How to clean a sheepskin coat yourself

How to clean a sheepskin coat yourself

How to clean a sheepskin coat yourself

January 28, 2017

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You can return the sheepskin coat to its original appearance. And without trips to dry cleaning and expensive special equipment.
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Lily Ledneva

How to clean a sheepskin coat yourself

How to clean a natural sheepskin coat

Sheepskin coats are made from sheepskin, astrakhan or goat skins. When dressing, the skins are treated with special tannins. Fur, with the exception of astrakhan fur, is plucked and sheared. If chromic substances are used for tanning, fur velor is obtained, if fatty substances are used, suede is obtained.

Sheepskin coats come with and without coating. The first are impregnated with a solution with natural resins. Coated sheepskin coats are more practical and durable, as they are better protected from moisture and mechanical damage. To remove dirt from them, it is usually enough to wipe with a damp cloth.

With natural uncoated sheepskin coats, everything is a little more complicated.

Dry cleaning of natural sheepskin coats

Suede and velor are afraid of moisture, so products made from them are usually cleaned in a dry way.

Fresh dirt can be removed with a hard rubber brush or a stationery eraser. Just rub the stain, and then shake off the debris. The process will go faster if the pile is softened and lifted with steam. To do this, hold the product over a boiling kettle for 2-3 minutes.

If the dirt has eaten in, there are two options.

  1. Semolina or starch. Pour the selected substance on the stain and rub in a circular motion with a soft cloth. When the cereal or starch stops turning gray, the procedure can be completed.
  2. Bread. This method was used even under Peter I for cleaning sheepskin coats. Take the dried bread crust and rub the dirty area with it, like with a brush. Sometimes breadcrumbs are also used. He is rolled on the spots.

Grease stains can be removed with tooth powder. Rub it in with an old toothbrush, shake off the residue and go over the treated area with a rubber brush or eraser.

Wet cleaning of natural sheepskin coats

The collar, cuffs and pockets get dirty most quickly and most of all in sheepskin coats. They can be so greasy that dry cleaning is unlikely to restore their gloss. In these cases, you can resort to liquids. But very carefully. After all, if a natural sheepskin coat gets very wet, it can be deformed.

Before using any liquid product, test it on a small area of ​​contamination.

If yellowness or white coating appears, it is better not to experiment and take the sheepskin coat to dry cleaning.

If you have a dark sheepskin coat, wet cleaning will consist of several stages.

  1. Mix water and ammonia in a ratio of 4: 1. Put the solution on a sponge and wring it out well. Barely with a damp sponge, treat the contamination.
  2. Then dilute 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a liter of water and walk over the surface of the sheepskin coat with this solution. The sponge should also be well wrung out. This will bring back the shine.
  3. After completing the procedure, blot the treated surface with a paper towel and leave to dry. Sheepskin coats, like fur coats, should not be dried with a hair dryer or near heating appliances.

A light sheepskin coat can be cleaned with milk and soda. Dilute a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of warm milk and gently rub it on the stain. Then apply vinegar diluted in water and dry with paper towels.

How to clean the fur of a sheepskin coat

The fur of natural sheepskin coats is looked after in the same way as for any other. How exactly this is done, Lifehacker has already told.

How to clean an artificial sheepskin coat

Artificial sheepskin coats have a fabric coating, and inside the fur is made of polyester or acrylic. You need to take care of such clothes as recommended by the manufacturer.

Carefully study the product label, and also search the Internet for cleaning methods specifically for your sheepskin coat brand.

Some artificial items are washable. You need to do this manually. Instead of powder, use a special detergent for artificial leather or a mild detergent.

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