Look at the surface of your waterproof jacket next time you’re out in the rain. Does the exterior soak up water like a towel?
This phenomenon is called “wetting out.”
Wetting out is an indication that your performance jacket isn’t working to its full potential. The solution to this is remarkably simple: Clean your jacket!
The key to keeping waterproof, breathable products working properly is to keep them clean with an appropriate technical cleaner.
Household detergents leave behind a residue that attracts water to the surface fabric, which can cause wetting out. By cleaning with the right cleaner, the water-attracting contaminants are removed. See our range of Grangers Cleaners.
Many people are intimidated to wash their expensive technical jackets.
Let’s walk through two signs that you need to wash yours—and how to do it.
When water soaks into and spreads across the surface of the fabric, it prevents the breathable layer from working. This is a sign that the durable water repellent (DWR) surface treatment has been compromised. This is when a good cleaning—and possibly re-waterproofing—can improve your experience.
Outdoor life is messy, which is often part of the fun. Luckily if your rain shell gets muddy in camp or doused with your morning mochaccino, you can clean it to remove the crud.
WASH: To start, hand wash in a sink or open bucket with warm water, you can use a soft dishwasher like brush on the outside of the jacket (not inside) to get the dirt & grime off. Close zippers and hook-and-loop (Velcro) Wash or rinse thoroughly.
Waterproof: If after a wash your jacket is still wetting out, you may need to re-waterproof the garment. There is a few ways you can do this using (DWR) treatments. See below for more information on waterproofing treatments.
Dry: Review the manufacturer’s instructions for care of your garment. Bushbuck waterproof gear can be tumble dried on low heat or line dried away from direct sunlight.
WARNING: Read the care instructions on your garment. For our Bushbuck waterproof garments we advise you NOT TO machine wash, hand wash in warm water using non-detergent soap.
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