 - Never put the coat into a washing machine or a dryer! With
few exceptions, most shearling products need to be either dry cleaned
or "air-dryed". A trip through the washing machine and a dryer is a
splendid way to kill a high-quality shearling coat product!
- Rule #2 - Frequent small cleanings are good. What
this means is that you do not want to let dirt get heavily soiled into
the jacket - as it can be very difficult to remove, if at all. Instead,
clean the jacket soon afterit gets dirty.
- Rule #3 - Keep the jacket away from open flames
or high heat sources! This not only will damage the shearling but can
also damage the leather too.
- Rule #4 - Avoid prolonged exposure to strong sunlight - such as hanging
the coat or jacket in a sunny windows for weeks at a time - as this
can bleach out the jacket.
- Rule #5 - Long term storage. Do NOT use a plastic garment bag, as
it does not breathe and allows moisture to get trapped. Instead, use
a cloth garment bag that allows for air movement.
- Rule #6 - Give the jacket some space. Hang the jacket
or coat loosely - not stuffed tightly among other clothes. You want
it to hang naturally, not in some contorted way.
- Rule #7 - Speaking of hanging, always hang a shearling
jacket on a hangar - a stout one. Never drape it over a doorknob or
point like that (such as on a coat rack) unless the jacket specifically
has a place that it can be hung from (most do).
- Rule #8 - When wet, just let the jacket air-dry.
- Rule #9 - Clean the jacket in the spring, and clean it good. Winter
solvents and salt will accumulate on the jacket and, if not removed,
slowly destroy the jacket. Clean in spring and then forget about it
til next season.
- Rule #10 - Just say no to silicone. Silicone and shearling/leather
jacket products don't mix.
- Rule #11 - Don't put adhesive stickers on the jackets,
as the stickers - when removed - may pull out some of the fabric.
Summing it Up
After reading the above list, you may have come to the conclusion that
a high quality shearling jacket may not be worth the trouble of owning.
Truth is, a high quality jacket is very, very easy to take care of.
And is incredibly versatile - functioning as a gorgeous day-use jacket,
backwoods jacket and just about everything in between.
It just needs to be remembered that shearling is a different type of
insulation than other fabrics - and thus requires its own unique
brand of care.
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