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How to Wash a Carhartt Jacket

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A guide to washing Carharrt jackets.

A guide to washing Carharrt jackets.

Washing Your Carharrt Jacket and Coat

Carharrt jackets are very much loved by workmen for the longevity, comfort, and overall warmth that they offer. Carharrt has built up a sound reputation for being the go-to brand for all things workwear and work outerwear. So when it comes to washing them, you want to ensure that you’re doing so in a way that protects them but also actually comes out clean.

We are going to go over a special set of cleaning instructions that can help maintain the properties of the Carharrt jacket. Now, there is always the option of dry cleaning and letting the professionals take care of it, but if you’re looking to save that cost and overall inconvenience, you can carry out a solid clean and make sure that it's ready for future use for many years to come.

Before we start, we should look to Carhartt themselves and specifically what are they advising. They are pretty brief on their website. For their jackets they recommend the following:

“Wash warm, do not bleach, and tumble dry medium. Remove promptly.”

Now you should get more information on the label itself on how you can go about washing and cleaning the jacket itself. See from the video above how Mr Bald goes about washing his jacket specifically to achieve the more faded and worn-in look.

Instructions for Washing

So if we break that down, it’s pretty simple to follow. Ensure that the Carharrt jacket gets a decent warm wash from the washing machine. Make sure not to add bleach to remove stains. Then when it comes to drying, you can use a tumble dryer but at a medium setting. Then to remove the Carharrt jacket soon afterward.

Check the Label First

We recommend that you look at the Carharrt jacket label specifically for further information in regards to the washing machine setting specifically. Now, let’s go over the following steps that I personally wash my jacket at.

The very first step is to check the label of the individual jacket itself and follow the instructions. If the jacket is telling you something different from this article, then follow the instructions of the jacket. It will tell you about what you can and can’t use and what setting to wash it at. This is the main advice for those who can’t read or understand the label, but even then we would recommend reaching out to them.

Step 1: Find Bleach-Free Detergent

Firstly, pick up some washing detergent specifically without bleach. As Carhartt mentioned above, although it’s great for stain removal, it can potentially break down the actual fibers. Ideally, you opt for a more mild and gentle-based detergent.

Step 2: Set the Washing Machine to Less than 70 Degrees Celsius

Second, set your washing machine up for a mild to moderate water temperature that is still warm. Generally speaking, you want it to be below 70 degrees celsius when getting washed. If you’re throwing other clothes in there as well make sure that it is not overloaded. Perhaps an extra couple of coats, depending on your washing machine.

Step 3: Add the Detergent (Avoid Fabric Softeners)

Third, add the detergent that is described above. Don’t add any fabric softener at this stage.

Why Should I Avoid Softeners?

When it comes to using softeners as well as other such cleaning and washing products, we would try to avoid the use of these as they can sometimes impact the overall appearance, due to them creating a waxy type coating that can make it a bit more flammable as well as the performance of the jackets. (Especially so for those who are actively relying on these jackets to offer them some sort of protection.)

It goes without saying, but the same applies to whether you get any sort of fats such as animal fat on the coat or anything that is particularly flammable.

Step 4: Start the Washing Machine

Fourth, start to run the washing machine as you would normally and leave it to get cleaned. Might be good to give a quick one eye on it halfway through to see how it is getting on. Give an ear out too to see if there is anything that has come loose. Before you actually start the wash, make sure there isn't anything hiding in the pockets that can come loose during the wash such as change etc.

Step 5: Once Finished, Put the Dryer On

Fifth, now after the washing machine has finished it should let you know what’s happened, and then you can move onto the dryer step. Again, make sure to follow the instructions on the label with regard to the dryer. However, you should put this into light to normal ‘low or low-medium’ tumble dry.

Step 6: Enjoy and Care for Your Clean Jacket

You’re now finished and ready to go. It should be dry but if it is a bit crinkled, feel free to iron, if the label allows it and the end result should have your jacket looking good, clean, and ready to go.

Plus, also remember that although Carharrt does have a reputation for long-lasting and enduring clothing for workwear, after a while they do break down eventually, so make sure to replace it when you can actively see it is deteriorating and is in need of being replaced.

Of course, if you are unsure on whether you can wash it the way you are planning on, then be sure to reach out to them (even if it is just to double-check) and then they can advise you specifically. However, often there is enough information on the product label itself that you should follow when washing these Carharrt jackets and coats themselves.

Now be sure to reach out to us specifically if you have any questions and we will be more than happy to help you further with any questions that you may have when it comes to washing your Carharrt jacket and cleaning it. If you do have any experience yourself as well as any tips that you might want to share when it comes to washing and stain removal, then please do not hesitate to let us know down in the comments section below. We definitely would love to hear from you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Carlyn Hayes