Varsity jackets have been around for ages and haven’t lost a bit of their popularity. They started as a sports uniform for student teams and turned into fashionable attire for men, women, teenagers, and children all over the world.
Do you have a varsity jacket? If not, you may want to consider one. If yes, you should find out how to care for it. Even if you don’t use the jacket to play a sport, it still needs special attention. Let’s take a closer look.
#1. Read The Label
A classic high school varsity jacket is made of wool with leather sleeves. However, today, a different variety of them exists. Some may be made from cotton. Other could contain synthetic materials.
The label should give you full information about the material and the way to clean them. We’ll look at the classic wool and leather jacket variety.
#2. Clean The Leather Sleeves
Leather requires a special approach to cleaning:
- Make a solution of five parts water and one part white vinegar. You can replace vinegar with baby shampoo or castile soap.
- Use a lint roller to remove as much lint and dirt from the surface as possible.
- Soak a rag in the solution and wring it.
- Wipe down each sleeve while pressing lightly. Make circular passes instead of pressing hard to deal with tough spots.
- Dip the clean rag in warm water and wipe down the sleeves.
- Dry the leather with a clean towel.
- Apply leather care products, such as conditioner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you need to get rid of a foul smell, after taking the above steps, put the jacket in a large box or basket and add a cup of baking soda. Leave it overnight.
#3. Maintain Leather Sleeves
Leather sleeves require a special approach to care. If you spill something on them, you have to wipe it off immediately. The longer the dirt stays on the leather, the harder, if not impossible, it will be to remove it.
The drier you keep the jacket the better. If it rains, try to seek cover. If the leather parts get wet, make sure to dry them with a towel as soon as possible. Use a leather conditioner on a regular basis to keep the leather in good condition.
Consider opting for professional cleaning services at least once a year in order for the jacket to last longer.
#4. Clean The Wool
The wool part of the jacket is more prone to dirt than the sleeves. However, cleaning it is not much harder. Unfortunately, you can’t put a varsity jacket in the washing machine due to the leather components. So you have to hand wash it.
If you need to remove a dirty spot, you can follow the instructions for the leather jacket (lint remover – vinegar solution – rinsing).
If the whole wool part is dirty, place the jacket into a sink full of hot water and add a few drops of detergent to it. Stir the jacket for a few minutes and remove it. Then repeat the same process in clean water for rinsing.
Allow the water to drain naturally and put the jacket on a clean towel to absorb excess moisture. Hang the jacket for air-drying.
#5. Maintain The Wool
Maintain the wool part of the jacket is easy. Simply, try to keep it clean. When the season for your jacket is over, clean it and store in a garment cover bag rather than letting it hang freely in your closet.
Cleaning and maintaining a varsity jacket is a bit tougher than simply throwing it into the laundry machine. If you aren’t sure you can get it right, ask for professional assistance.