Spring is in the air and the days are noticeably getting longer. It’s a lovely time of year and the added stretch in the evening makes it a little easier to go for those walks that we all promised ourselves we would be doing in January. The blast of snow last week and earlier on in March reminds us that we really cant put away those padded jackets just yet. While most of us were shifting from foot to foot trying to keep warm while watching the parades over the weekend some were fortunate enough to have witnessed Irelands Grand Slam win in rugby at Twickenham.
Those quilted jackets and padded coats are the only things that make it possible to keep us going until (ahem) “the balmy nights of June” that we have in Ireland. Seriously though, it’s really worth keeping those quilted coats in good shape and making sure they are well looked after. We know they come in all shapes and sizes but they also come with different fillings. Really good quality quilted wear may have “Down and Feather” fillings but synthetic material can also be really good and nearly all the best brands have both.
It’s always a good idea that if you’re purchasing a new coat or jacket to make sure it is well quilted. Make sure you have vertical as well as horizontal quilt lines so that the filling material doesn’t all go to one area. It’s also best if those quilted areas are not too big so the material won’t shift. Make sure the jacket is well constructed and get it cleaned at least once a year. Most domestic washing machines and dryers won’t wash and dry quilted wear correctly and air drying won’t dry quilted fillings completely. Always read the care label and don’t forget we have professional equipment to look after quilted materials. Taking good care of your quilted garments can extend their life for years.