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post #1 of 9
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Hi all, I am wondering if and how you clean your ski clothes. By clothes I mean only the jacket, ski pants, and gloves. This stuff is water repellent and I don't know if they should be brought somewhere like a cleaners, or if you can just throw it in a washing machine. The stuff underneath I know how to clean, meaning the clothes that contact your skin. I machine wash cold on hand washables and then hang dry. No machine drying ever, and no fabric softener.

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post #3 of 9
I'm not an expert with this stuff, but I found this e-mail from gore-tex in another forum:

First of all, we recommend following the manufacturer's instructions as the
best way to care for the garment.

Generally, washing the garment in the washing machine, using regular laundry
detergent, and then drying it in the dryer, on low to medium heat for about
hour, is the best way to care for your GORE-TEX® garment. The heat from the
dryer actually helps to "revive" the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) that is
coated to the outside shell of the garment. The GORE-TEX® membrane is
laminated to the inside of the outside shell, providing a waterproof
barrier. The heat from the dryer does not affect the membrane in anyway.
Higher heat may affect the outside shell of the product, but again, please
contact the manufacturer for this information. Also, ironing the garment
using low heat adds a nice finishing touch that helps enhance the
effectiveness of the repellency.

What does happen when a garment is not cared for on a regular basis, is that
the DWR becomes "masked" and then does not perform properly. The outside
shell becomes saturated (called wet out) and this prevents the water vapors
that are coming off your body from "escaping" to the outside
(breathability). The garment becomes heavy and water logged, and then you
begin to feel cold and damp on the inside. In fact, it might feel like the
garment is actually leaking from the condensation that is occurring. So it
is best to keep the DWR at its peak performance.

Ask your local "Outdoor Retailer" to show you a "Durable Water Repellent"
(DWR) for Waterproof/Breathable Fabrics.

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc does not recommend or endorse any one name
brand over another. However, some examples would be:

Nik-Wax http://nikwax.com
ReviveX www.mcnett.com
Grangers http://www.grangersusa.com/

NOTE: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc, does not recommend the use of "wash-in"
DWR restoration products for garment with "high performance/wicking liners.

However, DWR does not need to be applied to the garment each time, and if
you are still getting wet on the inside after applying the DWR then there
may be a problem with the GORE-TEX® membrane (the waterproof membrane.) If
this is the case, please call me at the number below so we can discuss your
situation further.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Best Regards,

Bill Acklin
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc
Fabrics Consumer Advocate Team
GORE-TEX® brand
1 800 GORE-TEX (467 3839)
post #4 of 9
I didn't know I was supposed to clean them.
Doesn't that wear them out sooner?.
post #5 of 9


I have been avoiding full on washing of outer garments of gore-tex, hoping to prolong the life of the fabric. I spot clean where grease of dirt is present, with laudry det. Am I f'ing it up? Seems to work so far.
post #6 of 9
I've always just used Ivory soap flakes for cleaning breathable fabrics. That and moderate heat in the dryer seems to work extremely well in keeping everything clean and waterproof.
Even Henry Lloyd who made my sailing drysuit says to wash their waterproof sailing gear that way.

post #7 of 9
i heard somewhere that you should use powder detergent.

but i think the more you wash it, the more it wears down.

i have a SDRW (superDRW) oakley hoody, at first it was amazing, now its ehhh, definitely doesnt bead like it used to. But i have been washing that like once a week with regular laundry, that might be why.

edit: good new, this threead made me check backcountry.com (i got it from SAC) and they have the same one in stock, in my size. i plan on sending it back and getting a new one since mines pretty mangled and dirty and the water resistance is shot
post #8 of 9
Uh, I think it is you are NOT supposed to use powder (but I could be wrong).
post #9 of 9
I know of three brands of soap: Nik-Wax, Granger, and another labeled for these garments.

Following the soap wash and multiple rinses, treat with a suitable Nik-Wax or Granger product to refresh the waterproofing.
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