Does your hiking jacket seemed to have lost some of its original waterproofing quality over time? Don't panic, here is how to get it back to how it was!
Water-repellency is a fabric's ability to let water slide over its surface without seeping in. This way, your jacket does not soak up water and remains light and breathable. The water-repellent property is achieved with a treatment applied on the outside of the fabric. However, with wear, these properties may change.
Bram, our jacket product manager, explains how to wash your jacket to restore its water-repellent property and so stay dry in all weathers!
1. BEFORE WASHING
Close all zips and flaps and remove any parts of the item that can't be washed. Also remember to loosen straps and elasticated parts and empty the pockets.
Then turn it inside out for washing.
You can wash your jacket on a synthetic programme at 30° or 40°C with your standard detergent. Do not use softener which could damage the original qualities of the jacket; do not use bleach either.
To avoid any nasty surprises, do not mix with items of clothing which are different colours or made from different materials.
Try not to fold your jacket too much when placing in the washing machine and try not to overload the machine.
Very important: select a lengthy rinse cycle or rinse twice in order to completely remove all detergent residues.
The drying stage is essential to restore the water-repellent properties.
So I advise you to let your jacket dry completely in the open air flat on a clothes rack. Warning: never dry your jacket directly on a radiator.
Then put it in a dryer on a synthetic programme for a short time, that is to say from 10 to 15 minutes, before putting it back the right way round. Please note: it is important not to over-dry the garment.
If despite this washing and thorough rinsing operation followed by gentle tumble drying, water droplets no longer run off the surface of your jacket, we recommend ."re-waterproofing" it using a spray.