We often get cold feet when washing our precious waterproof and DWR (durable water repellent) gear. We all fear the waterproofing will degrade quicker and so it’s better to not wash them - right?
The truth is that all the dirt and oils that accumulate can hinder the breathability and performance of our gear. And so, we must wash away all the nasty gunk that amasses from our adventures to get as much wear as possible.
So, you may ask, how can I keep holding on to that jacket for as long as I possibly can? Don’t fret! We’ve you covered with these (not-at-all fear-inducing) instructions.
Start by closing all zippers, pockets, cuffs, and flaps. Brush off any visible dirt. Use a performance gear specialised wash such as the Grangers Performance Wash. Machine wash your gear at 30°C (86°F) on a standard cycle.
We recommend tumble drying on low heat to help reactivate the DWR but you may also hang your gear out to dry. Please always refer to the care label in your garments.
How can I tell if my gear needs reproofing? The one tell-tale sign is that water will no longer bead off the fabric but will be soaked up like a towel.
If you have found that your DWR coating has worn down, we recommend the Grangers Wash and Repel for a double combo of cleaning and reproofing.
If your gear has fleece or other fabric linings, we recommend the Grangers Performance Repel Spray on the outside after washing by spraying it on then leaving it to dry.
For the best result with washing, refer to the garment tags to check for care instructions. You can also refer to the Grangers bottles for details.
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