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Article: How to Care for Fleece

How to Care for Fleece

How to Care for Fleece

Henriette Steffensen Copenhagen and CARL by Steffensen have created functional and casual designs in fleece for more than 20 years. With the right care, these garments can last season after season.


A lot of people throw their clothes in the washer more than they need to, simply out of habit. Keep in mind that over washing your clothes wears them down, impacts your utility bills, and impacts the environment.

Assess your clothes after wearing them and determine if they really need a wash or not. If they have a small stain, they can be spot treated with a damp cloth and a drop of laundry detergent. If your clothes are wrinkly or out of shape, try shaking them and hanging them outside in the fresh air.

You can machine wash your fleece garment at your preferred wash cycle on a low temperature. Our fleece styles can be washed at up to 40° but we recommend that you wash at 30° max. We recommend using an eco-friendly laundry detergent and avoiding fabric softeners – the fleece will feel soft without it. Some fabric softeners have been linked with negative health and environmental impacts, so avoiding these is a benefit to you and our planet. If you do choose to use one, we recommend using eco-labeled and certified products. Read more here.


Tumble drying is harsh on your fleece garment and result in a shorter life cycle for your clothes. We recommend avoiding the dryer and hanging your clothes to dry instead. Hang shirts, sweaters, and cardigans on a hanger instead of a laundry rack to avoid wrinkles. If needed, you can steam your fleece item with a steamer.

When you avoid the dryer you save unnecessary wear on your clothes, a high utility bill, and negative impact on the environment.


Fleece material is quite stain-resistant, as the non-absorbent fabric will not soak up liquids that land on it easily. If you get a stain on your fleece item anyway, we recommend spot treating immediately, as waiting can make the stain harder to remove.

To treat a stain on fleece, use a damp cloth and a drop of laundry detergent. If the stain persist you can soak your fleece in water and a small amount of laundry detergent overnight and wash it on your normal wash cycle in the morning.

Read our in-depth guide to stain removal here.


If you accidentally tear a whole in your fleece garment, attempt to repair them instead of throwing them out. In many cases, tears can be sewn together seamlessly. The easiest way to repair a whole is to sew it from the inside of the garment with a thin needle and a regular sewing thread in a matching color – if you are going for a seamless look. Be careful not to tighten the thread too much, as this can cause the fabric to clump together. Instead, try sewing multiple times in the same spot to ensure a solid finish.

If you, for other reasons, do not get to wear your garment, we encourage you to donate it to a friend, family, or charity of your choice.

If you are interested in reading our other care guides, we have written both a jersey guide and a cotton guide.

Feel free to write us at if you have any questions about care or repair of your fleece clothes – we are happy to help!

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