Just bought an old Varsity jacket that needs a lil clean up? You've come to the right blog post. We've cleaned more jackets than you've ever seen...maybe.
Most Varsity jackets have a wool base with leather arms. If this is the case with yours, simply follow the steps below:
1. Use a lint roller to remove any loose hair or fuzz balls. If you don't have one at home they can usually be bought at your nearest convenience store.
2. Remove all remaining fuzz balls with a fuzz remover. You can also use a razor but be careful so you don't shave off the fabric too deep.
3. Mix medium-warm water and some soap in a can. Make sure to mix it around enough so you get foam, that's what you're going to use. Get yourself a sponge and a dry towel. Scrub the stains with the foam-filled sponge and quickly wipe it off with the towel afterward. This goes for both sleeves and "body" of the varsity jacket.
4. If the sleeves are stiff you can iron them carefully with a pillowcase in between. So never put the iron directly towards the sleeve, as it may damage the leather.
5. Your Varsity jacket may now be a little wet. Put it on a hanger and hang it outside. Most really old Varsity jackets do smell like an old basement. So let the jacket hang outside for about a day or two.
6. If steps 1-5 won't help your case, throw the jacket in your washing machine at a low temperature (or a wool program if possible). Let it dry outside for a day or two when done. Should work, I've done it multiple times without any real consequences.