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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Caring For Your Winter Coat

Be completely honest – did you clean your coat when winter was over last year?  I must confess that I did not.  I know better.  A winter coat isn’t any old disposable garment.  It’s an item that should last several seasons, if treated properly.  And that’s the key – take good care of your winter coat, and it will take good care of you for a long time.

Here are a few suggestions on how to treat your winter coat – properly:

*If you didn’t clean it at the end of last season, get it cleaned now.
*Wear a scarf with your coat.  This will help keep makeup and soil from settling around the collar area.  This is especially a good idea if your coat is suede or leather.
*Never hang your coat on a hook. 

I made the mistake of hanging my leather jacket from the above hook and now it has a big hump in the back.  Instead use a good-quality hanger to help preserve the shape.

*If you have a wool coat, gently brush after each wearing to remove any surface dirt.
*If your coat is wool and is labeled dry clean only, we recommend that you clean it twice a year – once at the beginning of the season and again at the end of the season. 
*Never store your winter coat in our plastic poly bags.  These bags are designed for short term use only.  If you’d like to keep dust from settling on your coat, use a cloth garment bag or ask us for one of our dust covers. 
*Always have your coat cleaned before putting it away for the season.
*Never put your coat away damp or wet.  This could lead to mildewing issues.

So does your winter coat need some attention?  Drop it off at one of our stores.  We are glad to help.  For more tips on caring for your winter coat, check out our helpful hints section.

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