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How to Wash or Clean Fleece


Fleece is a warm, comfortable, and water-resistant fabric that is a staple in many closets during cold-weather months. Learning how to wash fleece and keep it clean is key to keeping your fleece items looking pristine. Natural fleece is harvested from a wool-bearing animal, usually sheep. Synthetic fleece, on the other hand, is made from fabrics such as polyester. Given how common and functional it is, people wear this fabric often, so we frequently get asked what the best way to care for fleece is.

If you’ve ever wondered how to wash fleece and how to make your fleece look new again, continue reading below.

How to Wash Fleece

It is important to know how to wash fleece properly, in order to keep fleece blankets, jackets, or other items soft and looking like new. The good news is that fleece clothing and other items are durable, so it is generally safe to wash in a washing machine. Just follow these three simple steps to clean your fleece items. 

  1. Spot-treat any visible stains with stain-removing treatment
  2. Turn your items inside-out and wash your fleece items on the gentle cycle using cold water.
  3. If you choose to dry your garment, set your dryer to its lowest setting and remove the item promptly once the cycle is finished. Remove promptly.

Note: You can also hand wash your fleece items using mild detergent and cold water.

Tips on How to Clean & Care for Fleece

While fleece is generally durable and easy to care for, there are some things to keep in mind when you wash and clean fleece items such as jackets or blankets so that you don’t cause damage.

  • Fabric softener and fleece should NEVER go together. When washing fleece, avoid using fabric softeners and bleach on your fleece items to ensure they last.
  • Fleece is much more susceptible to pilling it is exposed to heat. It’s important to never iron your fleece or expose it to a hot dryer or a hot water cycle while washing.

If you’d rather have a professional dry cleaner handle your fleece and other clothing items, trust in Mulberrys Garment Care! Learn more about our dry and wet cleaning services.