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Waterproof Care Guide

By Cotswold Outdoor
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A guide to maintaining your waterproof garment, ensuring years of quality performance.

Waterproof jackets use a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment, which protects the fabric allowing water to bead and roll off. This helps the jacket release body vapour effectively and improves breathability. This DWR treatment needs maintaining, follow these simple steps to revive your trusty waterproof jacket.

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CLEANING

It is a common misconception that washing a waterproof garment will damage it. Concerns of chucking a £350 jacket into a washing machine and dryer are understandable, but in reality, it is essential that you wash your waterproof jacket to maintain its performance.

Before washing check the care label on your jacket. Pop it into your washing machine or hand wash with the recommended amount of Nikwax Tech Wash or something similar.

1. PREP

Use a sponge or soft nylon brush to apply Nikwax Tech Wash or something similar to any stubborn stains.

2. WASH

Using a wash-in product like Nikwax Tech Wash in the washing machine gives a more even coverage.

 

Use non detergent cleaning agents as they don’t leave a hydrophilic (water attracting) residue on your garment.

3. DRY

Heat will re-activate the durable water repellent treatment. Tumble dry the garment on a low or no heat setting. If tumble drying is not recommended for your jacket, drip dry or place on a radiator on a low heat setting. You can use an iron if you do not own a tumble drier. Always check the care label.

REPROOFING

You may find that washing alone is not enough to revive the water repellence of your jacket. If this is the case, you need to re-proof your garment. It’s a simple process and essential if you want your jacket to last. How often you should re-proof your garment depends on how regularly you use it.

1. PREP

Make sure you have the right treatment for your jacket. Use Nikwax Softshell Proof for softshells and Nikwax TX Direct Wash-In for hardshells.

2. WASH

Always check your jackets label first. Machine or hand wash your garment with the chosen agent.

3. DRY

Heat will re-activate the durable water repellent treatment. Tumble dry the garment on a low or no heat setting. If tumble drying is not recommended for your jacket, drip dry or place on a radiator on a low heat setting. You can use an iron if you do not own a tumble drier. Always check the care label.

 

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