I got a quilted bomber jacket from Amazon. It was mentioned "Care Instructions: Machine Wash" on product page. But later I found out a label inside jacket which says "(P) Dry Clean Only". (So I assume Machine Wash specification was incorrect. Amazon customer care also said so).
It's not a reputed branded or very good quality. It's a cheap and 'okay' jacket. Here are main specifications and photo:
So it's basically polyester. We don't have good dry cleaners nearby. They can't be trusted as it's a small town. Not even sure if they would follow dry clean guidelines.
On a separate note, it's a cheap budget jacket. IMO definitely not targeted to customers who can afford better branded / quality clothes. So it makes me wonder a little why no machine wash option is given because in my country, machine wash is more common and affordable. If I went for dry cleaning anyway, within 3-4 dry cleaning services, I would pay the total amount it actually costed to buy this jacket.
Interestingly, my mom actually washed it (gentle hand wash with mild detergent) because I tend to wash new bought clothes. I realized it later only that it has mentioned Dry Clean Only. I personally don't think it changed anything with jacket after wash. Maybe tiny bit more wrinkles. But I'm not sure how repeated washes (say 5-6 washes in winter seasons) would affect it.
Would it be okay to gently wash such a jacket - like hand wash or machine wash with some gentle detergent? Or are there any other way to wash it so I don't need to worry about dry clean?