How to Wash Waterproof Clothing

Everyday dirt and residue can build up on the surface of your waterproof clothing, affecting the garments breathability and waterproofness. In this guide you will learn how to wash waterproof clothing for the best results.

Waterproof clothing should never be washed using ordinary detergent or fabric softener. The chemicals in detergent can break down the composition of the fibres with each wash and strip the fabric of its waterproof coating. A cleaner specifically designed for technical outwear is recommended. Try our Performance Cleaner, ideal for dirty waterproofs, or Wash n’ Proof, which will clean and reproof your garment in one.

2. Before washing brush off any loose mud or dirt. Do up any zips or velcro and close any flaps on jackets and trousers.

3. Make sure the detergent compartment of your washing machine is clean of any detergent or softener (for the reasons described above). You may also wish to run your washing machine on a hot wash with nothing in it to clear any residues from detergent or softeners.

4. Pour the appropriate amount of the cleaner into the detergent compartment. For the Performance Cleaner this will be two caps full for one jacket or pair of trousers and three caps full for two garments. For the Wash n’ Proof this will be 60ml per garment.

5. Place your waterproof garment/s in the drum. Do not wash your waterproof clothing with others items or more than two garments at a time.

6. Allow the washing machine to run through the complete wash and rinse cycle at 30 degrees. Remember to always check the label of your garment for exact care details.

7. After washing garment/s can be left to air dry or be tumble dried on a low or medium heat if garment care instructions allow.

If you notice that the fabric of your jacket or trousers is absorbing rather than repelling water you may also need to reproof your garment. You do not need to reproof each time you wash but it is recommended to reproof when necessary.

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