Time to Clean Your Trench Coat
If you have a trench coat, as many of us do, it's a good time to bring it in for a professional cleaning! Here's advice from the original inventor of the trench coat, Burberry.
Burberry initially created its iconic trench coat for British soldiers in World War I. Since then, it has spawned countless imitators. Contemporary Burberry trenches consist of cotton material or a cotton and polyester blend. Burberry waterproofs most of its trenches, which makes the garment resistant to many stains and liquids that could potentially damage it. Nevertheless, owners should still exhibit precautionary measures to care for their trench to keep it in clean, wearable condition.
Items you will need
Acid-free tissue paper
Garment storage box
Store the coat on a wide hanger. A large thick hanger evenly distributes the trench's weight so hanging it doesn't stretch the bers in the shoulder area. Keep the jacket buttoned, but not tied or cinched at the waist while it's hanging. Fastening the buttons keeps the garment positioned correctly on the hanger. Tying or cinching the belt only pulls the bers unnecessarily.
Wrap the jacket in tissue, and store it in a garment box during the o season. If you go months without wearing the coat, store it. Wrap it in acid- free tissue paper. Place it in a structured box in which the other packed materials cannot pull or rub against it.
Blot any standing water on the surface of the coat with a washcloth. A "Good Housekeeping" multi-
brand test of trench coat quality showed that Burberry trenches are water resistant, but may develop small water spots if water sits on the surface for more than several minutes. Blot a washcloth on the trench after you get in from rain or snow.
Take your trench to a trusted dry cleaner when it needs cleaning. Use a cleaner you trust or
who you can verify it has an established, successful history with Burberry products.
[If you have a real Burberry], contact Burberry Customer Service to discuss maintenance strategies for your garment. Burberry encourages anyone who owns its products to discuss care with a knowledgeable Burberry specialist.
"Good Housekeeping"; Designer Raincoats for Ladies; Burberry Double Breasted Trench Coat
Burberry; Customer Service; How Do I Maintain My Burberry Products?
Burberry: Contact Us StyleList;
History of the Burberry Trench Coat; Ann Metz; September 2006
About the Author
Grace Riley has been a writer and photographer since 2005, with work appearing in magazines and
newspapers such as the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She has also worked as a school teacher and in public relations and polling analysis for political campaigns. Riley holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies, political science and history, all from the University of Arkansas.