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How to Dry Clean a Wool Coat

Updated: Sep 9

With the cold weather here to stay, now is the time to make sure your coat is clean and ready to keep you warm. Cleaning your wool coat isn't that different from cleaning other clothes—you'll just need a few extra tools. Here are our recommendations for how to clean a wool coat:


At Grand Cleaners, we know you want to protect your investment in the clothing you love. We'll do everything we can to make sure you can keep wearing your favorite wool coat for years to come.

When most people think of wool, they think of scratchy sweaters and uncomfortable pants.


But wool is also used to make some of the most beautiful, durable outerwear out there—so if you find yourself in need of a quality coat that will keep you warm for many years to come, consider buying one made from wool.

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For the most part, wool coats are low-maintenance. Since they are naturally water-resistant, you can shake off light rain and snow showers with ease.


But when it comes time for a deeper clean, it's best to have your coat professionally dry cleaned; that way, the delicate fibers won't be damaged by improper handling.


Grand Cleaners is a third generation dry cleaners with over 30 years experience, so we know a thing or two about how to keep your coat looking its best.


Before bringing your coat in for service, check the label to see if there are any special instructions (this is especially important if it has any leather trim). If there are no specific cleaning instructions listed on the label, bring the coat to us; we'll give it a thorough inspection and tell you how we plan to clean it.


Washing Your Wool Coat by Hand

A wool coat is a beautiful thing, but it requires special care. Wool is vulnerable to shrinking in water, staining easily, and matting when it's wet. It also has a propensity for retaining odors. Dry cleaning is the best way to clean a wool coat, but if you must wash it yourself, do so with caution.


You'll get better results if you use the gentlest method possible that still gets your garment clean. And remember: always test any cleaning method on an inconspicuous spot on your garment first.


Step 1:

Fill a sink with cold water and add a small amount of detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Brush the wool coat with a soft-bristled brush to remove any surface dirt or debris. Gently rub the bristles over the entire surface of the wool coat.


Step 2:

Fill a tub or bucket with cold water and add two cups of baby shampoo. Mix thoroughly until sudsy. Dunk your wool coat in and out of the soapy bath several times, making sure to get every part of the coat wet. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes before removing it from the water and rinsing in fresh cold water until all soap residue is removed.


Step 3:

Rub the stains gently with your fingers while it soaks. Do not rub hard or use a scrubbing brush, as these can damage your wool coat. Lay your wet wool coat on a flat surface like a countertop or kitchen. If using a steamer, steam any stubborn wrinkles until they disappear.


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You can keep your wool coat looking and feeling great with the proper care, courtesy of Grand Cleaners. We have the experience and expertise to protect and maintain your wool coat's quality for years to come.


Why Use Grand Cleaners For Your Wool

Wool is a strong, durable fabric that is known for its natural insulating ability. It also has many other benefits including being flame resistant and naturally repelling water. Wool coats are perfect for cold weather because of the natural insulating properties which allow trapped air to circulate, keeping you warmer than synthetic fabrics.


At Grand Cleaners, we can help you with all of these issues and more! We will put your jacket through our quality cleaning and pressing process that will make you feel as if it were brand new. We will clean all dust and stains off of your garment, as well as remove all mothball smell from the inside lining.


Once we are finished with your garment, we will then press it until it looks like new again.


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