How to Care for Coats

Good shelters are usually a garment that is inherited through generations or available in stores in good condition. Here some tips and tricks to keep the vintage coats in a better State.

Coat for Women


  1. Lining

If they are wool, linen, cashmere, gabardine or any other material usually will have a fabric which is called lining. Although the outside material is of good quality and perhaps capable of supporting a washed with mild soap and water, often with the backing not the case. For this reason, it is always advisable to take them to the dry cleaners.

Good quality leathers, with good care can age very well.

  1. Leather

Skin although it is extremely resistant, requires extra care to keep it intact and requires sporadic treatment so it does not dry out or lose hair. For the leather there are oils, soaps and sprays special; for the chamois waterproof sprays that protect them from the water; and for skins places where can be stored at low temperatures so that they don’t lose hair.

It is always recommended to go with the specialist in fur to make the necessary arrangements in dirty or damaged areas.

Applications of skin must always be cleaned with specialists.

  1. Leather Detail

If a fabric shelter have some skin applications, it is always advisable to try to remove them before taking it to dry-clean, either consult the dry cleaner if it is possible to wash the garment without damaging the skin or ask the seller (

The Decade of the 50 wool grey coat.


Shelters tend to accumulate waste from other fabrics or sweaters. To remove dust and lint from wool, mainly in dark coats, you can roll adhesive tape in hand and pass it through the garment to remove it.

For “balls” that are formed in the same fabric, there are those who used an old rake and pass it over. It seeks to do so very carefully, since the knife could tear the fabric.

Although labels give an instruction, if it is a garment have that much appreciation is often best to consult with experts.

Ask experts

Question always in the dry cleaning if they think that it is possible to wash the garment without causing him harm, they often know more about the care of the material. Often labels bring specific instructions that the garment is only dry cleaning, but never goes without question.

Say goodbye to moths

To avoid annoying and destructive moths, grate the peel of a lemon and hang it in your closet. There are also products on the market specially created to combat this scourge. Well organize your closet you will also help to avoid these bugs.

Get rid of mites

Those pesky and tiny what love the clothes of bed and pillows, and, Yes, many times also your coats.

If you put pieces of white chalk in corners of the closet, you can avoid them. Another option is to pick up your garment to remove most of the accumulated dust, and finally remove it from time to time to be exhausted in the light, avoiding to give directly the rays of the Sun. Mites love humidity but hate the air and light.

The garment bag protect delicate items from dust, sunlight and moisture.

Become a friend of the garment bag

It always keeps your coat in a bag portatraje from a season to another, to the skins use cloth bags, as plastic can damage them.

Deal with water

Many times a surprise rain or sleet can leave your cute fur coat looking as if it were a wet cat. Don’t worry, shake you all the water you can and hang it in a place with good ventilation. That Yes, never keep it in your damp closet or approach to heating or fireplace grates.


  1. Dirty collars

The dirty collars are one of the most common damage suffering garments and that can be easily avoided. If you don’t want to wrap neck becomes dirty attempts using sweaters Turtleneck, scarves or scarves that protect it from chafing the skin.

Bags of the coats can deform with use. Photo: Ana Cristina Enriquez

  1. Deformed bags

If you want to avoid your coat bags become deformed with the use, you can sew them not to fall into the temptation to put hands or objects heavy within them.

  1. Buttons in place

The button here is one of the features that give personality to a coat, blazer or jacket, but very often lack one, is broken or is not in good condition. There are shops specializing in vintage like XXXX.