How to clean your shearling jacket or coat

First of all, shearling – like wool – is naturally anti-microbial and doesn’t get dirty easily. Therefore it won’t need to be cleaned very often.

It’s easy to care for your shearling garments at home when you know how. Generally, you should treat shearling the same as you might leather but without the wax.

Spot cleaning will stop your shearling from getting really dirty and should eliminate any need for dry cleaning. We recommend you brush off any dirt with a suede stone or brush. You can brush shearling like you would suede and for curly shearling, using a comb or a pet brush.

Any stains should be cleaned by hand using a wet cloth with soap only if required. Any excess moisture should be soaked up with a dry cloth before leaving to dry at room temperature.

Dry cleaning your shearling isn’t usually necessary but if you decide to, you should choose a service that specialises in caring for leather. Try to only dry clean your shearling when it’s heavily soiled and make sure to pick somewhere that uses less environmentally harmful solvents.

As shearling jackets and coats are winter garments, we understand they might get wet in the rain or snow. If this happens, you should let your shearling dry at room temperature away from any heat sources because the heat may cause the leather to shrink and might ruin your garment. If your jacket or coat gets really wet, roll in in a towel to absorb as much liquid as possible first.

How to store shearling

You might want to store your shearling coats and jackets away during the warmer months, so there are a few things you should consider.

As shearling is sensitive to water, we suggest that you store your garments in paper or cardboard instead of plastic to avoid the build-up of mildew. Shearling is not damaged by any insects (such as moths) and if you choose to hang your garments, you should choose a sturdy hanger.