How to Care for Winter Coats in the Off-Season

Stow away your warm, fuzzy winter coat properly so it looks great looks year.

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While they're warm and snuggly and keep you toasty all winter long, once the temps start to rise, you may be more than ready to shed your woolly winter coat in favor of lighter clothing. You can simply hang your coats in a closet throughout the summer months, or you can give them some extra special TLC by taking a few extra steps that will keep them in tip-top shape.


Empty all of the pockets. Throughout the cold winter months, you may have shoved items into them. Gloves, hats, important notes and even money could be lurking in there. Go through all of the pockets to ensure that nothing important is left behind.


Inspect your coats carefully to find any imperfections. This could be anything from a loose button to a stain. Make notes of what you would like to fix or even alter on the coats. Creating a list will help you remember everything that you need to do. Complete these tasks before next winter.


Clean your coats. Have them professionally cleaned or wash them yourself, but follow the instructions on the coats' care tags. Many heavy winter coats must be dry cleaned. There can be an added bonus to this, though, as most dry cleaners will also take care of little things such as loose buttons, frays or other wear and tear.


Store your winter coats in an airtight container until the cold weather returns. In doing so, you are getting them out of the way. These containers will also keep moths, spiders and other pests from getting to your coats and damaging them.

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Consider whether you need or want a new winter coat before next winter. If so, hit the end-of-season clearance sales to score a nice, new winter coat at a bargain price.


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