The most unpleasant thing is when winter things get dirty. After all, their washing is quite time-consuming and requires compliance with certain rules. This especially applies to sheepskin coats made of both natural and artificial leather. Let’s consider how to wash a sheepskin coat and whether it can be done in principle.
Is it possible to wash a sheepskin coat? The answer to this question depends on what kind of jacket you have: natural or artificial. Under no circumstances should natural leather be washed, even wet. It should be cleaned carefully and with special means, as you can read in this article . As for artificial leather, it is made of polyester or acrylic. These materials are relatively easy to care for, that is, there are no particularly strict washing restrictions.
It is better to wash the sheepskin coat using dry cleaning services. If for some reason such an opportunity is not available, then you can do it at home. Let’s consider how to wash a sheepskin coat at home in more detail.
By the way, after washing, you can paint the skin, thereby restoring it. This is done with special sprays that are sold in specialized stores, and we will consider exactly how this is done another time.
To begin with, let’s understand, is it possible to wash artificial sheepskin in a washing machine? No you can not. Such conditions can damage either fabric or fur. Washing should be done only by hand .
It is best to buy a special agent for washing artificial leather and fur in the store. If this is not on sale, then any liquid mild detergent will do. Put the powder aside, because if it does not dissolve, it can scratch the product.
It is necessary to wash by hand, while it is better not to soak artificial leather. Get ready – the washing process is quite painstaking.
First clean the fur of the sheepskin. Vacuum it, comb it well. If it needs washing, then wash the contaminated areas with clean, warm water (up to 30 degrees), as it will be very difficult to restore the fur after washing with soapy water. Dry and comb again. At this point, you can finish washing the fur. To give it a shine, you can wipe the fur with a solution of vinegar.
Now let’s move on to the process of how to wash a faux sheepskin coat:
- Pour into a basin, bowl or other container of warm water.
- Dissolve the detergent.
- During washing, the sheepskin coat can be held in a hanging position, in the hands or laid out on the floor. The last option is the most convenient. It is necessary to spread the jacket on a slightly damp cloth.
- Lay the sheepskin on the floor with the fur down, place a bowl of water next to it and take a soft cloth or washcloth.
- Wet a washcloth with soapy water and wipe the surface of the skin. Do not rub hard, so as not to leave scratches.
- Avoid contact with the fur or it may stick together.
- Rinse the sheepskin. For this you need an assistant. Or you can hang the jacket on the hanger above the bath (if there is such an opportunity). One holds the jacket, and the other pours clean water over it from the shower or from a ladle. Rinse thoroughly so that there are no stains left. If detergent gets on the fur, wipe it off carefully with a wet hand.
After washing the artificial sheepskin, you need to make sure that it dries well. Hang it on a hanger, preferably wide, so that the shoulders are well straightened. Hang the sheepskin coat away from any heaters, air conditioners and fans. It should dry at room temperature.
Make sure that the sun’s rays do not fall on the skin. If natural leather fades from the sun, artificial leather will simply become hard.
Spots on sheepskin
A fresh greasy stain can be sprinkled with starch or talc. They will act as an absorbent and absorb all the fat. You need to change it several times, keeping it for several hours. When the stain is gone, vacuum the sheepskin to remove any remaining starch.
Old stains on artificial sheepskin can be cleaned using a steam generator. After processing, clean the item with a suede brush.
Dried and complex stains can be treated with a mixture of glycerin and ammonia (10%). Mix them in equal proportions, dilute 1 tsp. borax and dilute all this in 0.5 l of water. Dip a cotton swab in the resulting solution and wipe the stains. Next, absorb the remaining moisture with the help of microfiber and dry with a paper towel.