How to Keep Lint Off of Wool Coats


Susie asked: How do I clean lint off of black wool? My new black coat attracts every type of lint it comes near. I used lint rollers and pads, as well as a hand mitten by Woolite. When I go in different lightings, lint is still there. Any long lasting solution?

So you’ve purchased the classic wool coat, and have just discovered that you’ve purchased one high maintenance piece! The higher the wool content, the more likely that your coat will attract and hold onto every little piece of lint and hair that it comes in contact with. These items stick to the coat because there is static present. To remove the lint, we need to remove the static. Here’s how.

You Will Need:

  • Lint Rollers or Wide Tape
  • Anti-static spray (ex: Static Guard)
  • Dryer Sheets

Steps to Keep the Lint Away:

  1. The best way to keep the static away is with anti-static spray. These are available at nearly every store that sells laundry items and is easy to apply.
  2. Remove the lint from the surface with a lint roller or wide tape.
  3. Spray the surface with the anti-static spray and allow it to dry. Reapply as needed to keep the static away.
  4. If there is no anti-static spray available, rub the surface of the coat with a dryer sheet. These are designed to remove static and will help in the short term.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • The time that the static is kept away will depend largely on the type of coat and the level of use. Though some coats may need to be sprayed weekly, others may only require monthly sprays to keep the lint at bay.
  • Hand washing is the best method to keep the static down. Although it can be difficult and time consuming, it is well worth the time and effort to keep your coat looking its best and minimize the amount of lint that accumulates.
  • Though the above methods will greatly reduce the amount of lint, it may still be necessary to remove lint from time to time. Keep a lint roller handy (there’s even travel rollers that will fit inside of a purse or briefcase) for quick touch ups.


  1. Daphne says:

    To remove lint, I also used a hand held vacuum cleaner; I used a Dirt Devil. Patience, patience, patience.

  2. Christina says:

    I will take your advice and use the spray. Thank you!

  3. Chris says:

    Dryer sheets contain oil (which is why you should not use them to dry towels, as they coat the cotton fibers which may prohibit the maximum absorption of water). Rubbing dryer sheets on the wool clothing will leave that oil residue, which will disallow the static and thus repel the lint and animal fur! I also wonder if washing the wool with a shampoo like Pantene might also aid in this way. Pantene coats your hair with an oil so it seems that it would also work on a similar natural fiber like wool. I shall try. Do not use sticky lint rollers because those leave the stickiness upon the cloth, which then attracts more lint. Use a lint brush instead. Anti-static sprays sprayed upon the lint brush before using them will also aid you in your lint-free and fabulous journey of wool-wearing!

  4. Edee says:

    Chris says:

    “Do not use sticky lint rollers because those leave the stickiness upon the cloth, which then attracts more lint. ”

    Source? Otherwise it’s just your uninformed opinion.

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