How To’s of Caring for a Dog Coat: Fine Wool

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You’ve got that favorite wool coat. You went for quality and you want it to last. How do you ensure it stays fresh and looking great, season after season? This handy care guide will help!

General Care

* Hang woven wool garments on shaped or padded hangers, when possible.

* Brush and air wool clothing after wear to remove surface soil and allow clothing to relax.

* I recently learned this; it’s a good idea to give a wool garment 24 hours rest before wearing it again. It’s a version of beauty rest. Wool is an amazing, natural material that will actually shed wrinkles and return to its original shape.

* Avoid abrasion with hard surfaces to prevent pilling, those annoying little balls of wool that appear on some thinner cashmeres, especially.

* You don’t have to clean wool garments often. In fact, cleaning too much creates fiber wear. So, spot clean with cool water or a spot cleaning agent for stain removal. Always use only those recommended for wool, and then I’d spot test on a small section not outwardly visible.

* If you store your wool garments in the off-season, also include your dog’s! Prior to long-term storage, clean wool garments thoroughly. Store with fresh cedar or other suitable moth repellents that can keep your clothes smelling pleasant, and they’ll be ready, looking and smelling great, for next year.

* If care instructions state “Dry Clean Only,” follow the instructions to avoid any expensive mistakes. There are special dry cleaners who don’t throw all colors and a lot of clothes into the same big bin to clean. I’d recommend finding a cleaner that is very familiar with cleaning fine goods. In NYC, I use Hallak Cleaners.

*  If the garment gets stained, the best advice is to rinse the spot with cool water immediately, but see my tips for specific, common stains, below.

* Never wring or vigorously rub wool garments, because you will create wear on the fibers; they may pill or look different from the rest of the garment.

* Dry wool garments away from heat sources. Heat and wool = shrinkage.​​

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If you want to press your dog’s wool coat, first read these tips: 

* Set the iron on the wool setting

* Do not press wool totally dry

* Always use steam setting when pressing wool

* Press on the reverse side of the fabric

* When it is necessary to press on the right side of the fashion fabric, use a press cloth to avoid a shine

A guide for removing some common stains: 

Food: Gently rub the spot with carbonated water

Glue: Sponge the spot with alcohol.

Ink: Immerse in cold water. Do not rub as this may spread to other areas.

Chewing Gum: Scrape the spot first. Sometimes freezing the gum will allow you to break it away from the garment. I wouldn’t recommend using a dry cleaning solvent unless it’s non-toxic to your pet.

MudDo not try to rub wet mud out. Let it dry first. This is a critical tip I learned the hard way. Mud can brush off with a good brush once it’s dried, prior to using water. Warm or cold water is great, when used gently, for the residual stain.

Red Wine: Step away from the doggy coat when drinking. If an accident occurs, first immerse the garment in cold water for few minutes before rubbing out. There are also some red wine removal products on the market like Wine Out or other similar products.

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