What clothes can offer me comfortable comfort?
Admittedly, washing is not my absolute favorite activity now, but somehow my GORE-TEX wardrobe looks worn out at the end of a whole outdoor season. What about your outdoor clothes? Time for a makeover before spring or winter comes, right? So how can you start washing? It's time for a little outdoor grooming guide.
First: Why wash GORE-TEX clothing at all?
Very easily. On the one hand, you can enjoy fresh and clean clothing for your next outdoor adventure. But there is more to it than feeling comfortable and fresh on the next tour. Proper care of your outdoor clothing actually helps to extend the life of your GORE-TEX clothing and ensures the best possible performance. Dirt and sweat can build up and affect the breathability and performance of the durable water-repellent finish in your clothing (DWR). So it's good for you and the environment. Because the longer you can use and enjoy your hard-wearing outdoor products, the less often they have to be replaced with new ones.
Step 1: machine, hand wash, or dry cleaning - how do you wash?
When you look at the label, it becomes clear: We don't have to do it ourselves, and neither do the cleaning experts. Jacket and pants can be put in the washing machine at 40 degrees. Even in the easy-care program. However, without spinning, otherwise there may be creases in the fabric later.
Step 2: close the bulkheads
I also love my GORE-TEX clothes on my outdoor excursions because they have so many small compartments and extras. For example, there is a compartment for a cell phone or lip balm, the air hatch in the armpit area or the elastic drawstring with which I can adjust the waist size. I can now admire all these gadgets in detail again to close the bulkheads. I close the zips on the front, on the pockets or in the armpit area carefully. And also the cover strips and tapes. After all, nothing should get jammed or tangled when washing.
Step 3: detergent - less is more
My wallet and I are pleased: Special detergent is not absolutely necessary, a standard household product will do the same. However, it is important that I use liquid detergent and that I do it as sparingly as possible. Powdered detergents or fabric softeners can clog the pores of the membrane. Of course, you can also use special care products that can be bought from any good outdoor dealer who also sells GORE-TEX products.
Step 4: Successful Dirty Work - How Do I Remove Stubborn Stains?
Stain removers or bleach are taboo when washing. If my outdoor adventures have left particularly stubborn marks that won't easily disappear after washing, I take some liquid detergent and start the prewash cycle in my washing machine. For optimal care, always pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions ─ they are usually found on the label sewn into clothing.
If you don't have a program like this on your machine, you can soak your GORE-TEX garment in the sink before washing and tackle the stains in this way. This means that part of the work is already done by the main wash. By the way, you shouldn't put your functional clothing in the machine with stuff that is dirty - otherwise the dirt particles also threaten to clog the pores.
Step 5: two final rinses
Detergent is necessary, but I still want to avoid that it pollutes the membrane as a residue. So at the end of the wash cycle I run the "rinse" program - and get a clean jacket and pants out of the machine. Everything smells fresh and the colors glow. Part 1 is done!
BRING THE EXTRAPORTION PROTECTION
Now it is time to do the dry exercises and thus the correct reactivation of the impregnation.
Step 1: drying
My clean GORE-TEX clothes dry naturally in the open air. If it needs to go faster, I could even use the tumble dryer to dry. The drying process does not damage my clothes in the gentle cycle.
TIP: If you don't want to wash your favorite GORE-TEX items yourself or you don't have a washing machine and dryer, then simply try the GORE-TEX authorized care service from MeyerundKuhl Spezialwäschen GmbH.
Step 2: like a phoenix from the ashes - this is how I reactivate the impregnation
To reactivate the impregnation, I put the dry clothes in the tumble dryer for another 20 minutes. Because heat reactivates the permanently water-repellent impregnation (Durable Water Repellency, DWR for short) of the outer fabric. Incidentally, if you don't have a dryer in your house, you can achieve the same effect with an iron. The dry garment is ironed at a low temperature and without steam. To protect the surface, place a thin towel between the iron and the item of clothing.
If the water stops beading off the garment, it is time to renew the DWR treatment
Step 3: When nothing more pearls, spray helps
Okay, the water doesn't roll off my jacket anymore. High time to help with a DWR treatment from the outside. This is available, for example, as a pump spray from Grangers. The best thing to do is to go outdoors and after the treatment with the spray everything is back to normal - the water no longer has a chance.
Step 4: "Broken jacket!" - What now?
If you've torn a hole in your jacket while running over hill and dale, there is no reason to despair. Repair kits are available from specialist dealers for a quick fix; you can try them out. A solid and permanent repair under the GORE-TEX GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY ™ promise, which restores the permanent waterproofness of your products, should be left to an expert in one of the GORE-TEX repair centers.
You can find the contact addresses of the GORE-TEX repair centers here.
The care instructions can be found here in brief.
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