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How to clean shearling at home

How to clean faux and real shearling at home.

Shearling has become more and more popular lately, with coats, sweaters and even slippers becoming on trend – but many fear it’s difficult to clean and care for.

Fear not – Wear Next is here to help. Despite shearling seeming like a nightmare to clean, it’s really not as difficult as you think.

Read on to find out how to clean and care for your shearling garments.

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How to clean faux shearling at home

The first thing we recommend doing when attempting to clean shearling is checking if it’s real or faux. Many shearling-look jackets and coats are now made from polyester, making them a whole lot cheaper and easier to care for too, so check your label.

If your garment is faux shearling, you can simply pop it in the washing machine under a gentle, cold wash with mild laundry detergent.

Make sure to turn the garment inside out and wash it alone.

Once clean, you can put it in the dryer on a very low heat along with a wool dryer ball (we love these eco-friendly wool dryer balls). Only do this for 15 minutes, before letting it air dry.

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How to clean real shearling at home

If your garment is real shearling, it’s a different story.

It’s best to spot clean little and often with a gentle detergent, dabbing the areas that need cleaning with a rag or cloth.

Once clean, use a towel to remove any moisture, then air dry the garment.

If the garment has been soiled all over, The Sheepherder recommend taking it to be professionally dry cleaned by someone who specialises in leather or fur.

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Can you get shearling wet?

Shearling is water resistant, so your coat won’t get damaged if you’re caught in the rain.

Simply air dry your garment when you get home, brushing off any water droplets.

How do you take care of shearling?

While most of it is common sense, there are a few rules to follow when it comes to caring for your shearling garments.

  • Never put your shearling in the washing machine or dryer. It will need to either be air dried or dry cleaned, depending on the condition.
  • Clean the garment often. As soon as you notice a little stain, spot clean it immediately and do this consistently to keep your garment in the best possible condition.
  • Ensure you hang your shearling garment on a sturdy hanger. Avoid draping it over chairs or coat rack to keep the shape.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, as this may bleach your garment.
  • Avoid flames or intense heat, as this can also damage your garment.

For more advice on how to care for your shearling, read this brilliant article.

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