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How to Properly Clean Your Sports Coat

Posted by Patricia Spencer on
How to Properly Clean Your Sports Coat


Some of us pull out a sports coat once in a blue moon, while others wear them daily for work, or simply to look snazzy.  Regardless of how often you wear a sports coat, there may come a time when you need to have it cleaned, and many wonder whether this can actually be done safely at home using natural cleaning products.  As you’re about to find out, it really depends, mainly on the material of your sports coat.

Can You Wash Your Sports Coat at Home?

Once your sports coat is looking dirty or smelling less-than-fresh, it’s time for a wash.  At this point, you’ll want to read its care label, which will tell you what it can and cannot handle in terms of washing, drying and ironing. 

Machine-Washable Fabrics

If you have a sports coat made from a washable material like linen, polyester or cotton, and you can wash it in the washing machine and use the dryer, go ahead and do so, checking the label for information about temperature, dryer settings, etc.

We recommend using gentle laundry products since most sports coats are made from higher-end materials that require a bit more care.  Basically, go with non toxic and delicate laundry pods like Grab Green Delicate Laundry Detergent Pods.  These delicate laundry pods are ideal for fine fabrics such as this, as the gentle formula cleans deeply without fading, shrinking, or causing clothes to lose their shape.  It’s your solution for washing all your dedicates, WITHOUT harmful chemicals.

Assuming that the sports coat doesn’t require air-drying, put it in the dryer on the “permanent press setting”, unless your care label says otherwise, along with Classic Laundry Dryer Sheets, as these sustainable dryer sheets will keep your blazer soft and cling-free.

Handwash Only

If your sports coat requires handwashing and air-drying, no problem!  Just handwash as instructed, using the water temperature recommended on the label.  Some eco friendly laundry detergent powder like our 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent Powder dissolves in water to make handwashing a breeze.

Dry-Clean Only

If you have a sports coat that requires dry-cleaning, such as a wool or tweed sports coat, then please only take it to the drycleaners.  Otherwise, you will likely damage the coat as many materials cannot withstand being soaked in water for much time at all.  Your drycleaner can also press the suit for you, since most materials that must be dry-cleaned also cannot be ironed at home.

If Your Sports Coat is Stained

Sometimes, accidents happen.  And sometimes, those accidents involve spilling something on our sports coat just as we’re getting ready to walk out the door.  Don’t fear, because you can likely keep the stain to a minimum with all-natural cleaning products that are generally safe for most fabrics.  Try dipping a white, clean cloth into sold cold water blended with a couple drops of Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap.  It’s a non toxic dish soap that’s mild but effective at lifting stains.  Blot the stain as much as you can until its appearance is minimized, or even better, gone.  Then, take it to a drycleaner who is equipped to handle stains using their specialized methods.

A Sports Coat Requires Special Care, But Many Can Be Washed at Home

Sports coats come in a range of materials, which has everything to do with how they need to be cleaned.  The key is following the care instructions on the garment’s label, to make sure that you’re washing it effectively without damaging it in the process.  And, if you need to, a little Liquid Dish Soap from Grab Green Home can act as a great spot treatment should you accidentally spill something before you can get to washing it.

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