A Guide to Cleaning your Barbour Jacket

Whether you own a wax or a quilt jacket, at some point you will need to give some thought on how to clean it. But don’t worry, we’ll take the hassle out of this so you will know exactly what to do.

Cleaning your quilted jacket

Barbour quilts are very easy to clean, because many of the fabrics and materials used to make them are machine washable, or can be dry cleaned. For your own individual jacket it is always best to check the label as there are a number of different Barbour quilts, and each will have specific details relating to their washing temperatures and aftercare. The care label is often found in the inner security pocket if your jacket has one, or one of the main front pockets. Generally a low washing temperature with a non-biological detergent is always best, and then a very light tumble dry before hanging them in a warm place, such as an airing cupboard, to ensure the jacket is fully dry before you next wear it. Many people may prefer to hang them to dry straight after washing.

Cleaning and reproofing your wax jacket

Barbour waxed cotton cannot be washed in hot water, dry cleaned or machine washed as this will remove the waterproofing wax and oils which cannot be replaced. The only way to clean a wax jacket is to brush off any dirt, and then wipe it down using cold water only.

There will come a time when your Barbour wax jacket will need to be reproofed, however this will depend on how much you wear your jacket and the type of usage you get out of it. Barbour suggests you reproof periodically to maintain the effectiveness of the wax. You can have your wax jacket sent back to Barbour to be reproofed, which will cost about £30 for a jacket, and £39 for a jacket and a hood.

If you prefer, you can reproof your wax jacket yourself, using Barbour Wax Thornproof Dressing. Firstly make sure your jacket is at room temperature, rather than just grabbing it out of the car or a draughty room in your house. Next place a tin of the Wax Thornproof Dressing in a pan of hot water with the lid of the tin removed, and once the wax has softened use a soft cloth or sponge to work the wax well into the jacket. Barbour advises that you pay particular attention to the seams, creases and dry patches to ensure these remain fully proofed against the elements.

For an extra smooth finish it is advised that you use a hairdryer to blow over the jacket, to ensure the wax is evenly spread out.

Barbour repairs

Barbour’s repair service will also fix any rips and holes, will replace zips, repair linings, and fix frayed cuffs and edges on your wax jacket. The jacket will be sent to their factory in South Shields, where they will also do alterations. For more information on this, and the pricing, please visit the Barbour page here.  Alternatively the jacket can be sent off for an estimate first if you prefer.

One of the best things about a Barbour jacket is that, if you look after it, it will look after you for years to come.


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  1. Jo
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 16:50 | Permalink


    Please can tell me how to clean a Barbour cotton jacket? It’s not a waxed jacket but black has a cotton feel to it, I can’t remember the style but it is black ladies jacket brought 18months ago, I have sponged down but looks like it could do with a good wash as looks a little dull and faded! Please help!

    Kind regards
    Jo Newland

    • pmblogadm
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:49 | Permalink

      There should be cleaning instructions on the label of the jacket (this may be in a pocket) – if it’s not a wax jacket it should be machine washable or be able to be dry cleaned. If you no longer have the label in your jacket please feel free to call our Customer Service department on 01432 377089 who should be able to assist you further.

  2. Kat Evans
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 13:22 | Permalink

    I had a mission trying to clean my Barbour jacket tried getting in contact with Barbour, decided to shop online in the end.


  3. Lyn
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 14:41 | Permalink

    What is the best way to remove creases from a Barbour waxed jacket? Thanks

    • pmblogadm
      Posted October 22, 2013 at 15:17 | Permalink

      Hi Lyn

      Generally if you hang them up for an few days the weight of the wax will naturally cause creases to drop out. Otherwise try rewaxing the jacket, as the action of working in the wax will remove creases. Whatever you do don’t go near it with an iron!

  4. Simon
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 08:17 | Permalink

    I rewaxed my barbour jacket last night & found it was hard work
    Rubbing the melted wax in with a cloth as recommended especially
    Getting into all the nooks & crannies!
    I’m a furniture dealer & when waxing furniture I use a clean paint brush,
    So I thought I’d give it a go on the jacket!
    I cut the brush bristles down to make them short & stubby!
    It worked a treat & wiped of any excess wax with a clean dry cloth.
    But remember the wax must be melted clear!!

  5. Paul Jacobs
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 22:39 | Permalink

    If the inside starts to smell a bit how do I air it? Do I clean the inside?

    • pmblogadm
      Posted May 8, 2014 at 09:13 | Permalink

      Hi Paul, the best we can suggest is to damp sponge it with clean soapy water and maybe spray it with febreeze. Leave it to air out on the line, but not directly in the sun.
      Thank you.

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