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Have you ever owned a light-colored parka?

Asked by SadieMartinPaul (8997points) January 20th, 2013

A couple of years ago, I bought a light-blue winter parka. The jacket looks nice, fits well, and keeps me very warm, but it’s always filthy! The collar gets soiled by makeup. The cuffs and zipper placket usually look grungy, sort of like a dustrag after a thorough trip over the furniture. I need to launder this thing at least once a week.

The quality is excellent, and the parka was very expensive so, no, I can’t simply discard and replace it. I just need to live with it.

Lesson learned—don’t buy a light-colored, nylon jacket!

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dxs's avatar

I don’t think I’ve ever even owned a parka. But a white sweatshirt I once bought got dirty really easily that I ended up making it the “crappy sweatshirt” I wear when I’m doing something that will get me dirty.

Coloma's avatar

Toss a little bleach in the wash with hot water and let it soak for 20 minutes and it will be noticeably cleaner.
Bleach won’t hurt nylon.
Yes, I do have a light colored parka and he is my avatar. His light color gets a daily wash, but his down stays intact.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I just laundered it in the normal way, and of course it stayed dirty. I took the still-wet parka and rubbed every grubby spot with a bar of Fels Naptha soap. Maybe this will work? I’ll soon find out.

dxs's avatar

“Lesson learned—don’t buy a light-colored, nylon jacket!”

Lesson learned—don’t buy an expensive light-colored, nylon jacket!

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augustlan's avatar

For some reason, I’ve almost always purchased dark green coats. I wanted a change last time around, so I bought a mid-tone blue Squall Jacket from Lands End. Yep, always looks dirty and too expensive to ditch. Live and learn!

gailcalled's avatar

Never. I have had a black one for years and throw it in the washing machine from time to time.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Well, the Fels Naptha soap worked fairly well. The jacket’s now about 99% clean, and I wore it today. Of course, I know that it’ll look filthy by next week…

@dxs I, too, once bought a lovely, gleaming white sweatshirt. The neckband and cuffs were perpetually dirty. I was actually relieved when the thing landed in a mud puddle, could never be cleaned, and had to be discarded. Maybe there’s a reason why white sweatshirts aren’t very popular?

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