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A guide to washing your fleece jacket

A guide to washing your fleece jacket

Most people have a fleece jacket in their wardrobe nowadays. You’ll want to keep your fleece clean to have it functioning the right way and feel comfortable in it. We’ve laid out a step-by-step guide for you to properly wash your fleece which will keep it in great condition for years to come.


First off, there are some terms you want to understand about fleece jackets.

Different types of fleece jackets: what is fleece exactly? You’ll have come across a microfleece, a polar (classic) fleece or a thermal fleece. A microfleece or polar fleece is mostly worn as a mid-layer or outer-layer in milder conditions and thermal fleeces function as a base layer during your outdoor trips.

Wash in moderation and use powder instead of soap: with using washing powder, the water-resistant qualities most fleeces have will uphold longer. Also, wash with moderation. you don’t have to wash your fleece after every use and read the care labels on the garment itself carefully before starting the washing.

Watch out for ‘pilling’: pilling occurs when you’ve worn your fleece for quite a while, or after heavy use. Preventing this can be done by washing the item carefully following the instructions on the garments care label once again. Moreover going over it with a fabric shaver could also fix it.

A step-by-step guide to washing a fleece jacket

1. Read the care label:

    Firstly, you need to read the care label on the product! This is the most important step, and therefore we’ve repeated this one a few times already. These care labels are specifically instructed to wash your garment to get the optimal result.

    2. Turn the jacket inside out:

      The main practice you can do to prevent pilling is turning your fleece inside out when you go wash it. Notably, when your fleece only has some stains on it you can let it soak in a small basin of water with powdered soap. Most of the time, that'll do the job before even considering using a washing machine.

      3. Use the lowest temperature your washing machine allows.

        This one speaks for itself. Washing at a low temperature will prevent damage or shrinkage to your fleece. Depending on what the care label advises, you’ll want to use the most delicate/hand wash setting on your washing machine when cleaning your fleece. When in doubt, use cold water to wash your fleece making sure it will stay in the right condition.

        4. Hang it out to dry.

          Instead of tumble drying, hang your fleece out to dry. similar to washing a shell jacket, a fleece dries relatively quickly due to the specific fabric it’s made from. Moreover, with hanging it out the fabric gets time to restore itself making it last longer over time.

          All in all, taking care of fleece jackets only consists of a couple, but specific steps you should follow. If you’re looking for a fleece jacket that’ll last you a long time, check out the men’s fleece jackets or women’s fleece jackets from Cortazu!

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