We all love our gear, but we don’t always take the time to maintain it. What’s up with that?
We develop a close relationship with our outerwear, and often take it for granted. GORE-TEX® jackets, pants, gloves, or mittens are the ticket to staying out there longer despite even the worst conditions. It’s a lot easier to stay warm and keep going when you’re dry. With a little care, we can keep those GORE-TEX® fabrics clean, restore their waterproofing, and make them more sustainable in the long run.
If you remember one thing, remember this: one trip through the washing machine is all it takes to restore your outerwear to like-new performance. This is huge, and not just because it’ll save you some cash. By extending the lifespan of each piece in your closet, you’re actually reducing waste. The more gear that’s out there, serving its purpose, the less we find in the landfill, and the less we need to replace.
Love your gear, and it’ll love you back. Follow these simple steps whenever your gear gets dirty, or if water no longer beads off the fabric.
Loosen elastic cords and cuffs. Close all buttons, zippers, Velcro®, pockets, straps, etc.
Wash your garment according to the instructions on the care and content label, using a technical fabric wash according to the directions on the bottle. We like Granger’s Performance Wash because it’s bluesign® approved, which means it only uses the safest chemicals for both people and the planet. If you choose a different product line, steer away from powder and oil-based liquid detergents.
Remove the garment from the washing machine and shake off any excess water. If your garment is in need of a new coating of water repellent finish, lay it flat on a clean surface, or place on a hanger. Otherwise, skip to Step 6.
Spray the garment with a waterproofing treatment according to the directions on the bottle. For this step, we like to use Granger’s Performance Repel, which is also bluesign® approved and PFC-free.
Allow the waterproofing to soak in. Remove any excess treatment with a clean, damp cloth.
If the waterproofing treatment instructs and the care label permits, tumble dry on a low setting in order to activate the waterproof coating.
Remove from the dryer promptly to avoid wrinkles.
Voila! Waterproof once again.