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Jacket Maintenance 101: Tips for Keeping Your Outerwear Looking Fresh and New

Australian weather is unpredictable, so a jacket or a coat can be one of the most useful items to have in your wardrobe. But frequently using your jackets can cause dirt and wear to show on your favourite garment.

A soft and comfortable jacket doesn’t just keep you warm and protected during harsh weather conditions. It also helps us look stylish. Promotional outerwear is very popular, but it takes care and maintenance to keep these garments in the best condition possible, so you can keep using them for a long time.

How to Clean Fleece Coats and Garments

Fleece jackets are made from a lightweight synthetic material that gives excellent warmth and insulation. The material is called fleece because it mimics wool fabric and wicks away moisture and sweat so you can remain dry during physically demanding activities, so it’s best to clean them often.

Sort Your Laundry

Fleece is a magnet for debris like lint and pet hair, so avoid washing fleece jackets with clothes that produce lint. You should also check the jacket pockets for paper or tissues that can stick to the fleece. Before putting your fleece jackets into the wash, close the buttons, zippers, and fasteners and turn them inside out to prevent any snags during the wash.

Select Detergent and Washer Cycle

You can use any regular or heavy-duty laundry detergent when washing your fleece jackets. Wash the garments in warm or cold water on the permanent press cycle. This has a cold rinse and doesn’t spin the clothes excessively fast, which can cause wrinkles to form on your jacket.


The best method to dry your fleece jacket is to air-dry it. But you can also tumble dry it on low heat to get started on the drying process. However, removing the jacket while it’s still a bit damp is important. You should never dry your fleece jackets on high heat as it can damage the fabric.

How to Clean Waterproof Coats

Waterproof coats are another popular type of promotional jacket. This is made of a special type of material, so it requires a specific type of care when washing.

Take Care of the Outer Material

In order to preserve the waterproof finish of your coat and keep the nylon-type fabric in good condition, always wash it in cool water with a gentle detergent. Avoid placing waterproof coats in the dryer and keep them away from high heat. Doing these steps can prevent the waterproof coat from being damaged.

Select Detergent and Washer Cycle

You should use a gentle laundry detergent that’s specifically formulated for waterproof garments. Wash the jacket in cold water on the permanent press cycle. Then, reduce the spin cycle speed to decrease the wrinkling of the jacket.

Allow Coat to Air-Dry

Do not put your waterproof jacket in the dryer. You should let this type of material hang to air-dry. Any wrinkles should go away during the drying process of the jacket.

How Often Should You Wash Your Jackets?

If your coat is visibly dirty or starting to develop odours, then it is time to wash it. In general, you should wash fleece coats or jackets that wick sweat more frequently since they absorb odours more easily. Washing them every other week is best if you wear this garment daily. Meanwhile, waterproof coats or nylon raincoats can go longer without washing. You can wash them once a month or every two months, depending on how often you use them. 

Final Thoughts

To keep your favourite jacket in the best condition, invest in the best care to protect and maintain them. Taking care of these garments well can help them last for a long time and keep it looking good as new. Make sure to always read the label for the fibre content of your jackets and follow the care instructions for each coat. With the right care, your jackets will last you for years to come. 

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