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post #1 of 19
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I,m looking for advice in maintaining my arcteryx jacket and pants.There are a number of products out there to preserve its h2o repelancy.Does anyone have personal experience with a particular product .I have just washed ,dried and stored in the past. 

post #2 of 19

Use Nikwax Tech Wash to clean the garment.  Tech Wash will clean out the membrane, so it can work properly.

 

Use Nikwax TX-Direct to restore the garment's water repellancy.

 

Follow the directions on the bottles.

 

I have used these products for well over 10 years.  They are easy to use.  After applying the TX-Direct, garments repel water just like they are new.

 

Dennis

post #3 of 19

That's pretty good advice.  You want to keep the membrane clean by washing often.  Do not use a detergent to wash it will clog the pores in the Gore-tex.  Periodically, use the TX direct to help the DWR on the outside of the shell maintain it's repellancy but don't use everytime you wash the gear.  Also, Gore-tex does well in the dryer with medium heat

post #4 of 19

I've used the Nikwax products forever, but now I'm in a bit of a quandry.  The last time I had to wash ski gear we still had a traditional washer.  Now we have a front-loading high efficiency (HE) washer that uses special low sudsing detergent.  Should I assume that since Tech Wash is already low sudsing that it will work just fine in our HE washer?  Should I adjust the amount used at all?

post #5 of 19

the tech wash directions show what to do for front load.

 

as you guessed, you use less.

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

I've used the Nikwax products forever, but now I'm in a bit of a quandry.  The last time I had to wash ski gear we still had a traditional washer.  Now we have a front-loading high efficiency (HE) washer that uses special low sudsing detergent.  Should I assume that since Tech Wash is already low sudsing that it will work just fine in our HE washer?  Should I adjust the amount used at all?

 

Works great.  Since the amount you use is less, it pays to spot treat stains and brush in.


Edited by comprex - Wed, 04 Feb 09 23:29:01 GMT
post #7 of 19

Detergent is fine as long as it doesn't have additives like softeners, brighteners etc.  Use spray-on DWR treatment, not wash-in.  Dry warm, or iron.  Arc'teryx recommends Graingers:

http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satellite/content/care-center/washing-instructions#tab_1

http://www.arcteryx.com/product-care.aspx


Edited by Bob Lee - Thu, 05 Feb 09 03:46:54 GMT
post #8 of 19

I tend to use natural soap flakes rather than detergents. Don't add any conditioner/fabric softener, don't tumble dry, just take them out after the spin cycle and hang them over the bath to slowly air-dry.

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post

I tend to use natural soap flakes rather than detergents. Don't add any conditioner/fabric softener, don't tumble dry, just take them out after the spin cycle and hang them over the bath to slowly air-dry.


 

Have to disagree with air drying your tech gear.  Actually, tumble drying your goretex stuff is good for it.  The heat redistributes the DWR coating on the surface of the jacket and makes it more water repellant without having to reapply the DWR.  DWR gets rubbed off high friction areas like the shoulders and elbows and drying spreads it out again.  You'll also have to replentish the DWR coating from time to time, but I've found that you only have to reapply once or twice a year.

 

Dryer should be on a moderate heat setting, ie not high heat.

post #10 of 19

I just noticed some dark spots on my new patagonia gortex coat.  I think it may be the grease from my ski bindings that had rubbed against my jacket.  Should I spot treat it with the tech wash first, or just wash it normally?

 

Thanks. 

post #11 of 19

spot treat.

post #12 of 19

I had an issue with Nikwax last season that took out my beloved orange Arcteryx Fission AR, BUT, Nikwax really stepped up to make it right for me.

 

As indicated above, Arcteryx suggests Graingers. I'd go with their recommendation.

post #13 of 19

Graingers is the company that manufactures about 90% of the DWR's applied by the clothing companies when the make the clothing.  The stuff is fantastic but really hard to find.  In fact, if somebody knows where to get a hold of some let me know.  My stash of it is almost gone

post #14 of 19

EMS carry it.    Easier to find if you leave out the surplus 'i' though.

 

I like Grangers' down cleaner formulation, it removes schwitz stains better than any of their other washes, or Tekwash.

 

 

post #15 of 19

Anybody ever try Penguin® Water Repellent? I can get it cheap thru one of my suppliers, but I haven't tried it yet.  Its a spray on waterproofer, looks similar to the others I have used.

post #16 of 19

Tried the wash, not the DWR refresh treatment.

post #17 of 19

I'm not clear, here. I'm reading what you're saying and I'm confused. I thought there were two types of waterprood, breathable garments: the expensive and better=laminate construction. the cheeper and less durable=DWR. what's up. are you saying that you buy goretex for $400 and still have to dick around with it? twice a year?? I don't think so.

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

I'm not clear, here. I'm reading what you're saying and I'm confused. I thought there were two types of waterprood, breathable garments: the expensive and better=laminate construction. the cheeper and less durable=DWR. what's up. are you saying that you buy goretex for $400 and still have to dick around with it? twice a year?? I don't think so.

You are not clear, and you have it wrong - DWR is an important component of Gore-Tex.  Read the instructions:

http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satellite/content/care-center/washing-instructions

 

Note the paragraph on "Water Repellant Treatment"

 

Also:

http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satellite/content/care-center/restoring-water-repellency


Edited by Bob Lee - Fri, 06 Feb 09 03:12:38 GMT
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

I'm not clear, here. I'm reading what you're saying and I'm confused. I thought there were two types of waterprood, breathable garments: the expensive and better=laminate construction. the cheeper and less durable=DWR. what's up. are you saying that you buy goretex for $400 and still have to dick around with it? twice a year?? I don't think so.


 

Bob is exactly right.  Gore Tex still needs DWR.  The Gore Tex laminate is sandwiched between other layers of fabric and keeps water out of the interior of the jacket, but it doesn't keep the layer of fabric on the outside of the jacket dry.  DWR helps the outer layer to shed water and stay dry.

 

Mike

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