wikiHow to Clean a Raincoat

Two Methods:Soap and Water MethodVinegar Method

Raincoats do get dirty even though they spend a lot of time being subjected to water. Dirt, salt, pollution particles etc. build up on the raincoat over time, not to mention mud from kids jumping in puddles. Here are some suggestions for cleaning your raincoat.

Method 1
Soap and Water Method

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    Lay the raincoat out on a flat surface.
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    Scrub lightly with soap and water.
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    Rinse with clear water.
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    Do not wring. Place on a coat-hanger and hang out to dry.

Method 2
Vinegar Method

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    Pour some vinegar into a dish.
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    Dip a soft rag or sponge into the dish.
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    Put the raincoat on a table and rub the soiled parts lightly.
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    Do not wring. Place on a coat-hanger and hang out to dry.

Tips

  • Always read the care instructions to be sure that the method you are using is safe for the material. Gore-Tex™/similar fabric coats should be cleaned according to instructions; usually they require specialized cleaning solutions.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap suitable for washing
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Coat-hanger
  • Cloth for dabbing vinegar

Sources and Citations

  • Sourced from Fowler's Household Helps, available in the public domain via Project Gutenberg. The eBook used for the source of this article is available for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

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Categories: Laundry