Here at Zee & Co we have a wide collection of high quality designer jackets and coats, crafted in a variety of different fabrics and styles. We want you to get the most out of your purchase, so in order to maintain and protect your outerwear, it is important that you know how to appropriately care for them.

Follow our care guide to ensure your garments stay in good knick. Remember to always check the label of your garment for exact care details.

Cotton

  • Cotton garments wrinkle easily, so to keep them looking tidy, use a hot iron to smooth out any creases. Use plenty of steam to remove any stubborn wrinkles.
  • To prevent your jacket losing any shape, hang it on a thick or padded hanger. Cotton fibres are ‘pre-shrunk’ and therefore it is usually safe to machine wash your cotton garments without risking them shrinking or changing shape.
  • For best results, machine wash cotton items on a warm wash, with a regular detergent.
  • When cotton is combined with other fibres, shrinking can occur in the drying process. To prevent this happening, hang your garment to try naturally.

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Wax Cotton

  • The wax treatment creates a highly effective wind and water resistant barrier on cotton, so in order to maintain the effectiveness of the wax it’s important that you care for and clear your jacket appropriately.
  • If you get a lot of wear out of your wax jacket, it may come to a time where it needs to be re-proofed. Uneven, shiny or dry areas are indications that your jacket may need to be re-proofed. You can use paraffin wax or soy wax to restore your jacket.
  • To do so, make sure that your jacket is clean and lay on a flat surface. Rub the wax into the jacket in circular motions, using a soft cloth and use a hairdryer to warm the wax onto the material. Hang the jacket to dry overnight and wipe any excess wax off with a clean cloth the next morning.
  • Regular washing will prevent your garment from wearing too quickly and can help to avoid any irremovable stains.
  • Hot water, machine washing and dry cleaning can all remove the waterproofing wax and oils.
  • In order to protect the wax finish, use a soft sponge or cloth to wipe your jacket down with cold water.

Denim

  • Denim needs to breathe, so try not give your jacket a bit of air and avoid hanging in an overcrowded wardrobe.
  • Excessive cleaning can cause the dye to fade , so it’s best to clean your denim jacket as little as possible, in order to preserve the colour and prevent shrinking.
  • If you have a stain on your jacket, try to avoid washing the whole garment and rather use a damp absorbent cloth to wipe the particular spot.
  • To remove any odours, try hanging to air outside. Hanging your jacket up in the bathroom when you have a shower is also effective, as the steam refreshes the garment.
  • To maintain the colour, we recommend that you wash your garments inside out on a cool wash.
  • For minimal fading, hand wash your jacket inside out in cold water, with a mild detergent.
  • Do not tumble dry, air dry flat.

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Leather

  • There are a number of “leather protector” sprays on the market that can help to preserve the jackets appearance and shine, by adding water resistance to the material.
  • Using a leather conditioner will restore and protect all leather surfaces and will prevent any cracking caused by dryness.
  • To avoid any misshaping, hang your jacket on a padded hanger to maintain defined shoulders.
  • The best way to clean grain leather is with a soft brush.
  • Leather polish can also be used to clean a small patch or bring a shine to your jacket, but has the potential to discolour, dry out, or clog the leather surface.

Wool

  • Wool coats don’t need to be cleaned very frequently, however storing and caring for garment will ensure that you get the most wear out of it and keep it in the best possible condition.
  • Hang woollen coats on a thick or padded hanger in order to maintain the structure and shape of the shoulders.
  • If the coat gets exceptionally wet for one reason or another, lie it down on a flat surface to avoid it from stretching out of shape.
  • Try to avoid direct heat , as it can damage and change the structure of the proteins in the wool, causing deformation of the garment.
  • We advise that you have your woollen coat cleaned professionally by a dry cleaner once or twice a year, rather than doing so yourself.
  • You can remove surface dirt from a wool coat by brushing with a stiff-bristled clothes brush.
  • If you spill something on your woollen coat, use a cloth to blot the stain. Rubbing can cause it to spread further and push it further into the material.

Synthetics – Nylon, Acrylic & Polyester

  • Synthetic materials include nylon, acrylic and polyester are ideal for creating water resistant clothing and are generally quite easy to care for, due to their non-absorbent nature.
  • When ironing synthetic materials, avoid doing so at a high temperature as it can damage the fabric.
  • Wash on a cool setting, with a standard detergent.
  • If you choose to use a tumble dryer, make sure that it is on its lowest setting. Some synthetics produce static and may permanently wrinkle in a hot dryer.
  • Fabric softener can help to reduce electricity and prevent a static on garments.
  • If you machine wash and dry a nylon jacket too frequently it can cause “piling”, which is the appearance of nubs on the fabric. To avoid this hand-wash and air dry when possible.

Duck down

  • In order to maintain maximum loft of your down jacket, we recommend that you clean it periodically, however try to limit this to around two times a year in order to prolong the life of your product.
  • If feasible we advise that you have your jacket professionally cleaned; however it is possible to wash it yourself if given special care.
  • Standard household detergents can damage the down, so it’s best to use a non-biological soap or a detergent specially designed for down products. Before adding your jacket to the washing machine, try to clean out any detergent build up.
  • Wash according to the care label on the garment, ideally on a gentle spin and one item at a time.
  • Down jackets should be tumble dried at a low heat, as leaving to air dry can create clumping. Add tennis balls to the dryer to beat the down fill into shape and the item out every so often and give it a shake to break up any clumps that might be forming.

Fur

  • Always store your fur garments in cold storage when you are not wearing them, as direct heat can cause the fur to change colour.
  • If your fur gets wet shake it out and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room.
  • Avoid wearing bag straps over the fur, as it can cause breakage.
  • If your jacket has a removable fur option, remove the fur before cleaning.