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how to care for garbardine


Gabardine fabric is a twill-weave fabric with diagonal lines. Very durable; the tight weave creates wrinkle and water resistance. Traditionally made of wool but can also be cotton, polyester, rayon, or lyocell.

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Wash according to the instructions below unless the fabric content/care label specifies “viscose” for viscose washing and “dry clean" for dry clean only.

If the composition is rayon or you are unsure, perform a water test.

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If your item is structured (such as a suit, gabadrine jacket, or gabardine dress) or unlaunderable (such as upholstery), please spot treat instead of washing.

To spot treat, wet the Wash & Stain Bar and gently work into the stained area(s).

Remove soap and dirt with a wet Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth—be sure to remove all soap. Dampen the cloth as needed, and repeat the process until satisfied.

Skip to the Dry & Finish step, and continue by steaming.

How to wash wool Pretreat
  • Whether hand or machine washing wool, always pretreat stains with Stain Solution (for color-rich stains) or the Wash & Stain Bar (for oil-based and makeup stains).
  • Stain Solution is ideal for protein and tannin stains, such as wine, coffee, ink, grass, urine, blood, and old, set-in stains such as pit stains.

    Use the Wash & Stain Bar for cleaning alpaca wool. It works the yarn to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.

    • To remove odors from wool, presoak the item for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.
    CMSPage Gabardine Handwash Handwash
    Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing gabardine.

    Dry-cleaning solvents and enzyme-containing detergents will degrade the yarns.

    Wool gabardine is sensitive to water temperature and agitation, and it can shrink if not treated properly.

    Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water. For silk or synthetic items, use Delicate Wash.

    Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.

    Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy.

    Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.

    If there is color in the water, don’t worry! It’s normal. The yarn is simply releasing excess dye, and you will not notice any loss of color after the wash is complete.
    CMSPage Gabardine Machine Wash Machine Wash

    Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag.

    Select the woolens or delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.

    Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine and load size. If the item is cotton, use Signature Detergent.

    Remove promptly from the washing machine to reduce creasing.

    CMSPage Gabardine Dry & Finish Dry & Finish

    Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. Do not put it in the dryer!

    Expedite drying by laying the item flat on a clean towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove excess water.

    When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can yellow, shrink, or damage woolens.

    Never hang wet woolens.

    To remove wrinkles, we recommend steaming for the best and safest finish; otherwise, iron on the low temperature setting or steam by hovering the iron over the item.

    To freshen between wearings, spritz with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. This nontoxic and allergen-free fabric spray naturally repels bugs and moths.

    For cotton or synthetic items, use Fabric Fresh Classic.

    CMSPage Gabardine Store Store

    Woven jackets and suits can be stored using a solid structured hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.

    Gabardine can be susceptible to insect damage. Always store items clean to avoid inadvertently providing a “food source” for bugs.

    Prevent bug and moth infestation by storing in a breathable cotton Storage Bag with a zip closure.

    Storing in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, a prime environment for bugs.

    All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.

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