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How to wash a fleece jacket

Fleece How to Wash a Fleece Jacketfabrics are predominantly made from polyester and are usually outwear because of its water-repellent qualities.

Cleaning Fleece

  1. Fleece items are generally safe to wash in the washing machine.
  2. When laundering fleece items, wash items inside-out on the gentle cycle using the cold or warm wash and rinse.
  3. Use only mild powdered detergents (such as Dreft or Ivory Snow) as all-purpose liquid detergents may cause the item to lose its water-resistance (a primary quality of fleece, and the reason it is so suitable for outerwear).
  4. Fleece may also be hand washed, again using a mild powdered detergent.
  5. If you place your fleece item in the dryer (rather than hanging to air dry), set the dryer at its lowest setting and remove promptly when the cycle is done.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • NEVER use fabric softeners or bleach (regular or color-safe) on fleece items as both chemicals will reduce the water-resistance of the fabric.
  • NEVER iron fleece. Direct contact with even a warm iron may leave a permanent mark on the item.
  • Fleece is very sensitive to heat and will pill if exposed to a hot water wash or hot dryer.
  • If you need to whiten your fleece item, hang it in the sun for a couple hours.
  • Another option for whitening fleece is to add some borax to the wash water. Only do this on an as-needed basis, not every wash.


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How do you get rid of the small threads and pet hairs that get stuck on the jacket and won’t come out even after a wash?

Hello there, I am wanting to make a significantly large rug with fleece. What would be the best way to launder it? Thank you!

Large items (like comforters) can be taken to a laundromat. Most laundromats have commercial-size washers that can handle larger items. It is always best to avoid a washer that has a central beater bar in it when washing a large item as the bar can damage it. If the item is too large for even a commercial washer, it can be washed by hand in the bathtub or just spot-cleaned as needed. This article can help with hand washing: How to Hand Wash Clothing; just be sure to adjust the information like water temperature or type of detergent to meet the needs of your specific item (fleece).

Looking for the answer to Suzy’s question regarding the sticker washed and dryer dried on a fleece.
I was going to try to heat it with an iron until I saw not to on a post above. Any ideas? It’s a North Face, teal color.

This is the article that you need: How to Remove Sticker Residue from Clothing. Just be gentle when scrubbing to protect the fleece. Using an old toothbrush is a great way to be more gentle while scrubbing.

Hi Kevin.
The tool that will un-pill the clumped fleece is a wire flat brush used for dogs or cats. The motion you use is to quickly pull up small areas, NOT comb like you would your hair. The brush actually has a flat area about 2″ x 3″ and the wire has a slight bend at the outer 1/2 inch. Good luck. You may have this already. But, you should buy a cheap one because you will use it again and again for other problem fabrics.
At the Sally beauty supply shop, buy the largest, coarsest toe nail filing board. Drag this at an angle across heavy “pill-ed” fleece to remove pills.

I washed my fleece jacket alone as instructed and it came out of the wash SOAKING wet. What should I do now to prevent damage?

When that happens to me, it usually means that the washer did not fully complete the spin cycle (which sucks the moisture out of the clothes) usually due to an unbalanced washer, which would make sense in your situation as well since you washed the item alone. You have a couple solutions to choose from.
1) It was probably recommended that the item be washed alone because the dye could bleed, so you can wash it again with a similar color of item in the wash (to balance the washer so that the spin cycle is completed). If you don’t have a similar color of item, you can toss in an old towel that you don’t mind being dyed. Re-wash the towel right afterward to remove the loose dye.
2) You can very gently press the water out of the item (don’t wring it or you could stretch or warp the fabric). Then, lay a towel on the floor (preferably an old towel in case the color bleeds). Lay the fleece item on the towel and roll up the towel like a sleeping bag so that the towel absorbs the moisture from the fleece. After that, most of the moisture should be removed and you can either hang the item to dry or put it through the dryer, depending on the tag instructions.

I’ve had success with two methods:

Lint rollers work pretty well, but are expensive, so an alternative is wrapping a length of duct tape, sticky-side out, around your hand.

A kitchen sponge works too. Make sure it’s new or very clean. The modern ones are always flexible, so no need to dampen. The old-fashioned inexpensive ones get hard after they dry so either buy a new one and use it right away or dampen a non-smelly old one. Stroke the fleece in only one direction.

How about red wine stains? I had a server spill a tray of drinks next to me and my fleece jacket is now polka dotted.

This is the article you need: How to Remove Red Wine Stains.

Homemade Receiving Blankets

Columbia is a company that specializes in high quality sportswear for men, women and children. Columbia fleece garments, ranging from jackets and pants to gloves and socks, are warm and highly durable. These fleece garments, if cared for properly, can provide you with warmth and comfort for many years. Caring for a garment includes using the garment as directed, proper storage and, perhaps most importantly, proper cleaning.

Read the care instructions (usually contained on the label of the fleece garment) before attempting to wash it.

Zip up any zippers on the garment to prevent loose zippers from catching on the fleece as it washes.

Turn the garment inside out to prevent pilling. Pilling is the development of small balls of fleece on the surface of the fleece and does not reduce the effectiveness of the garment but can look unattractive.

Turn your washing machine settings to cold water and gentle cycle.

Add a mild detergent. Do not use products that contain bleach and avoid fabric softeners. You can purchase fleece-specific laundry soaps from Columbia and other sporting goods stores but a mild detergent is usually gentle enough.

Wash the garment separately or with other fleece items of a similar color.

Hang the garment to air-dry. If you absolutely must use a dryer, use the air tumble setting. Air-drying reduces that chance of the garment forming piling.

Some Columbia fleece garments are treated for water resistance. If your garment is treated in this manner, wash only when absolutely necessary. Frequent washing may reduce water resistance.

If your Columbia fleece develops pilling, you can remove it by lightly running a disposable razor along the surface of the garment.


Do not use a high heat setting on your washing machine or dryer and never use an iron on your fleece garment. Fleece is created from polyester fibers, which are a type of plastic, and can melt.

Do not dry clean a Columbia fleece garment.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

Using a Washing Machine

It is sometimes necessary to clean (scour) the fleece first before spinning it. Leaving the grease in the wool will make it difficult to dye later, and the grease can also ruin the carding cloth on a drumcarder. Some handspinners prefer “spinning in the grease” and then cleaning the fiber when setting the twist into the yarn. Here are two ways that fleece can be cleaned:
1. Fill the washer with very hot water. Add liquid detergent about a cup. Turn off the washer. Gently put your fleece in the washer tub. Close the lid and let the fleece soak for about 45 minutes.

2. Next, turn washer to the end of the SPIN cycle. Spin the water out of fleece. Lift the fleece out and set it aside.

3. Fill the washer tub with very hot water again. Put the fleece back in and let soak for about 30 minutes.

4. Turn washer to the end of the SPIN cycle. Spin the water out of the fleece. At this point, sort out the fleece that is clean enough to dry. If fleece is especially fine or dirty, you may need to repeat the wash and spin steps a few more times. Mohair often needs multiple washes as does merino, rambouillet and sometimes other finer wools.

Use hot water with about one-half cup of white vinegar and soak fleece 30 minutes for the last rinse, then spin it out.

Spread the fleece to air dry on a towel or drying rack.

Using a Bath Tub or Other Large Container

Using very hot water and the same amount of detergent as above, follow pretty much the same steps as for the washer method. Do not allow running water to run directly on the fleece.
A nylon mesh laundry bag can be used to help contain the fleece for lifting but the more open the fleece can be in the water, the cleaner you can get it in fewer wash and rinse sequences.

Any liquid detergent, without bleach should work fine. However, avoid using products with conditioners, because they can leave a filmy residue on fiber which will impede the carding process.

To prevent the fleece from felting, avoid the urge to knead the fleece or handle it excessively when it is in the water. Also between rinses be sure to fill the next tub of water at the same water temperature you are taking the fleece from.

Gently squeeze out the water from the fleece and spread it to air dry on a towel or drying rack.

Written by: Amanda Flanigan

Written on: July 14, 2020

After shearing a sheep, its fleece is dirty, dingy and requires a thorough cleaning. Washing sheep fleece removes the dirt as well as lanolin, the yellow-waxy material that wool-bearing animals naturally secrete.

Even though washing raw sheep fleece requires only a few items and little prep time, you can still wash it incorrectly. Improper washing of the sheep fleece can cause damage to the material. Too much agitation causes the fleece to felt and tangle, while grease left behind from missed lanolin makes the wool prone to rips and tears.

Remove grass, large pieces of dirt, faeces and other debris from the sheep fleece carefully.

Fill a large, plastic container with hot water. The water temperature should reach 71.1 degrees Celsius. Use a container large enough to comfortably hold the sheep fleece.

  • After shearing a sheep, its fleece is dirty, dingy and requires a thorough cleaning.
  • Improper washing of the sheep fleece can cause damage to the material.

Add 1/4 cup of gentle dish soap to the hot water, and mix with a long-handled spoon while trying not to create too many suds.

Submerge the wool fleece carefully and gently in the soapy water. Refrain from agitating the fleece when submerging it in the hot water. Push the raw wool fleece carefully into the water with the long-handled spoon.

Soak the wool in the hot, soapy water for 20 minutes. Remove the saturated sheep fleece from the dirty water and carefully place it on the drying rack.

Rinse the large, plastic container clean and fill once again with 71.1 degrees Celsius water. Add 1/4 cup of gentle dish soap and mix with the long-handled spoon. Submerge the damp fleece back in the water and let sit for another 20 minutes before removing it from the dirty water and placing on the drying rack.

  • Add 1/4 cup of gentle dish soap to the hot water, and mix with a long-handled spoon while trying not to create too many suds.
  • Submerge the wool fleece carefully and gently in the soapy water.

Repeat Step 6 if the fleece wool is still dirty. Lay the fleece on the drying rack and let dry overnight. During the drying process, gentle flip the fleece over and rotate several times to allow for proper drying.

Following our product care instructions will help make sure that your gear has a long, interesting life.

What do these symbols mean?

Having trouble deciphering the hieroglyphics on the tag of your garment? We’ve got you covered. Our product care symbol guide will explain everything – and help you keep your gear in great shape.


Washing instructions are printed on a white tag inside our garments. Following our garment instructions will help make sure that your gear has a long, interesting life. In general, washing your gear in cold or warm water with mild powder laundry soap (non-toxic, biodegradable types preferred) and drying it on the line are the best ways to clean Patagonia® products.

For a guide to the Federal Trade Commission’s product care symbols that you may see used on our clothing care tags, download this information as a PDF file, click here.

Wash Less

By washing your gear only when it’s absolutely necessary, you’ll not only conserve water, but also minimize wear and tear on your garments. Even your most-used outerwear should only need an occasional full wash. If it’s caked with dirt (and we hope it will be), consider using a rag or sponge to spot-clean rather than putting it through a machine cycle. And consider your washing machine: studies show synthetic jackets laundered in top-load washing machines shed more than seven times as many microfibers as the same jacket in front-load washers.

Line Dry

Line dry your clothing whenever possible. Turn bright or dark items inside out to reduce fading, including jeans. Hang shirts from the bottom, and pants and skirts from the waistband so the clothespin marks are in a less conspicuous spot. Line drying saves energy and reduces environmental impact. If you are using a dryer, tumble dry on low heat.

Microfiber Pollution Prevention: Fiber Filters

Putting your synthetic clothing into a filter bag, such as the Guppy Friend Wash Bag before washing by hand or machine can significantly reduce the flow of microfibers into your drain. The easy-to-use Guppy Friend is available at and our stores throughout the United States and Europe. Another option is a permanent washing machine filter (requires some plumbing expertise). For both of these filter options, make sure you clean out your filter bags after a few washes when you can visually see that fibers have collected. Wipe the fibers out with your finger and put the fibers in your trash bin.

Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets

Adding fabric softener or dryer sheets to your laundering process can increase softness but it achieves the improved hand feel by depositing waxy agents on the surface of the fabric. This waxy residue left behind on your clothes can:

  • Impair moisture wicking/ quick drying
  • Inhibit odor control
  • Reduce longevity of spandex content

Replenishing Water-Repellency

Most waterproof/breathable shells on the market are originally treated with a Durable Water-Repellant finish (DWR), which keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job. This coating needs to be replenished once per season, or more often if the piece gets a lot of use or washing. If water is no longer beading up on your shell, it’s time to put on another finish. Our favorites are Storm products, though there are many good products on the market. Whatever you choose, be sure to use a spray-on for two-layer garments (with a hanging mesh liner) or a wash-in for three-layer garments (with an interior fabric protecting the barrier). If the situation does not change, please send us the garment and we’ll take a look (see Returns and Exchanges).

Stain Removal

To get grease out of a technical jacket, dampen the stain and rub in dishwashing detergent. Then wash the jacket in warm water with plenty of mild powder laundry soap. If the stain persists, sponge it with a safe cleaning fluid (Renuzit® or Carbona®) or mineral spirits; you can find both at your local grocery store.

To get gum or sap out of a garment, first freeze the sap with some ice, then use a dull butter knife to scrape off as much as you can. Next, soak the garment in a water/white-vinegar solution, and throw it into the laundry with warm water and detergent.

For help with other stains, please feel free to Contact Us.

Flammability Warning

Like most synthetics, our shells, fleece and Capilene® fabrics will melt or burn if exposed to flame or direct heat. They are not flame resistant; do not use them near ANY direct source of heat or flame.

Wetsuit Washing and Repair Guide

We’ve spent years developing and field testing Patagonia Wetsuits to assure a good balance of performance and durability. But no wetsuit lasts forever. If you need to wash your wetsuit we recommend washing your wetsuit by hand in a wetsuit specific cleaner. We use and suggest Pau Pilau Biological Wetsuit Cleaner. Dr. Bronner liquid soaps are good too.

If you need to return your suit for repair please download the Wetsuit Repair Form or fill out the Wetsuit Warranty Form.

Aluminum Bar Replacement Guide

Over time the Aluminum bars on your Patagonia Aluminum Bar fishing boots will wear down from use. Please refer to our Aluminum bar replacement guide to assist you and quickly get you back to what you love most, fishing!

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

  1. You Will Need
  2. Steps to Remove the Pilling
  3. Additional Tips and Ideas

Julie asked: How do I remove fuzzy’s from a fleece jacket? The jacket is black and the fuzzy’s are red. I accidentally washed my jacket with a red towel.

Pilling, little balls of lint, can build up on fleece for several reasons. Sometimes, it’s the agitation in the washing machine and friction with other fabrics and other times it just builds up over time as the fuzzy fibers get tangled together. Fortunately, it’s easy to remove with a little time and effort. Follow the step below to remove pills and get your fleece looking great.

You Will Need:

  • Fabric shaver or sweater shaver
  • Disposable razor
  • Wide tape

Steps to Remove the Pilling:

  1. If you have a fabric shaver (available at any fabric or department store), simply turn it on and rub it along the surface of the fabric. These handy devices have a screen with small holes that allow the lint and pills to enter in. Then, a small fan-like blade cuts them off and removes them from the surface of the fabric. There is no damage to the surface of the fabric because the screen keeps the blade a safe distance away.
  2. If you do not have a fabric shaver, you can achieve the same removal by carefully shaving the fabric with a disposable razor. Simply run the razor along the fabric to cut away the pills. Use light pressure to the fabric does not become scarred or cut.
  3. As the lint is removed, it will fall to the table, floor or whatever you’re working on. To remove this quickly, wrap some wide tape around your hands so the sticky part is on the outside and press onto the removed lint.

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Hoodies are a popular piece of clothing for the fall and winter seasons because they are casual and comfortable. Hoodies are durable and can last for a long time, but they need to be cleaned well for this to happen. Whether you use a washer and dryer or clean the clothing by hand, taking proper care of your hoodie will keep it soft and comfy for many years!

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Items Similar to Hoodies: Sweatshirts, winter jackes, and sweatpants

Keeping a North Face jacket looking fuzzy after drying is possible; however, if you wash the jacket on your own, be aware that it may lose its original look and feel. Allowing the jacket to either air dry or dry on a low, tumble setting will keep the jacket closest to its original condition. Use a few simple objects from around the house to maintain the soft outer fuzz of a North Face jacket.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

  • Comb
  • Scotch tape

Allow the jacket to dry completely.

Loop the tape so that at least three fingers can fit inside the tape, and connect the open ends. Starting at the top near the collar, rub the tape against the fleece both right to left and up and down. Press hard enough that the fleece moves, but not so hard that you damage the fabric. Repeat over the entire jacket.

Hold the comb, teeth down. Beginning near the collar, rub the comb through the fabric. Move the comb both right to left, as well as up and down, allowing the fleece to move to its original position. Use a fairly light touch so that the fleece moves but you are not pulling fabric from the jacket.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

Send the jacket to The North Face Warranty Department for cleaning services. Call 1-855-500-8639 or contact them at the following address:

I recently got a North Face Osito jacket, and I am just wondering if there is any special way to wash it to keep it soft. It’s silky fleece, and I’m just worried if it goes into the washing machine that it might pill or get gross and I won’t be able to get it back to it’s original fuzzyness. Thanks you 🙂

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How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

Fleece always seems to pill after a while, but not to worry. it’s easy to fix that when it happens.

Just wash your jacket as recommended on the care tag. When the jacket loses its fuzziness, you can brush the jacket with a clean hair brush, and it will be like new again.

I tried clothes shavers, but they don’t seem to work on fleece. a hair brush does, tho.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

Soft Fleece Jacket

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

I make fleece blankets and if you have a good quality fleece it will not pill on you. I have never had a blanket pill. They go into the washer with regular soap and fabric softener and they are fine. If it does not pill with the first wash and it is still soft it should be o.k. in the future. If you want to be extra careful try woolite and do a gentle cycle wash.

FLeece isn’t popular fabrics, so fabrics softner won’t artwork chilly AIR dry it in the dryer with a dryer sheet like ‘leap’ dryer sheets, the softness from it, will rub against it. yet bear in mind chilly / Cool Air, NO warmth which will dry it to alter into demanding yet in addition if dont desire dryer sheet, purely air dry on a hanger in a heat place yet no longer next to something warm.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

It will eventually get ‘pilly’, but you can keep it softer longer by washing on ‘gentle’ and using a delicates soap like ‘Woolite’. Use fabric softener in the washer and the dryer. Never let it stay damp.

Good luck. Sounds like a cozy sweater!

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

wash in cold water, gentle, then use fabric sheet softer ,,dry in cool air in dryer, until most of the heavy water is out,,line dry the rest of the way. Fab. softeners break down materials. losing the strenght in the jacket,, in other words it will not be as warm because of weakened fibers..

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

just wash it on a soft wash not too hot like a silk wash

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

When you learn how to wash fleece, you are investing in the care of all current and future garments or blankets made from this fabric. Failure to wash this material properly can result in the fibers breaking down, causing it to become bumpy and shabby-looking. So, follow the steps outlined below and keep your fleece’s softness for as long as possible.

Step 1 – Read the Tags

While there are quite a few different kinds of material that this fabric can be comprised of, it is most likely made from polyester. However, it is important to note if unique care is necessary. Almost all garments these days come with washing instructions on the inside tags, and fleece clothing is no exception. Just check these tags before you do anything else.

Step 2 – Wash

Prior to washing, make sure to turn your garment inside out. This will prevent pilling, so do so even for coats or vests. Then, place the clothing into a washing machine with like colors. Set the cycle to wash in cold water, as warm water will also cause premature pilling. Also, do not wash your fleece with items that produce lint; it is nearly impossible to remove.

If you are not using a liquid detergent, mix your powder with water so there will be no residue. Keep in mind that you should never use any bleach or fabric softener on fleece unless otherwise specified on the manufacturer’s tags.

Step 3 – Dry

You can use a machine dryer with fleece garments, but keep it set to a low temperature if you do. Hanging the garments to air dry might be a safe option. Although it will take longer to dry, you can be sure that no harm will be done.

Other Dangers to Your Fleece

Dry cleaning, ironing, pressing, and steaming can all easily cause the plastic fibers of polyester to melt, so do not use any of these techniques on fleece fabric. Again, your garment can be comprised of a different kind of fiber, but it is best not to take the risk if you are even a little unsure. This is also why you should be careful when drying your fleece that your dryer’s temperature isn’t too hot, as it will have the same consequence.

Even higher quality materials, like polar fleece or Polartec, can be cleaned using these same steps. Regardless of what your fabric is made of, the above tips will ensure that it stays soft and smooth, just like new, for a lot longer.

We know it might feel intimidating to wash your down jacket. We take the mystery out of the process so you can quit worrying and get washing.

Down jackets don’t need much care, but, eventually, they can start to smell funky — especially if you’re wearing your jacket as a midlayer for high-activity winter pursuits. So unless you plan on leading solitary adventures for the rest of your life, you should probably learn how to wash your down jacket.

And with warm summer months ahead, now’s the best time to do it so you don’t put it off until the snow starts to fly again.

Also, you may find the down needs some fluffing as well as cleaning. Here, we’ve put together a guide on how to wash, dry, and fluff your down jacket — without ruining it.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

Don’t have a jacket to wash? Then start by checking out our roundup of Best Down Jackets for Men and Best Down Jackets for Women.

How to Wash a Down Jacket

  1. Read the clothing tags. Although the guidelines here should allow you to wash your down jacket without a problem, some manufacturers have particular requirements for certain products. Make sure you’re aware of any specific washing or drying requirements and follow the instructions on the clothing tag.
  2. Use a front-loading washing machine. Top-loading washing machines have a central agitator that can mess up the down insulation in your jacket, so be sure to use a front-loading washing machine instead. If you don’t have one at home, you can go to a laundromat.
  3. Wash your down jacket with down detergentand cold water. There are specific detergents for down products, such as the Nikwax Down Wash Direct detergent. This detergent is designed to help maintain or improve the down’s natural water repellency and insulating properties. Normal laundry detergent may damage the down.
    You might also see warm or cold water recommendations for washing down jackets, both from brands and from other people’s experiences. Check both the down detergent’s directions as well as your jacket tags for advice. But if you’re nervous about ruining your jacket, washing it in cold water is the safest bet.

How to Wash a Fleece Jacket Photo credit: L.L. Bean

  • Rinse your down jacket. The jacket should be fully rinsed. If you see any signs of soap, you may want to run it through another cycle of cold water without any detergent.
  • Dry at low or no heat while fluffing the down. Just as with water temperature, make sure to check your jacket tags for guidelines on how to dry your jacket. Low heat should be okay, but be aware that hotter temperatures may melt the outer layer of your down jacket.
    When drying your jacket, several places, including REI, say to add a few (clean) tennis balls to the dryer. The balls will bounce around as the jacket dries and help fluff the down and keep it from clumping. If you don’t have tennis balls handy, you can use dryer balls or other lightweight, dryer-safe items. If all else fails, you can remove the jacket periodically and carefully pull apart any down clumps with your fingers. Drying your jacket may take a couple of cycles, so be prepared for a bit of a wait.
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    Frequently Asked Questions: Washing a Down Jacket

    When should I wash my down jacket?

    If you are unsure when to wash your jacket, keep an eye open for a few things. When the colors of your jacket start to dull, it’s likely starting to get grimy. Plus, if you use your jacket regularly, you’re probably going to end up spilling things on it.

    Also, down will flatten with a lot of use. These are all signs that it’s time to wash your jacket.

    Above all, use common sense. If your jacket starts to smell, you should probably wash it.

    Can I use normal detergent when washing a down jacket?

    We don’t recommend using normal laundry detergent.

    A down wash, like Nikwax Down Wash Direct, is specifically designed to protect the natural oils in down that regular detergent strips away. Plus, if your jacket has a water-resistant coating, regular detergent may damage that as well.

    Should I air dry my down jacket?

    Although it is possible to air dry your jacket, it often takes 24 to 48 hours for it to completely dry. In addition, you will have to frequently unclump the down as it dries so it fluffs up. This fluffiness is part of how your down jacket keeps you warm. If you dry your jacket in a machine, you’re able to add tennis balls or other lightweight, dryer-safe items to help keep it fluffy.

    Make sure to use a low heat setting on your dryer to get better results than by air drying.

    Does it matter if my down is synthetic?

    Jackets can be made with either synthetic or natural down. There are some pros and cons to both, but you wash and dry them the same way. We always recommend checking your tags for any special instructions for your specific down jacket.

    When you’ve found the perfect winter jacket that’s the right mix of chic and super warm, you’re bound to wear it all the time. The only downside is that your jacket is going to get dirty, so learning how to wash winter jackets is crucial to not ruining yours! Every fabric requires slightly different care, so make sure you’re giving your jacket exactly what it needs to stay sparkling clean this season.

    If you’ve still yet to pick the perfect winter coat, look no further for inspo! Be sure to check out how to choose your perfect winter coat, plus-size coats that’ll actually keep you warm and toasty, and the warmest winter coats for every style. And once you have found the perfect one, don’t forget to read up on how to style your winter jacket. Bring on the scarves and beanies, folks.

    Whether your jacket is stuffed with down, a sturdy hard shell, a sleek, water-resistant soft shell, or made of ultra luxurious wool and cashmere, there’s a proper way to clean each one after an extra long day romping around in the cold. Make sure you know exactly how to care for your specific jacket because heaven forbid you accidentally ruin it out of ignorance mid-season!

    Scroll below to learn exactly what to do to keep your specific jacket type looking its best.

    Down Jacket

    Down Puffer Coat, $100, Calvin Klein

    According to Mountain Warehouse, using a washer and dryer is the way to go for cleaning down jackets. They advise turning the jacket inside out before washing, using a detergent specific to down or outerwear, and setting the washing machine to a cold or delicate cycle.

    When ready to dry, tumble over low heat. Toss a few tennis balls in the dryer, too, to prevent the down from clumping. Voila!

    Hard Shell Jacket

    When it comes to cleaning hard shell jackets, washing is essential to ensure the jacket keeps working like new. The Cleanest line advises washing gently with a mild detergent, and tossing it in the dryer set at medium heat to dry. Medium heat is necessary here, as it reactivates the water-repellant properties of the shell!

    Soft Shell Jacket

    Apex Jacket, $199, NorthFace

    Cleaning a soft shell is almost identical to hard, except you want to make sure you use a sports detergent to avoid ruining the jacket’s breathability and waterproof properties.


    Basingstoke, $1,495, Burberry

    For cleaning wool jackets, you can try to wash it at home, but I still recommend dry cleaning on this one. These jackets are too easily to structurally mess up for me to want to take the risk!

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    When it comes to laundry, denim is a touchy subject, especially in jacket form. But have no fear, there are a few things you can do to learn how to properly wash a denim jacket so you can avoid laundry mishaps and major headaches. As every denim jacket fan knows, the piece is crucial to the lifeline of any wardrobe and cannot be tainted by improper cleaning practices!

    Trust me, I know this based on personal experience. I have quite a few denim jackets that are easily the most-worn and best-loved pieces in my closet. And while I am certainly no professional at doing my laundry (as evidenced by my bleach-stained T-shirts and the cashmere sweater that can now only fit a small dog), my love of denim has required me to thoroughly research the art of washing jean fabric. While anyone can follow the wash-only-with-like-colors rule for jeans, jackets need some extra TLC.

    I’ve outlined 11 tips for washing jean jackets that you can use the next time your fave topper needs a good wash. From spot cleaning, to which washer setting to use, here are a few tips and tricks to ensure that your denim jacket will come out of the wash looking just as it did when you put it in.

    1. Spot Clean

    If you’re simply dealing with a single stain, spot cleaning is be the best option, because a dollop of mustard or a bit of dirt isn’t enough to waste a whole load of laundry on your denim jacket. According to Levi Strauss & Co.’s head designer, Jonathan Cheung, spot cleaning denim is as simple as dapping a soapy cloth on the fabric. Work from the inside out, if possible, and put down a clean cloth to work on so the rest of your jacket doesn’t get wet. If stains are more stubborn, a trick I’ve used is to gently brush the stain with an old toothbrush soaked in soap or a dab of detergent.

    2. Hand Wash

    If it’s more than just a small stain, hand washing your denim jacket is the next best thing to spot cleaning. With just a dollop of basic detergent, soak your jacket in cold water. Thomas Hall of denim brand Self Edge told Jack Threads that since “People that were originally wearing denim were working in the worst conditions possible and they were washing their jeans on stones using ice cold river water,” this is the best thing you can do for your jeans. Wait an hour and rinse with more cold water before letting the jacket dry on its own.

    3. If Necessary, Use A Washer

    If you can’t spot clean or hand wash your denim jacket, you can throw it in the washer. It’s best to do this at home as opposed to getting your denim jacket dry-cleaned since the chemicals they use can take a toll on the fabric. Plus, there are ways to make your wash-at-home method very effective if you’re doing a deep clean.

    4. Wash It Alone

    Laundry is tedious, you don’t have to tell me. But when it comes to a precious piece like your denim jacket, taking the time to wash it alone, or with other denim pieces, really pays off. Since denim fabric is so sensitive, and most denim pieces have zippers and rivets, letting them circulate freely in the wash will allow them to be thoroughly cleaned, as Good Housekeeping recommends.

    5. Wash With A Cold Cycle

    Cold water will ensure that the dye threads in your denim jacket won’t bleed or leech out, thus maintaining the shade and tone without unnecessary wear and tear, as Refinery29 points out. So, whether you have a light wash, dark wash, or even white wash, the cold water will make sure your jacket comes out the same as you put it in.

    6. And Use A Gentle, Short Cycle

    Along with cold water, you should also use the shortest, gentlest cycle on your washer. I know this from personal experience, since I once made the mistake of putting my jacket through a 45-minute long cycle with two washes, two rinses, and 15 minute spin. It looked beat-up afterwards, and not in a good way. Don’t make my mistake, and follow Catherine Jacobs, a jeans and denim expert’s, advice to use a short, gentle cycle when washing jean fabric.

    7. Use A Mild And/Or Natural Detergent

    Like I said before, dry cleaners can use rough chemicals to wash clothes. Unfortunately, those same chemicals may be lurking in your own detergent, too. Check the labels of your products and see if they’ve got large amounts of substances you can’t pronounce. Ingredients like those can make your denim’s dye fade faster and can loosen the fabric’s grip. Opt for a mild and/or natural detergent instead.

    8. And Just A Little Bit Of It

    Don’t go putting a whole cup of detergent in the wash with your denim jacket, because it only needs a tiny amount. Half a teaspoon will do the trick.

    9. Wash It Inside Out

    Another way to ensure the color won’t fade too much when washing deni is to flip your jean jacket inside out. This trick will thoroughly clean the areas that probably need cleaning (those pits can get bad), without tampering with the dyes, or at least ensures they fade evenly as OUT Magazine states. You can also button the jacket completely to add reinforcement.

    10. Lay Flat To Dry

    Repeat after me: never, ever will I put my denim jacket in the dryer or hang it up to dry. First off, dryers will constrict the denim and make it harder for you to mold the shape back into the garment. Second off, hangers will cause weird indents near the shoulders of your jacket. Do you and your jacket a favor and lay it flat to dry on an old towel. If your jacket becomes stiff, though, denim pro Mary Pierson from Madewell recommends tumbling it on low heat for a few minutes to soften your jacket post wash and dry.

    11. Use A Steam Iron To Reshape

    You may notice that after fullly drying, the collar and the sleeves of your jacket look unstructured. Don’t worry — that can easily be fixed with a quick steam iron. Use the iron in the places that need it to both shape and and flatten your jacket. You can also do this from the inside of the jacket to ensure no damage to the outside.

    Finally, you and your jacket are reunited once again! Enjoy your clean topper, and be sure to treat it with care.

    I bought a hooded jacket from San francisco on July 4th due to the frightful cold! It was an emergency. It is pretty, pink thick one which has a water-repellant (resistant? waterproof?) exterior and a fleece reversible side inside. It came for a descent price but really great for a cold night. Right now, it is not soiled. But I was just wondering how to wash it because I noticed that there are no washing instructions on it. Or would that go for dry cleaning?

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    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    I have a few jackets that are somewhat similar to what you have described , and I wash them at home . What I do is add a mild detergent in the machine , set it on gentle cycle and cold water , once it starts to fill with water and has the detergent concentrated I put my jacket in the machine , and let it wash for I think the gentle cycle on my washer washes for 6 minutes on gentle with a short pause , well when it is time for the rinse I add fabric softener , but I pour a very small amount of my desired softener into a cup and add water to it so that when the machine fills u with water it is ready to pour in , and then I know that the fabric softener had been diluted and will not stain my jacket this way .

    When it is ready to be dryed I put it into the dryer on low heat for 15 minutes to get some of the main wetness gone , and after that I let it finish drying on the air dry setting .

    In some of my jackets and or hoodies I have noticed that the care tag is smetimes located in a pocket , one jacket I have has the care tag inside the inner pocket under a little piece of fabric . So search your Jacket all over to make sure if there is a care tag or not Just to be in the safe side , but I even wash my dry clean only jackets doing this , and I have had no problems what so ever with them.

    someone puked on my brand new north face jacket. do you recommend dry cleaning it or is it okay to put in the wash without changing the way it fits or the way the fleece feels?

    is there any way not to remove the water-proof finish? maybe hand washing it? does it matter what kind of detergent?

    5 Answers

    Oh,Yuck. PUKE . oh, NO! How wretch-ed. (hee hee. pun intended).

    *DO NOT dry clean. machine wash alone, turned inside-out, in cold water, with regular laundry detergent and slow, light spin until mostly dry (too harsh a spin cycle may wring it out of shape and cause wrinkles).

    *DO NOT use fabric softners or dryer sheets; they will cause your fleece to pil and loose that fleece “feeling” you desire to retain.

    *DO NOT put in dryer; heat will cause the fleece fibers to “melt” and pil. Instead, gently reshape garment and smooth surface with your hand (to smooth out wrinkes), then hang dry, (some people prefer to lay flat). make sure it’s not soaking wet, as the weight of alot of water may weigh down garment and distort it. fleece is usually 100% synthetic and dries pretty fast.

    *DO NOT iron or steam. actually, you can, on a very, very, VERY light heat on the reverse side; but, I would advise NOT to unless you have worked with fleece before and know what to expect. it’s very easy to melt fleece.

    instead, try gently brushing with fine garment brush, if you think it needs a “comb”.

    *know that washing may remove any water repellent finishes. but, better to wash than to smell like puke, right?

    **incidently,did you know most fleece is made out of recycled soda pop bottles? cool, huh?

    Hi. First of all, I should have mentioned that you read the care label inside the garment for exact washing instructions as specifically advised by the manufacturer.

    I know, sometimes care labels seem to be just a bunch of unreadable heiroglyphic symbols; if that’s the case and you don’t know what they mean, you could try asking your local dry cleaner, they will be able to translate.

    Second, the shop you purchased your jacket should be well versed in the care of the garments they sell and can advise you. They might even be able to contact the sales rep from North Face for you.

    Third, You could try contacting North Face directly (via email?).

    *I think just regular laundry detergent should work: meaning what ever you use normally for washing laundry. Don’t use bleach.

    *concerning the potential of washing away any finishes: after wash and dry you could try spraying a water proofing specifically suited to fleece; for this try a fabric store (that specializes in outdoor textiles) or an outdoor store, like R.E.I. (they sell the North Face range). I’ve never tried water proofing fleece myself, so, I don’t know how this will affect the “feeling” of the fabric.

    Also, concider: if your fleece is used as an interlining to an outer coat (like many North Face fleeces are), water proofing really isn’t neccessary then, is it?

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    Fleece jackets typically are made out of wool or synthetic materials, such as polyester or nylon. Regardless of the fabric content, you can dye your fleece jacket using a top loading washing machine and fabric dye found in most drug stores. Most of these dyes are designed for use in a washing machine. Always follow manufacturer’s directions when dyeing any item using store-purchased dye.

    Washing Machine Method

    Purchase a fabric dye — in the color of your choice — for use in washing machines. The package should include a list of fabrics the dye can be used for. If your jacket is wool fleece, you shouldn’t have a problem. However, if your fleece is polyester or nylon, make sure the package states that the dye will work with these materials.

    Follow the instructions included with the packaging. Typically, these dyes must be diluted with a specific amount of water on a stove top and added during a certain washing cycle. Oftentimes, the instructions will call for the addition of a small amount of vinegar as well.

    Dye your jacket by running it through the cycle as indicated by the instructions. Make sure to run an extra rinse cycle after removing your jacket, as you will want to get rid of any dye residue. Otherwise, you could end up dyeing other clothes the next time you use the washer.

    Stove Top Method for Wool Fleece

    Soak the jacket in a mixture of water and vinegar, in a large pot or Dutch oven. Use 1/3 cup vinegar for every gallon of water. Allow the jacket to soak in the mixture for at least 1 hour. Vinegar helps wool retain dye, so soaking it for longer — up to 24 hours — will likely make your jacket darker.

    Submerge the jacket by adding more water, if necessary. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of food coloring. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat. Allow the jacket to simmer until your desired shade is reached.

    Turn the heat off, and allow the jacket to cool slightly. Remove the jacket with a pair of tongs and rinse immediately.

    Assuming you wash them at all.

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    If your first thought upon seeing this article was, “Jokes on you, I never wash my jackets and coats,” then we need to address something first: You should be washing your outerwear. Not necessarily every weekend, but you should be freshening up jackets and coats at least once per season to get rid of all that accumulated grime.

    Further, the process for cleaning jackets and coats depends on the material—you shouldn’t just slap outerwear in the washing machine on the bulky cycle and hope for the best. (Well, sometimes you can, but we’ll get to that in a minute.) With that in mind, here are our recommendations for washing your favorite jackets and coats without ruining them.

    How to wash your jackets and coats

    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    Check your clothing tags, so you know exactly how to wash your jackets and coats.

    Before cleaning anything, check the tag on your outerwear to make sure your coat isn’t made from a delicate material or require dry cleaning. Then, follow these steps to clean your coats based on what they’re made from.

    When it comes to high-maintenance materials, wool is up high on the list. You’ll want to start by reviewing the label—most wool coats can be washed in the machine, but harsh cycles and high dryer heat can ruin the fabric.

    You’ll want to take precautions by setting the machine to the gentle cycle, running a cold wash, putting your coat in a laundry bag and/or using a detergent made especially for wool.

    This is very important: Do not dry your wool coat. This will cause the fibers to shrink (a lot), and you’ll likely end up with a toddler-size jacket. Instead, hang it to dry. You can expedite the process by placing the coat between two towels to soak up some of the initial moisture.

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    Since waterproof clothing repels water, you can’t throw it in the washing machine.

    We love our waterproof clothing—so much so that we have a in-depth guide on how to clean your favorite waterproof gear.

    This is another material you won’t want to throw in the washing machine. Since waterproof clothing is coated with a durable water repellent (often called DWR) finish, you’ll want to choose cleaning materials specifically suited for this compound. Start by brushing your jackets gently with a soft brush, then selecting a DWR cleaner for a more thorough wash—we recommend Nikwax Tech Wash or Granger’s Performance Wash.

    Down or other puffy materials

    There’s nothing more comforting than bundling up in a down jacket during the cold winter months. Thankfully, this is another fabric that’s easy to clean. Start by zipping it up completely, then put it in the washing machine with a mild or specialized cleaner.

    Wash your puffy jacket on a gentle cycle, or if your washer has a “down” cycle, use that. Dry the jacket on low heat until all the water has evaporated.


    Leather is a tricky fabric to clean. Faux leather requires slightly less care, but authentic leather should be respected and treated kindly.

    Your best option may be springing for a professional cleaning every few years, but in the interim, use a high-quality leather conditioner or cleaner to treat spots. Opt for a product with high ratings and a gentle formula, like the Leather Honey Leather Conditioner.


    Similar to leather, suede requires very specific cleaning. You can opt to hire a professional to clean your suede coats, but if you’re looking for an at-home solution, start with cleaning products targeted to the material, like suede brushes and cleaners. You can even use suede erasers on stains or spots that have accumulated over time.

    Do not put suede in your washing machine, as it can warp with water, heat and abrasive movement—essentially all the features that make your washing machine work.


    Fleece is far less temperamental than other materials. You should take care when washing it, but you don’t need to be quite as particular as you would with suede or leather.

    Button your coat, set your washing machine to a gentle, cool cycle and add detergent as normal. Heat can damage fleece, so avoid using the dryer—instead, hang the garments for a few hours to dry.

    Do you need to dry clean jackets and coats?

    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    As long as you’re washing them right, you probably won’t need to dry clean your jackets or coats.

    Thankfully, the answer here is no! At least not if you’re successfully washing your jackets and coats at home.

    High-maintenance fabrics, like suede and leather, should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis, but other fabrics, like wool, down and waterproof material, don’t need that professional touch unless you’ve got a stubborn spot that just won’t budge. Professional dry cleaning may prolong the life of your favorite jackets and coats, but you can save costs by washing your jackets and coats at home—gently, of course—and always adhering to their care tags.


    Hi all I’m a bit stuck at the moment I’ve been told I can’t use fabric conditioner when washing a fleece the only washing stuff I have in is bold which has added fabric softner. So does anyone have any idea how I can wash it? I dont have any travel wash or the normal old style things like soda crystals sorry people.

    Thank you for your help.


    Take a look at some of the sites in the link below. I think they should give you some good ideas:-

    I don’t advise using Bold. Conditioner flatterns the pile.

    Use ordinary bio or non-bio powder, 40C temperature or below, short wash cycle and do not tumble dry.

    If you have a dishwasher use the powder you’d normally put in that in your washing machine. Or the dishwasher tablet if that’s what you have in. As far as I know the only significant difference between washing powder and dishwashing powder is the perfume! I sometimes interchange these products if I have run out – get clean clothes and clean dishes whichever way round.

    Instead of using conditioner you can put a glug of vinegar into the normal conditioner bit of your machine – about two tablespoonfuls would be plenty. I’ve assumed you are using a machine and not handwashing!

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    September 10, 2020

    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    As an outdoorsperson, your down jacket is likely one of your most prized possessions. But living in your down (something we’re all guilty of in the winter) inevitably exposes your favorite jacket to grimy, gritty dirt. Even that post-climb beer — or three — sometimes results in a little unintended spillage.

    To keep your prized puffy working well and lasting year after dirt-filled year, it’s essential to wash your down layers. Daunting, we know. But it’s not as overwhelming as it seems. With a little know-how and a little specialized wash — like Nikwax Down Wash Direct™ — your down jacket will come out looking like new and performing as well as it did the first time you put it on.

    Why wash your down jacket?

    Face fabrics that make up the exterior of your jacket are sometimes treated with a durable water resistant (DWR) finish. This coating is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water to keep the lofty, luscious down feathers protected from their kryptonite: water. But while a DWR treatment is a barrier, dirt, body oils, abrasions and regular use will reduce its performance. Even if your down jacket isn’t treated with a DWR finish, washing your down jacket can rejuvenate the insulation.

    Below: A dirty, grimy down jacket (left side) and a clean, rejuvenated down jacket (right side)

    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    “With heavy, weekly use of your down, we recommend washing your jacket once a month,” says Melanie Sirirot, Outdoor Research Apparel Product Manger.

    Some companies recommend sending down jackets to a professional down cleaner. But we know DIY is A-OK.

    Here’s how to wash your down jacket at home:

    • Find a front-loading washing machine; the agitator of a top-loader can damage down feathers. If you don’t have a front-loader at home (or wherever tonight’s bivy might be), head over to the local laundromat.
    • Set the dial to cold water, and add a touch of a down specific cleaner. We recommend Nikwax Down Wash Direct, which is specifically formulated to work on down products. “Normal detergents can strip down feathers of their natural oils,” says Sirirot. “This oil is what allows down feathers to maintain their fluffiness; if you strip them they become brittle and breakdown.” Nikwax Down Wash Direct doesn’t strip down of their oil and does not inhibit the water repellence that exists on the outside of the fabric.
    • After the wash cycle, make sure the jacket gets a thorough rinse; maybe set it for an extra cycle.
    • Once done, pop the jacket in the dryer on a low heat cycle. You want your products to come out fully dry so it might take a few cycles. Throwing a couple of tennis balls in the mix will help restore the fluff of the down. “But don’t use anything heavier than tennis balls,” says Sirirot. “ It could damage the delicate down feathers.”

    Additional notes: Do not use bleach, fabric softeners or an iron on your down jacket. Bleach and fabric softeners can damage the fabric and an iron will, well, burn or melt it. Remember the ol’ battle of down vs. campfire? It never turns out well .

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    Fleece-lined jackets are a staple in closets for the colder months. Soft fleece lining is typically accompanied by a waterproof outer layer to keep snow and rain at bay. Fleece is very delicate and can shed if improperly taken care of, but with the correct cleaning and care methods, fleece-lined jackets can provide warmth and protection for years.

    Turn the jacket inside out and place it in the washing machine alone. This prevents lint from other fabrics from sticking to the fleece.

    Set the washing machine on the delicate or hand wash cycle. These settings provide the least friction while thoroughly cleaning the jacket.

    Fill the washing machine with cold water and a gentle powder detergent. Skip the fabric softener and bleach, as this can break down fibers of the fleece and cause it to pill or shed.

    Air dry the jacket on a towel rack or other flat surface. This allows the jacket to retain its original shape.

    Store the jacket in a drawer when not in use for an extended period. When hanging in an open space, fleece can pick up dust and lint and attract moths that eat the fiber and cause the fabric to shed.

    someone puked on my brand new north face jacket. do you recommend dry cleaning it or is it okay to put in the wash without changing the way it fits or the way the fleece feels?

    is there any way not to remove the water-proof finish? maybe hand washing it? does it matter what kind of detergent?

    5 Answers

    Oh,Yuck. PUKE . oh, NO! How wretch-ed. (hee hee. pun intended).

    *DO NOT dry clean. machine wash alone, turned inside-out, in cold water, with regular laundry detergent and slow, light spin until mostly dry (too harsh a spin cycle may wring it out of shape and cause wrinkles).

    *DO NOT use fabric softners or dryer sheets; they will cause your fleece to pil and loose that fleece “feeling” you desire to retain.

    *DO NOT put in dryer; heat will cause the fleece fibers to “melt” and pil. Instead, gently reshape garment and smooth surface with your hand (to smooth out wrinkes), then hang dry, (some people prefer to lay flat). make sure it’s not soaking wet, as the weight of alot of water may weigh down garment and distort it. fleece is usually 100% synthetic and dries pretty fast.

    *DO NOT iron or steam. actually, you can, on a very, very, VERY light heat on the reverse side; but, I would advise NOT to unless you have worked with fleece before and know what to expect. it’s very easy to melt fleece.

    instead, try gently brushing with fine garment brush, if you think it needs a “comb”.

    *know that washing may remove any water repellent finishes. but, better to wash than to smell like puke, right?

    **incidently,did you know most fleece is made out of recycled soda pop bottles? cool, huh?

    Hi. First of all, I should have mentioned that you read the care label inside the garment for exact washing instructions as specifically advised by the manufacturer.

    I know, sometimes care labels seem to be just a bunch of unreadable heiroglyphic symbols; if that’s the case and you don’t know what they mean, you could try asking your local dry cleaner, they will be able to translate.

    Second, the shop you purchased your jacket should be well versed in the care of the garments they sell and can advise you. They might even be able to contact the sales rep from North Face for you.

    Third, You could try contacting North Face directly (via email?).

    *I think just regular laundry detergent should work: meaning what ever you use normally for washing laundry. Don’t use bleach.

    *concerning the potential of washing away any finishes: after wash and dry you could try spraying a water proofing specifically suited to fleece; for this try a fabric store (that specializes in outdoor textiles) or an outdoor store, like R.E.I. (they sell the North Face range). I’ve never tried water proofing fleece myself, so, I don’t know how this will affect the “feeling” of the fabric.

    Also, concider: if your fleece is used as an interlining to an outer coat (like many North Face fleeces are), water proofing really isn’t neccessary then, is it?

    Spending more time bunkered down at home, especially in winter, means blankets are getting a serious workout.

    Whether they’re layered on your bed or thrown over the couch they’re bound to cop a couple of spills, or are just in need of a good wash from time to time.

    But washing blankets can be tricky. There are some — like cotton blankets — that you can just throw into the machine, but others need to be hand-washed, spot cleaned or left to the professionals at the dry cleaner.

    The weave and material are the main things you need to be aware of before washing. We’ve pulled together tips for washing the most common blankets from wool to knits, and a handy guide for hand washing them too.

    How to wash a wool blanket

    The first thing you need to check on your wool blanket care label is if it is dry-clean only. If this is the washing advice on your blanket, you should leave it to the professionals.

    The biggest risk with washing wool blanket is shrinkage, but if you do the right things you should be able to get yours clean with no problems.

    Another thing to check before you start washing — is your blanket machine washable? If not, you need to hand wash it. But if you can put it in the machine, here’s what to do.

    First, give the blanket a really good shake to air it out and get any crumbs or debris off. Sometimes a good airing can be enough to refresh your blanket and you can stop here.

    But if it does need a wash, start by putting a mild or wool detergent at the bottom of the drum in the machine and then add the blanket.

    Next, set the machine on a gentle cycle with cold water.

    One minute into the spin cycle, stop the machine — this will stop the blanket stretching out. Hang it up to dry on a rack. Do not put your blanket in a dryer as it will likely shrink the material.

    How to wash a fleece blanket

    Fleece is easier to care for than delicate blankets like wool, and when it comes to fleece there is a range in quality. Here’s the easiest way to wash.

    Start by using the proper amount of detergent for a wash, then load the machine as you would normally with the soap first then the blanket.

    Set the machine to a gentle wash on a cold temperature. During the rinse cycle you can add a fabric softener, however this is up to you.

    Hang the blanket to dry on a rack or clothesline to air dry. Doing this will also prevent pilling that can happen if you put a fleece blanket in the dryer.

    How to wash a knitted or crochet blanket

    Some knitted or crocheted blankets can get tossed in the machine and hung out to air dry without an issue, but others do need to be hand washed.

    Machine washing works well for cotton, polyester and acrylic blankets. Here is the best way to do it.

    The ideal first step is placing your blanket into a large lingerie bag to protect it, otherwise just pop the blanket into the washing machine.

    Add a dash of mild detergent (less than you would for a full load) and select a delicate cycle on cold water.

    Next, lay a tarp down in a safe spot, then layer a clean white sheet over the top of it. When your blanket has finished in the machine, lay it out on the sheet flat and reshape it. Leave it to dry flat for 24 hours.

    How to handwash a blanket

    There are some blankets that really do just need to be handwashed, especially those made from speciality, delicate fibres like some wools, silk or mohair. Here is how to handwash a blanket.

    First, fill a plastic tub with cold water and add a liquid detergent, making sure they are mixed together well.

    Next, submerge the blanket in the water and knead the fabric in sections. When the fabric has been thoroughly cleaned, remove it from the tub and press the excess water out. Don’t wring the blanket as it can damage the material or cause it to pull out of shape.

    Repeat this process until there is no trace of soap coming out of the blanket.

    After you’ve pressed all of the water out of the blanket, place it between two dry towels to help draw out more water — this also helps speed up the drying process. Then just hang it out to dry.

    For most of us, a fleece blanket would be a good choice for a chilling day in the winter. Nevertheless, just as any other types of bedding, a fleece blanket would easily suffer from spill, food, hair product and body oil. Therefore, it is really important to know how to wash and clean a fleece blanket effectively so that you and your baby would have comfortable and warm feeling during freezing and cold weather conditions.

    In general, the most effective way to keep a fleece blanket in its best condition would be washing and cleaning it in a suitable method, which is particularly used for fleece material. If you wash a fleece blanket as one with cotton fabric, it would possibly do harm to your blanket and make it to pill and lose it shape quickly.

    By reading carefully and following 4 simple steps of washing a fleece blanket below, you would be able to keep it in good condition for a long time.

    Step 1: Removing all stains and spots

    Use a few drops of liquid for dishwashing to remove soiled spots and stains on the fleece blanket. Remember to allow this substance to soak in the spots and stains for at least ten minutes. After that, take a paper towel to remove the stains by pressing on the surface and removing as much soap as you could.

    Bear in mind that you should not rub the spots or stains mainly because you would spread or press them deeper to the fleece material.

    Step 2: Wash the fleece blanket

    Put your blankets into the washing machine. It is often suggested to wash items with the same fleece material or color to prevent abrasion or damage with other types of clothes.

    Before you start, make sure to set the machine on a mode with gentle cycle as stronger cycles might make your fleece fabric to create complicated knots.

    Just use warm water, not hot, for a fleece blanket. In addition, add washing power without bleach to your washing machine. It is not wise to use so much material softeners for washing a fleece blanket as they would damage the water repellent finish, which is used for a lot of fleece stuff in the process of manufacturing.

    Step 3: Make it dry

    Set the dryer in low heat mode with gentle cycles to make your fleece blanket dry. Remember not to apply a setting with high heat simply because it would damage the fleece material.

    After your dryer stops operating, immediately take the fleece blanket out and then fold it to avoid wrinkles. If it is too soft or fluffy, you should place it on a flat ground and use your hands to press it down.

    Always remember not to do the ironing on a fleece blanket as it would make fleece synthetic material melt and also leave stains or marks on your blanket.

    If weather condition is clement and you have enough space, hanging the fleece blanket outside is a good choice so that it would dry without smell.

    Step 4: Store

    After washing, if you want to store the fleece blanket, fold it carefully and put a dryer sheet with strong pleasant smell in its last fold. It would help to keep your blanket fresh when it is kept in a linen closet.

    ​Other useful tricks and tips

    • In some situations, using hard water when you are washing a fleece blanket could make it become rough. Therefore, you should add a few amount of softener to the water if necessary to keep the clothes as well as blanket in comfortable and soft condition.
    • If the fleece blanket has a tendency to shed while being in a washing machine, you should put it on a big pillow case before placing it into the washing machine.
    • Remember not to us dryer sheet on a soft fleece blanket mainly because it would make the surface of your blanket become rough by leaving a coating. If this situation happens, you should attempt to use additional rinse cycles to make sure that you have removed all of the washing powder or detergent.

    Other potential threats to a fleece blanket

    In general, steaming, pressing, ironing or dry cleaning could all possibly make the plastic fibres of a fleece blanket to melt easily, so remember not to apply any of those methods on fleece material. As mentioned above, a fleece blanket could be made from wide range of fibre, but it is often suggested not to bear the risks when you are not sure. In addition, it is also the reason why you need to pay special attention while making a fleece blanket dry if the temperature of your dryer is not too hot simply because it would result in the similar consequence.


    Fleece blanket is a perfect choice for your kids on a freezing day in the winter thanks to its soft fuzziness and warm surface. Nevertheless, it is frequently exposed to many things such as body oil, hair product or food, which makes it important to washing your blanket often.

    In times, many people find their fleece blanket lose the softness after washing for a few times. This is often occurs due to improper laundry of fleece. Therefore, you need to learning a suitable method to wash and clean your fleece blanket to keep it in best condition.

    By reading carefully and following mentioned steps above, you would be sure that your fleece will remain smooth and soft for a long time, regardless of its material.

    During the annual Labor Day International Street Fair in Orange, I checked out a few of the shops that line the streets of the charming downtown — mostly to get out of the heat. Turns out it was my lucky day — in the Antique Depot on Glassell Street, I found a brand new leather jacket for $24.

    A black leather jacket had been on my wish list, mostly inspired by the iconic Francoise Hardy photo, and although this one wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, the price, quality and classic shape were too good to pass up:

    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    But after just one night at home, the jacket had filled my closet with an overpoweringly sweet, musty stench — no bargain was good enough to justify that smell.

    I’d read that Vogue editor Meredith Melling Burke machine washes and dries all her leather jackets, so I dug around and found more info on machine washing leather here and here.

    Armed with my research, I decided to take the $24 risk. Spoiler alert: glad I did.

    How to machine wash and dry a leather jacket :

    Wash: I added about two tablespoons of laundry detergent to the washing machine, then filled with cold water on the smallest load setting. I threw in a couple pairs of black workout pants and a few dark socks to help cushion the jacket and absorb some of the water during the spin cycle (not sure it’s necessary, but it didn’t hurt), then zipped the jacket, turned it inside out and added it to the load. Finally, I set my machine to run for the shortest wash time (six minutes) on the “delicate” cycle.

    Before drying: I inspected the jacket after the wash cycle to make sure it hadn’t sustained any damage. It looked perfect. Since the sleeves already ran a tad short on me, I stretched them gently and they ‘grew’ about an inch or so.

    Note: From what I’ve read, machine washing and drying works best for full-grain leathers. Not sure I’d put anything with a coated or shiny finish in the dryer (it might crack), though Meredith M-B says even her jacket from Target did just fine.

    Dry: I added everything to the dryer and tossed in three dryer sheets. (I’d seen several recommendations to add liquid fabric softener or even hair conditioner to the wash load to protect the leather, but since I was a bit worried about staining, I used Bounce sheets instead.) I selected the “medium” heat setting and turned on the dryer .

    After 10 minutes I checked the jacket — still wet, but the lining was dry enough for me to turn inside out and try on. It fit pretty much exactly as it had when I bought it. I stretched the sleeves again, turned it inside-out and put it back in the dryer. In total, I dried it for about 40 minutes, trying it on and stretching the sleeves every 10 minutes.

    When I removed it from the dryer it was still slightly damp, but the body and shoulders had shrunk (about an inch in both width and length) and since I didn’t want it to get any smaller, I laid it flat to finish air drying. (I was afraid I’d end up with weird pointy shoulders if I hung it to dry).

    The Result :

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    How to Wash a Fleece Jacket

    It worked! Machine washing got rid of the smell and gave the jacket a more fitted, lived-in look. It also took some of the shine off the leather, as hoped, but it still looks and feels supple.

    Read on to discover how to clean a wax jacket with our super simple step-by-step guide.

    Updated 8 April 2020


    Key steps

    • Brush off loose dirt and mud.
    • Never use a washing machine, dry cleaners or tumble dryer to clean your jacket.
    • Wash with cold water only.
    • Always air-dry.
    • Reproof your jacket to maintain its waterproof qualities.
    • Always use a specialist to provide any repairs to your wax jacket.

    Barbour jackets are quite expensive and often treasured items, so they need to be washed carefully to prevent premature wear and tear. Plus, the wax coating on Barbour jackets gives them a waterproof quality so it’s important not to wear this down in the wash. Read on for our top tips for how to clean a Barbour wax jacket gently and effectively.

    The most important step when learning how to clean a wax jacket is to ensure you use cold water. Heat, detergent, bleach, and other products could damage the wax coating.

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    How to wash a Barbour jacket: The dos and don’ts of how to wash a wax jacket

    When it comes to learning how to wash a Barbour quilted jacket or other wax jackets, there are a few important dos and don’ts you should be aware of.

    • DO start by brushing off any loose dirt and mud.
    • DO always use cold water for cleaning your Barbour wax jacket.
    • DO wash by hand, using cold water and a cloth to wipe off any marks.
    • DO air-dry your jacket to preserve the waterproof quality of your jacket.
    • DO use a specialised wax dressing if you choose to reproof your jacket at home. Alternatively, you can send it to Barbour or a specialist who will be able to do it for you.
    • DON’T use hot water, as this can damage the waterproofing wax and oils.
    • DON’T wash your wax jacket in the washing machine as even the gentlest of cycles could damage the wax coating.
    • DON’T tumble dry your wax jacket as the heat can remove the all-important waterproofing wax and oils.
    • DON’T FORGET to reproof your jacket to ensure you prolong its life and maintain the waterproof qualities of the wax coating.
    • DON’T make repairs to your jacket yourself. If you notice that there are rips, holes or other issues which need addressing, make sure you send it to a specialist to ensure it is properly taken care of.

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    Fleece had its beginnings in an oft-degraded synthetic fabric: polyester. A yarn derived from polyester, fleece was created by Massachusetts-based fabric manufacturer Malden Mills in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, Patagonia, a clothing company, used fleece for a pullover. Starting in the 1990s, companies such as L.L. Bean and Gap started using fleece in both athletic and casual wear. The fabric supplies warmth and can wick away excess moisture, two favorable features, but requires a modicum of extra effort when washing and drying it.

    Prior to Washing

    Fleece and cold weather were made for each other. Fleece, whether it be in jacket or blanket form, keeps you warm and snug, despite the weather. Cold weather also means the return of the sniffles and the potential for having a small stash of tissues in your pockets. Remove the tissues and all trash from pockets prior to washing the garments. Its these little tissue bits that attach themselves to fleece and hold on for dear life.

    Washing and Drying Fleece

    Wash your fleece with like colors and fabrics in cold water and using the gentle cycle. Other wash cycles can cause friction among the fabrics, leading the fleece to pill. Do not use fabric softeners or bleach with fleece, especially fleece garments that have been treated with water repellents. The repellents can be damaged by softeners and bleach. When drying the fleece, do it at low heat. You can also air-dry your fleece. If you don’t have access to an outdoor clothesline, you have indoor options. Place the freshly washed jacket on a coat hanger and hang from your shower curtain rod. You can also hang it on a clothes rack. Fleece cannot be dry-cleaned and should not be ironed. The heat from an iron can make permanent marks on the fleece or, even worse, may melt the fabric.

    Removing Fuzzies

    Should you still have fuzzies after removing trash from pockets plus proper washing and drying, you have other options. Two low-cost options involve either duct tape or a razor tape. Take a piece of sticky duct tape, wrap it around your index and middle fingers and tap the tape against the fleece. The fuzzies should come off with the tape. Continue until the garment is fuzzy-free. You can also gently scrape a razor blade or a disposable razor against the fleece. A third option would be investing in a sweater brick. Simply run the brick over the garment and blanket until it’s clean of fuzzies.

    Keeping Your Dryer Lint-Free

    Take the time to clean your dryer’s lint trap either before or after each use. Excess lint from the trap can stick to the clothes. Plus, there are two pleasant effects of keeping the trap, also known as a screen, clean. The dryer won’t use as much energy because the clothes will dry faster. More importantly, unclean lint traps can lead to dryer fires. In addition, dryer vents should be kept free of lint.

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