How To Wash Fleece Jacket

How to wash fleece jackets
How to wash fleece jackets

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Love the cosy, soft feel of fleece jackets but don’t wear them often as they’re tough to clean? Don’t worry, if you fear you will end up in ruining the softness of fleece, this article will help.

Before knowing how to wash fleece jackets, let’s see how often you should wash them:

When To Wash Fleece Jackets

If you over-wash your fleece, the fabric may start to pill. Wash your fleece jacket after 6-7 wears. You can wear your fleece several times without washing it, as the fabric is durable and tough against stains.

In addition, clean your jacket whenever it is visibly dirty. For example, if you’ve gone on a mountain trip and your jackets looks dirty or there are mud stains, wash your jacket as soon as you get home.

How To Wash Fleece Jackets – Hand wash or Machine Wash

You should hand wash fleece jackets if possible. It is the best way to avoid any fabric pilling. Some particular fleece jackets require hand-washing because of their fabric and dyes. While washing your fleece by hand takes a bit more time than machine wash, it is still easy to do.

Use the washing machine if your garment care label allows it. It is fast and easy method. However, make sure you take care of the following things:

  • Run the machine on cold water setting to avoid pilling.
  • Wash your jacket with similar colours to avoid colour bleeding stains.

Before washing the entire jacket pre-treat the stains (if any). Here is what you can do:

If the stain on your jackets are too tough, you can try our dry clean service, we promise 99% stain removal.

How To Remove Stains From A Fleece Jacket

  • Mix 2-3 drops of your regular detergent with 10 ml of lukewarm water (30° C).

  • Lay a clean white towel or microfiber cloth on a flat and clean surface.

  • Place the stained area of jacket on this cloth/towel. Keep the stained area facing towards the cloth/towel.

  • Dip an old toothbrush in the mixture.

  • Rub this mixture on the inner side of the stained area in circular motion for 2-3 minutes.

  • Keep dipping the toothbrush in the detergent every 5-10 seconds.

  • If the stains has gone or lifted up on the towel/cloth underneath wipe away the detergent using a clean white cloth.

  • Rinse the stained area and wash the garment entirely.

If the stain still persists, it must be too old or tough. You can refer to our separate article consisting various stain removers for different types of stains – A quick guide to homemade stain removers.

Now, let’s see how to clean fleece jackets in both of these ways

Steps To Hand Wash Fleece Jackets

How to hand wash fleece jackets
How to hand wash fleece jackets
  • Step 1: Fill a bucket with cold water

    Fill your bucket about two thirds with clean and cold water. The key is to soak your jacket completely.

  • Step 2: Mix detergent in water properly

    Put approximately 50 grams of your regular laundry detergent or 50 ml of liquid detergent to wash one fleece jacket. You can also read and follow the usage instructions on your detergent packaging.

    Stir the water with your hands 5-6 times to dissolve the detergent.

  • Step 3: Soak your jacket in the bucket

    Place your fleece jacket into the bucket and submerge it entirely in the water with your hands. You can swish your hands through the water.

  • Step 4: Scrub lightly with a brush

    Brush off dirt and debris from the fleece jacket

    Move a soft-bristled clothes brush in small, circular motions all over your jacket to lift up dirt and debris. Don’t assert pressure on fleece. You can work on 5-10 cm area for convenience.

    Repeat the process on the inner side of the jacket.

  • Step 5: Rinse your fleece jacket in cool water

    Rinse the jacket to remove soapy residue and dirt. Keep rinsing unless the water doesn’t have soapy lather.

What if we say you can get your fleece jackets cleaned effortlessly?

Steps To Clean Fleece Jackets In A Washing Machine

How to machine wash fleece jackets at home
How to machine wash fleece jackets at home
  • Step 1: Put the jacket in washer drum

    Turn the jacket inside out before you wash it. Flip the neck of your jacket inside, pull the sleeves into the main body, and turn it inside out. This way, the outer fleece stays protected as you wash it.

    Make there is nothing in the pockets of your jacket before you wash it. If you leave paper in the pockets, your jacket will get covered in lint, which is almost impossible to remove.

  • Step 2: Put detergent in the dispenser

    To keep your fleece jacket soft put 150 grams of powdered or 150 ml of liquid detergent in the dispenser. You can also follow the instructions on the package regarding how much to use.

    If you place the detergent directly into the washing machine, it may be too concentrated and result in a lot of soap residue.

  • Step 3: Run the machine on right settings

    Use the lowest temperature setting to avoid damaging your jacket. Turn your wash temperature to the “cold” setting before you start the load. If you use a warm wash setting, your fabric may start to pill. If you use a hot wash setting, the fabric may melt.

    If you are washing your fleece jacket by itself or with a few items, use a light wash cycle. If you are washing a full load of laundry, use a larger wash cycle, based on the options listed on your particular machine.

  • Step 4: Air dry your fleece jacket

    Hang the jacket on a hanger and let it air dry. After your clothes are washed, open up your washing machine and pull out your fleece jacket. Place the jacket on a hanger and zip it up. Leave the jacket in a dry place for 1-2 hours so it can air dry.

    Avoid using the dryer when washing your fleece jacket. Even a light heat cycle can cause your fleece to pill, and the heat can damage your jacket.  If you washed other clothing with your fleece, you can put them in the dryer.

Pro-tip: Use baking soda to clean fleece jacket

Baking soda is known to absorb unpleasant odours and works great when washing clothing.

Add baking soda to remove odour:  Mix about 2-4 tbsp your detergent mixture before pouring it into the washing machine.

Click here to know what wonders baking soda can do: 5 Ways to use baking soda in laundry

Key Takeaway

It is crucial to clean a fleece jacket properly otherwise it may start pilling. It can lose its softness. The best way to clean fleece jackets is to hand wash them using mild detergent and cold water.

If you still want to use a washing machine, choose the most delicate cycle to prevent fabric from pilling.

In case there are certain stains on the jacket, send it to a good dry cleaner.

For more such articles on cleaning different types of clothes, keep visiting Tumbledry, we post a lot of these topics.

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