Dos and don’ts of washing a Drizabone jacket
Always refer to the specific care instructions provided by Driza-Bone for your particular garment, as they may contain additional guidelines for washing and maintenance.
Spot clean and brush off dirt
Before washing the garment, start by spot cleaning it. Use a brush to remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the coat. This step helps to prepare the garment for a more thorough cleaning.
Hand wash in cold water
Fill a basin or sink with cold water. Submerge the Driza-Bone garment and gently agitate it to allow the water to penetrate the fabric. Use a mild oilskin/wool detergent or a pure soap recommended by Driza-Bone. Avoid using detergent or hot water, as they can remove the oil and wax that provide weatherproofing.
Rinse thoroughly and remove soap residue
After washing, rinse the garment thoroughly with clean water. Ensure that all soap residue is removed. You can hang the coat outside on a clothesline and hose it down to help with rinsing.
Air dry in a well-ventilated area
Hang the washed garment in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or artificial heat sources. Allow it to air dry completely. Avoid using radiators or exposing the coat to flames, as they can damage the fabric.
Reproof the garment
Once the coat is completely dry, it will require reproofing to restore its weatherproofing qualities. Follow the instructions provided by Driza-Bone for using their Reproofer Wax. Apply the wax evenly, paying special attention to vulnerable areas such as shoulders, neck seams, pockets, and creases. After reproofing, hang the coat in the sun on a warm day or use a hairdryer on a low setting to evenly spread the heat over the coat and achieve a factory finish.
Can I machine wash my Driza-Bone coat?
No, it is not recommended to machine wash a Driza-Bone oilskin garment. Machine washing can damage the fabric and remove the oil and wax that provide weatherproofing. It’s best to hand wash the garment according to the care instructions.
Can I use regular detergent to wash my Driza-Bone coat?
No, regular detergent should not be used to wash a Driza-Bone oilskin garment. Detergents can strip away the oil and wax finish that gives the coat its weatherproofing qualities. Instead, use a mild oilskin/wool detergent or a pure soap recommended by Driza-Bone for hand washing.
How do I remove stains from my Driza-Bone coat?
For small stains, you can spot clean the area by brushing off dirt or sponging it down with cold water. For more stubborn stains, hand wash the garment in cold water using a mild oilskin/wool detergent or pure soap. Follow the care instructions provided by Driza-Bone for best results.
Can I dry clean my Driza-Bone oilskin coat?
No, it is not recommended to dry clean a Driza-Bone oilskin coat. Dry cleaning can affect the oil and wax finish, potentially compromising its weatherproofing qualities. Hand washing according to the care instructions is the preferred method for cleaning.
How often should I reproof my Driza-Bone coat?
The frequency of reproofing depends on the usage and conditions the coat is exposed to. As a general guideline, it is recommended to regularly check the garment for dryness and reproof on a monthly basis to maintain its weatherproofing. Reproofing is necessary when the garment starts to lose its water repellency. Follow the reproofing instructions provided by Driza-Bone for the best results.