Help! It's my walking-the-dog-on-the-beach-coat, and it's rank!
There is furry mould on the outside, which I've tried to sponge off, but it's on the lining too, and smells horrible. I know you're not supposed to put them in the washing machine, but would a cool wash really ruin it? Can I hand wash it, and then re-wax it, or would that kill it too?
I can't afford to buy a new one, and it's the best coat for keeping the wind and rain out in this filthy weather.
My Barbour jacket was very smelly and moldy. I soaked it in water with a touch of Zoflora disinfectant in the water. It took two days to dry out completely on the washing line, turning out the pockets and sleeves etc. I then bought Barbour wax thornproof dressing from the Internet. The tin is out into boiling water to melt. Use a sponge to rub into your jacket and dry with a hair drier. This melts the wax into the jacket and dries it. I then put it on a coat hanger on the washing line, luckily a very blowy day, to make sure it was dry. It now looks, feels and smells like a new jacket. Good luck.