Can you wash a wool coat that says dry clean only?
Woven and knitted wool is washable by hand or in a machine’s gentle cycle using cool water and a gentle wool wash. However, almost all wool coats are labeled dry clean only.
How can I dry clean my wool coat at home?
Most wool coats should be dry cleaned. For those that can be hand washed, use only cold water and a mild detergent made for wool. Soak the coat in the water for five to ten minutes. Rinse out the detergent with clean cold water.
What happens if you wash something that is dry clean only?
What might happen if you wash a dry clean only garment? The garment could shrink – not just a little, but significantly. Some garments will shrink 2-3 sizes or more; drapes can shrink to half their size. Dry cleaning is a more gentle process and professional cleaners know how to protect those delicate trimmings.
What happens if you put a wool coat in the washing machine?
Turn your machine to the delicate, woolen, or hand-wash cycle. “Don’t put a wool coat into the dryer because it will shrink,” warns Boyd. The spin cycle should wring out any excess water. If the fabric comes out of the wash dripping, take a clean white towel and lay the coat flat.