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How to Wash a Padded Jacket

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Wash a Padded Jacket

The warmer weather is coming and we're all reaching for our jackets as we put our thick coats away until next winter. If you're looking for some suitable clothes for the milder weather and have found your padded jacket all stained and dirty, it's time to give it a wash. You might not have washed it beforehand, either because you found no need, or even because you didn't think it could be washed. However, as with almost any item of clothing, a padded jacket can also be washed following some simple steps. To find out how to properly do it, we recommend this OneHowTo article on how to wash a padded jacket.

You'll need:

  • Cold water.
  • Mild detergent.
  • Bathroom towels.
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Steps to follow:


Padded jackets, despite having padding that protects us from the cold, can be washed without any problem. Just follow the washing instructions on the label inside the clothing.

There is this notion that this type of clothing can only be dry cleaned; however, this isn't really the case because chemicals used in dry cleaning can cause the padding to deteriorate.


You can wash your jacket in the washing machine provided it is done well to avoid causing any damage to it. It is important that your washing machine is front loading. The agitator on top loading washing machines might ruin the item of clothing so it's best not to use it.

Above all, do not overdo the frequency at which you wash your garment; a few times a year is enough, unless it gets very dirty.

How to Wash a Padded Jacket - Step 2

To wash your padded jacket, close the zip and all the buttons it has. Now turn the jacket inside out and put it in the washing machine. You should use cold water, a gentle wash cycle and a mild detergent.

Use at least three complete rinse cycles to remove all soap residue.


The drying process of your padded jacket is very important. If there is moisture remaining, it can cause odours and lumps to form.

Therefore, it is best to put the jacket in the dryer for perfect drying. Do so on a low setting and add in some dry bath towel to absorb all moisture during the process.

When the drying process is complete, shake the garment and make sure it is perfectly dry; if it is still damp, put back in the dryer to avoid any matting or moisture.

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  • This kind of clothing should not be washed frequently as doing so will cause them to deteriorate quickly.
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