Waterproof jackets 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 outerwear is recommended.
It is safe to wash a waterproof jacket in the washing machine, providing you use a specialist detergent and follow the care details on the garment.
If you need to reproof your waterproof clothing as well as washing, Mountain Warehouse Wash n Proof is for you.
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. To Reproof your waterproof jacket check out our waterproof jacket reproofing guide.
If you’ve washed your jacket and it’s still looking tired it may be time to replace it. Check out our range of waterproofs at the links below: