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Wash or Dry Clean a Burberry Trench Coat?

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By LittleMy17

My Laundry Question

I have a 2009 Burberry trench coat that is 51% cotton and 49% polyester. It is the traditional, full-length trench in khaki color with the Nova Check lining sewn to the shell; no lining in between. The sleeves are lined in poly-satin. NOT from the Prorsum line, it is just a regular trench with the extra button-out "winter" lining that I always leave out.

I want to wash it in my HE front load washer with a bio, natural laundry soap on cold and hang it to dry. The coat is labeled "Do not wash". Is there any reason why I can't...it's just poly-cotton!? Could I ScotchGuard it when dry if water-repellancy is the issue?

Share a Little Background Info

I am always getting little food stains and little spills on it, and would like to have a fresh, clean coat regularly, and not have to always be taking it into the dry cleaners. The food stains are generally oil-based and are from eating in my car and dropping french fries, catchup, sour cream, etc (I'm in my car all the time).

Lessons Learned

  • I have not tried to clean the coat myself other than using a Tide stick on the stains which has worked, but it doesn't address the day-to-day living dingy dirt. I have had it professionally dry cleaned.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

51% cotton, 49% polyester

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I have an article that will help you decide whether to wash or dry clean. If you decide to wash the coat, be prepared for it to lose its shape and crispness due to the interlinings that give it its structure.

Good luck!

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