How do you get your coat REALLY clean and looking crisp again for the next hunt (which is usually only two/three days away) without dropping a wad of dough at the cleaners? Any special secrets out there?
Last edited by gothedistance; Feb. 20, 2008 at 08:19 AM.
I read somewhere that the proper care of a hunt coat is to brush it off with a stiff brush as needed during the season, as recommended by others here. Then, at the end of each season, dunk it in a water trough and hang it up to dry.
I use a stiff clothes brush for the mud, etc. I have been using the DRYEL home dry cleaning kit to freshen my coats up. It works well on getting the dust out. I usually only have my coats professionally cleaned at the end of the hunt season. I used to always take the buttons off for dry cleaning but my cleaners told me last time that if I'd crunch aluminum foil around the buttons, removing them wasn't necessary.
1. Let coat dry for a few days- laugh & have a beer
2. stiff brush off mud- laugh, have a beer, don't breathe the dust
3. dab off green slime/slobbers w/wet cloth- laugh, have beer
4. let coat dry for a few days- drink beer while waiting, wear other coat
5. vacuum it well (actually I like doing the damp towel wipe down also; you know....(like you'd damp towel a horse in winter, I mean, wool is actually an animal hair right!?) whilst drinking a beer.
6. hang it up; resolve to never hunt again in the rain/mud; laugh & have a beer
7. my particular method is to do all above on the morning of the next time you're hunting; I mean, why be prepared!? By the end of the season; your coat will be brown! Wear it with pride!!
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I de-spot first with a damp wash cloth, and let it dry. Then, into the dryer on 'air only' with a sheet of fabric softener for ten minutes or so. Warning, this can be hard on bone buttons, so if need be, cover the buttons for protection.
For fabric coats - you can't beat those Dryel sheets. I've used them on show coats and street clothes to clean them in between dry cleanings. You just brush the major dirt off and then toss the coat in the dryer with that dry cleaning sheet thingy.