Most wool coats are labeled dry clean only. Often the lining has padding to prevent stretching and these inner fabrics are not machine washable. If placed in water the material can dissolve or become misshapen. A wool coat is best cleaned by a dry-cleaning professional and not laundered on your own.
A waterproof jacket has a finish on the material to make it waterproof. When laundering this type of coat, it is best to use a delicate cycle and cold water with a gentle laundry detergent (specifically for delicate items.) Do not tumble dry these coats, air dry as the dryer can harm the waterproofing.
Leather jackets hold up reasonably well over time. Stains can usually be spot cleaned with a damp cloth. However, when washing the coat, it is best to follow the label for instruction. The lining may not be washable. Best bet is to find a cleaner that can clean leather items if you need a full cleaning for your coat.
Fleece is a popular winter item. Fleece is easy to care for, simply laundering the item in cold or warm water on the permanent-press cycle is the only direction to follow. Fleece jackets do best when they are air dried but can be tumble dried on low heat. However, it is best to remove the item from the dryer just before it dries completely and is still damp and finish the drying process by air drying.
Vinyl coats are also an easy-to-clean option for winter wear. Spot cleaning stains takes care of most issues. However, if you need to launder a vinyl coat use a gentle cycle with either warm or cold water. Air dry this coat, as dryer heat that is too hot can cause the jacket to melt.
Need some help with washing larger winter coats, Soap Opera Laundromats can help. With larger sized washers and dryers laundering your winter wear is a snap. Soap Opera Laundromats also has laundry service available; we can wash your items for you!