Winter is approaching and, thanks to the first cold days, it’s time to dust off the down jackets, a real must-have of the moment , from the lightest to the padded ones, up to the windproof jackets. Having been stored in boxes and shelves for months, they should be washed before returning to wear them, although it would be better to dedicate yourself to this operation at the end of winter, therefore before making the change of season.
The thing that few people know is that it is not necessary to take these garments to the laundry to achieve impeccable results, you can also wash them at home in the washing machine or by hand.
Here are the methods and tricks to use to make coats look like new again with just one wash.
How to wash duvets at home?
To wash duvets in the washing machine, it is essential to read the label inside the garment, following the washing instructions. In fact, in most cases, these are delicate fabrics and materials that do not require high temperatures and too aggressive detergents. Before putting the coat or duvet in the basket, it is necessary to empty the pockets and remove the decorative fur where possible.
Pre-treats the dirtiest parts
If some areas of the coat are particularly dirty, it is necessary to pre-treat them before putting everything in the washing machine. Usually the dirt is more stubborn on the neck, cuffs and underarm area: just put on the stain remover and lightly rub the affected part to achieve an impeccable result.
Set on a gentle wash
Before putting the duvet or coat in the washing machine, it must be turned completely inside out. The program must be set on a delicate program and at low temperatures (maximum 30 °), adding a neutral detergent or specific for delicate garments. Fabric softener, harsh detergents and bleach, on the other hand, should be avoided.
How to wash your down jackets at home?
Down jackets, coats and winter jackets can be safely hand washed at home, saving both money and time. In fact, there are several natural remedies with which excellent results are obtained and they are neither difficult nor tiring to put into practice. Here are all the steps to follow to get them back like new.
Fill the tub with water and baking soda
The first thing you need to do when washing a coat by hand is to fill the bathtub with lukewarm water, to this you will need to add a measuring spoon of baking soda and a glass of apple cider vinegar.
Leave to soak
The garment to be washed must be completely immersed in water and left to soak for about 2 hours before rinsing thoroughly.
Do a second wash with essential oil
At this point it is necessary to fill the tub for the second time, adding a few drops of essential oil to the water, preferably avocado, which perfumes and softens the fabric. It must be left to soak for half an hour before rinsing thoroughly and spreading out in the open air.
How to dry coats and down jackets?
An operation not to be underestimated is the drying of duvets and coats, you risk damaging them or, if left damp, they produce very annoying bad smells.
Lay them out horizontally
Once the washing is finished, the coat should be beaten vigorously, in order to even out the feathers as much as possible. It is necessary to spread it horizontally, resting it on the threads of the hanger, so that the stuffing does not fall all the way down due to the force of gravity.
Choose a ventilated place
Down jackets and coats should be hung in a ventilated but shady place, it would be better to dedicate yourself to this operation on a sunny and not very humid day. It is also necessary to massage the fabric from time to time to facilitate the drying of the padding. Only once the latter has dried completely can everything be put away in the wardrobe.
Use the dryer
If you have a dryer, this is ideal for restoring shape, volume and softness to duvets. To do this, the basket must not be full as the garment must have the necessary space to regain its natural swelling. The program must be stopped every half hour, so that the duvet can be beaten and cooled at regular intervals (the heat, in fact, damages the feather filling). Once this is done, you need to remove the coat immediately from the basket and hang it on a hanger, massaging the fabric to make sure the padding is distributed in the right way.
Do you want to wash a quilt or a padded jacket without going to a laundry? It is possible to achieve optimal results even at home both with the washing machine and with a hand wash, just follow a series of steps. Mentioned above is everything you need to do to get it back as new in a simple and quick way.