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How to care for your Barbour® jacket

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We field hundreds of emails and calls every year from customers that are wondering how to take care of their Barbour Wax Cotton Jacket. This includes jackets like the Beaufort, Bedale, Border, and many more.

First and foremost, the wax jackets MAY NOT  be taken to a traditional cleaners. Do not dry-clean or launder (machine wash) the coats as that would ruin the finish of the jacket to the point where reapplying wax would no longer be effective. So, with that said, how do you clean or take care of a jacket? To clean your Barbour jacket, you should only use ice cold water and a sponge. Absolutely no detergents, of any kind, should be used. Once you remove all the dirt that you can, evaluate the jacket to see if it needs to be rewaxed. If you wear your jacket on a daily basis, you may need to rewax every year to keep the fabric from tearing in stress spots.The need to rewax can be determined by looking at the jacket to locate any worn looking areas. This is usually first spotted in the elbows and shoulders. Look for lighter color areas or lines that look like stress areas.

 If you spot these wear spots, and usually this occurs with regular use after a couple of years, you can send the coat to Barbour US in New Hampshire for reproofing or you can buy a tin of wax and do it yourself. The wax is called Barbour Thornproof Dressing. Taking care of your jacket will extend its life as well as keeping it waterproof.

Rewaxing a jacket is really quite easy to do. It takes about an hour per jacket and involves heating the wax container in a pot of hot water and rubbing the wax in a circular pattern into the coat using a soft cloth (old t-shirt works well). Wearing rubber gloves is a good idea too. You will want to heat the wax until it turns to a clear liquid, making it very easy to apply to the jacket.

There is a full set of directions on our Thornproof Wax Dressing page.

If you don't want to try this yourself, you can send the jacket to Barbour for reproofing. They can also fix rips and tears: ask for a quote!

Send it to:
Barbour USA 55 Meadowbrook Lane, Milford NH 03055
Attn: Reproof Department  (800) 338-3474

There will be a charge for this service as well as your shipping costs. It generally will take a few weeks (or more) depending on the time of year.

This is a link to the directions on how to send it to them on their site: Repairs & Reproofing.
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