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How to Wash a Ski Jacket

How to Wash a Ski Jacket

29.09.2014 | Ski How to Guides

You’ve worn your ski jacket for a season or two and it’s looking a bit grubby. Did you know that dirt and debris built up on your ski jacket can affect its ability to perform as it should? Washing your ski jacket periodically can help maintain its waterproof and breathable properties whilst keeping it clean. In this guide we will show you how to wash a ski jacket correctly to ensure it lasts season in season out.


Ski jackets are made from technical fabrics that should never be washed using ordinary detergent or fabric softener. The chemicals in detergent can break down the composition of the jackets fibres and strip the fabric of its waterproof coating. Always use a cleaner specifically designed for technical outwear.

Machine Washing

1.  Before washing do up all zips and close all flaps and tabs. Check there is nothing in the pockets.

2.  To ensure your washing machine is clear of any other detergents or fabric softener clean the detergent compartment of your washing machine. You may need to run the washing machine on a hot wash with nothing in it to clear any residue.

3. Pour the correct amount of the cleaner into the detergent compartment. For our Performance Cleaner this will be two caps full for one jacket and three caps full for two jackets.  Do not wash more than two garments at the same time and do not wash ski outerwear with other items. If using our Wash n’ Proof product you will need 60ml of cleaner per jacket.

4. Place your ski jacket into the drum of your washing machine.

5. Allow the washing machine to run through a complete wash and rinse cycle at approximately 30 degrees. (Always check the label of your jacket for exact care details.)

6. Once washed your ski jacket can be left to air dry or if the care instructions allow it can be tumble dried on a low to medium heat (permanent press setting).  Do not dry your ski jacket by hanging it over a heat source as this can damage the waterproof/breathable coating.


Hand Washing

1. Check there is nothing in the pockets of your jacket.

2. Fill a sink or bowl with cold water and mix with the appropriate amount of cleaner.

3. Rinse your ski jacket twice to ensure all cleaner is removed.

4. Gently squeeze the water from your jacket. Do not wring or twist it.