HOW TO CLEAN AND RE-WATERPROOF YOUR JACKET

08/09/17

HOW TO CLEAN AND RE-WATERPROOF YOUR JACKET

With the varied weather we've been having, now is the time to make sure your waterproof clothing is in peak condition ready to face the inevitable showers, so we thought we'd explain how to wash and re-waterproof your waterproof jackets and trousers, whether they're made using GORE-TEX, DryVent, Pertex Shield, or E-Vent.

All waterproof clothing is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) that makes water bead and roll off the fabric, but with use this eventually wears off.

The performance of technical waterproof outerwear is based upon its ability to repel water and allow moisture from within to escape. Once water begins to soak into the outer fabric of a jacket or waterproof trousers, it loses this quality. While the inner membrane will still ensure the garment is waterproof, it won't be able to let sweat escape, meaning you'll get damp inside anyway – you're essentially wearing a plastic bag.

Fear not though - you can easily easily clean and restore your clothing's waterproofing at home using a technical wash such as Granger's or Nikwax.

Do not use standard detergent/conditioner as this will harm the garment's performance. View our Clothing Care range here.

How to use Grangers

Cleaning and Reproofing with Grangers

Products Needed: Granger's Wash + Repel, or Granger's Performance Wash and Granger's Performance Repel

1. Ensure there are no detergent or fabric conditioner residues in your washing machine by cleaning out the trays and letting it run empty on a rinse setting.

2. Gently rinse off any thick dirt from your garment by hand, then do up all zips and Velcro before putting it in the machine.

3. Your choice of technical wash depends on whether you have a tumble drier or not.

  • If you have a tumble drier, you can use Clothing Wash + Repel (you'll need the drier to activate the re-proofing).
  • If you do not have a tumble drier, use Performance Wash.

4. Using the required amount depending on how many garments you're washing, put the Granger's in your tray and pop the washing machine on a 30° cycle.

  • If you used Clothing Wash + Repel, tumble dry the garment on a medium heat, with an extra 15 minutes to activate the waterproof coating.
  • If you used Performance Wash, spray your clothing with an even layer of Performance Repel while the garment is still damp and leave to air dry.

5. Battle mother nature.

Cleaning and Reproofing with Nikwax

How to use Nikwax

Products Needed: Nikwax TX Tech Wash, Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-in or Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On

1. Ensure there are no detergent or fabric conditioner residues in your washing machine by cleaning out the trays and letting it run empty on a rinse setting.

2. Gently rinse off any thick dirt from your garment by hand, then do up all zips and Velcro before putting it in the machine.

3. Using the required amount depending on how many garments you're washing (Nikwax recommend no more than two), put the TX Tech Wash in your tray and pop the washing machine on a 30° cycle.

4.

  • If you're using TX.Direct Wash-In, leave the garment in the washing machine, add the TX Direct to the washing machine tray and run on another 30° cycle.
  • If you're using TX.Direct Spray-On, take the freshly cleaned garment while still wet, and lay out on a flat surface. Spray an even coat from 15cm away, dabbing away any excess with a damp cloth.

5. Allow to air dry or tumble dry on a low heat if your product label allows.

6. Battle mother nature.

 


 

About the Author:

Mike Humphreys - Online Content

Mike is a keen cyclist, snowboarder, trail runner and walker. He has travelled extensively, spending a year living out of a van in New Zealand before joining Ellis Brigham four years ago. Can usually be found walking his dog or tortoise.