Cleaning a coat that can't be washed or dry-cleaned: How?
February 22, 2010 11:33 AM Subscribe
How do I get a stench out of a coat that can't be washed or dry-cleaned?
posted by FlyingMonkey to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (21 answers total)
I have a heavy canvas coat, with lining and insulation of wool and polyester, respectively (and some nylon in the sleeves)---it's similar to this LL Bean Town & Field Coat
. Its care instructions expressly forbid machine washing, "spirit or chemical cleaners", and dry cleaning---It says all I can do is "sponge with cold water" and "use small brush to clean soil and stains."
At some point in Pittsburgh's long January warm-spell, i took it off, put it in the trunk of my car, and forgot about it for a couple weeks. Now it stinks, very strongly, of exhaust, to the point I can't wear it (and now that it's warming up again, I'd really like to...). How do I get the stench out if I can't wash it or have it cleaned? I don't think just water by itself is going to take care of this....