When treated with care, a high-quality sheepskin coat will provide years of enjoyment. Here are a few tips to help you maximize the longevity and beauty of your coat.

 

STORAGE

To preserve the shape of your coat, use a large, curved hanger with broad ends when hanging, storing, or drying it. Always store your coat in a breathable garment bag made of cotton or woven fabric. Plastic dry-cleaning bags and PEVA or vinyl bags do not allow air to circulate, which can cause discoloration and damage the integrity of your coat.

Be sure to hang your coat away from direct light sources of all kinds in order to avoid fading.

DRYING

While sheepskin can be worn in the rain or snow, it’s best not to fully saturate it with moisture. If your coat gets wet, just shake off the excess water or snow, blot dry with a clean towel, and hang your coat to dry at room temperature, making sure to avoid any direct heat sources.

Do not vigorously rub your sheepskin coat, as that will force the moisture deep into the leather and damage the garment.

After your coat is thoroughly dry, use a suede brush to brush the nap of your coat’s exterior—unless it has a nappa finish, in which case it’s best to just rub the coat lightly with a soft towel. You can fluff the inside wool lightly with a wire brush.

CLEANING

 

To clean up small spills on your sheepskin coat, wipe with a damp cloth, and gently pluck any debris or dirt stains from the suede with tweezers. You can also use a scouring pad to lightly rejuvenate the suede and remove dirt marks at the same time.

To treat liquid spots on your sheepskin coat from grease, drinks, etc., sprinkle a layer of corn starch directly onto the spot and let it sit for a day or two (the bigger the stain, the longer you should let the corn starch sit). When you’re ready, dust off the corn starch and brush the nap of the suede with a suede brush. If your coat has a nappa finish, do not use a suede brush; rather, rub lightly with a soft towel.

We do not suggest having your sheepskin coat dry cleaned, as it can remove the garment’s natural oils. In case of extreme soiling or stains, contact a leather and sheepskin specialty cleaner.

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