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Your raincoat can last longer than you think with the right cleaning and care. If you clean raincoats using excessive agitation (in a washing machine) and hot water then you are ruining its finish.
Raincoats can only withstand water exposure, they can’t withstand reckless washing. So, in this article, we will share how to clean raincoats properly so that they can last longer and stay in good condition.
Here’s what you need to know about how to clean raincoat:
When you should clean a raincoat
You don’t have to clean a raincoat after every wear. They need proper washing generally once a month or when they are worn 10-15 times. Minor stains can be removed using a damp cloth and soapy water.
Pro – tip
Never use bleach, fabric softener, detergents that contain bleach or other laundry additives to clean raincoats. They might damage or dissolve the waterproof elements of raincoat.
The most stains on raincoats are generally mud stains. Luckily, you can remove them without washing the entire raincoat. Here’s what you can do:
If there is a very tough stain that came from ink, oil, etc. then you might need to get help of a dry cleaner.
If the stain on your jackets are too tough, you can try our leather cleaning service.
Now, let’s move to the two ways to clean raincoats:
Before choosing any of these methods, check the care label on raincoat.
Generally, you can hand wash or machine wash raincoats. However, some raincoats require special care. Thus, you should check the care label near the collar. Some manufacturers may suggest particular cleaners to clean raincoats. Some may recommend only hand wash or stain treatment only. If there are no specific wash care instructions, you can go ahead with the process explained below.
Apart from washing instructions, it also mentions the fabric type of raincoat and states whether it has a water-resistant finish that you need to reapply over time.
Close all the zippers, loops and buttons on the placket and pockets of the raincoat. In case the raincoat has a removable belt and cap, remove them. Place such belts and caps separately in a mesh laundry bag and put them in the washer along with the raincoat.
These days there are some fancy specific cleaners found in the market which are formulated specially to clean raincoats. If you are using such cleaners in place of a regular laundry detergent, then you will need to clean raincoats separately from other dirty clothes.
We would recommend you pick your regular laundry detergent for this purpose because raincoats generally don’t require a special cleaner.
Caution: Avoid using soaps containing perfumes, enzymes, or surfactants.
Always set your washing machine on the gentle or lowest setting to clean raincoats. Because the finish of raincoats can get damaged with excessive agitation caused by high heat settings. Use cold water as well.
Once the wash cycle ends, take out the raincoat and see if it needs a second rinse. Sometimes detergent leftover stays on the raincoat. If they are visible, then rinse the raincoat again.
Hang the raincoat using a hanger in a clean, dust-free, ventilated area and let it air-dry. We never recommend you put a raincoat in the clothes dryer machine because excessive heat is not the best thing for them. However, if you still want to use a clothes dryer, here is what you need to do:
Caution: Sometimes even the gentlest setting of a dryer machine can be too high for raincoats. As a result, raincoats can get cracks or flakiness.
Does your raincoat need a water-resistant finish? Get it done by experts.
Caution: Never iron your raincoat. It can get burnt instantly when contacted with a heavily heated baseplate of iron.
If you will give slight attention to your raincoats, they will last longer. Hence, do follow the above mentioned steps to clean a raincoat.
It is always better to clean them without using machines. However, if you are using a washing machine, make sure to use gentle cycle.
In case your raincoat has any strong stains like ink stain or rust stain, you can get them removed from your nearest dry cleaner. As they may be tough to remove at home.
For more such articles on cleaning and washing, keep visitng Tumbledry as we post a lot on these topics.
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