How to Take Care of your Waterproof Breathable Jacket


Taking care of your waterproof garment can
mean the difference between staying dry and getting soaked. If you spray your garment and see water beading,
then you’re good to go. If the garment is wetting out, we have some
great recommendations to get you back up to speed. A few simple steps and you’ll be staying
dry again. Before we start, it’s important to refer
to the manufacturers instructions as directions may vary on specific products. Do not use fabric softeners or bleach, and
do not dry clean. It’s a good idea to rinse the detergent
tray to remove unwanted liquids. Close all zips and Velcro tabs before putting
the garment in the washing machine. This helps prevent snagging and tears. It’s best to use a detergent that has been
specifically designed to clean waterproof breathable garments. Use a small amount of detergent on a warm
wash, with a low spin cycle. It’s important to rinse twice to ensure the
garment is detergent free. Finally, either tumble dry on medium heat,
or hang to dry in the shade to save energy. Once dry, throw your garment in the machine
on warm for an additional 20 minutes. The heat can realign the water repellent finish
molecules to increase surface tension or reactivate the optimum water repellency. Now is a good time to run one more spray test
to see if water repellency has returned. If not then you may need to re-proof with
a spray or wash-in treatment. Whichever you choose, carefully follow the manufacturers
instructions. If you take care of your waterproofs they’ll
take care of you, which is good for the environment and your pocket.

4 thoughts on “How to Take Care of your Waterproof Breathable Jacket

  1. I just washed my water-resistant pants without fabric softener and detergent with good results. The water-resistant did not break down after drying under mild-heat settings. I might purchase this formula to reinforce the longevity of its water-resistant feature.

  2. I used Grangers 2in1 and tumble dried hot as I just tumble dried medium first treatment which didn't work. Second try worked for a while, but my Marmot Precip is wetting out again. You're saying here two dry cycles. Will try that.

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