Can I wash my waterproof coat?
Posted on 12 November 2018
Listen, this isn't the sexiest topic
This is the question I am most often asked and I will now answer it!
Q 1: Can I wash my waterproof coat?
Quite simply, YES YOU CAN was your waterproof jacket. Here are the steps:
- Wash it by itself with no other garments.
- Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser.
- Wash it at 30 degrees using a non-biological detergent (please follow the manufacturer instructions provided on the garment).
- Do not put in dryer. Do not iron.
Q 2: Will washing affect the waterproofing?
Yes, but only if done repeatedly. But do not fret, read on my bold friend.
Q 3: What the heck is a Durable Water Repellent Membrane?
All waterproof clothing will be coated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR). The DWR is what causes the water to bead-up and magically roll off the fabric.
As with all waterproof garments, after sometime, the DWR layer will decrease in effectiveness. The DWR is affected by abrasion, dirt and body oils (all the things that happen on a bike!).
This is why after some use, a garment will appear to no longer be waterproof.
But the good news is, the DWR can be refreshed by simply washing the garment (follow the manufacturer instructions). This is how…
Q 4: How can I wash re-waterproof my jacket?
“DWR sprays are best applied to a damp garment after washing and thoroughly rinsing it. Read the directions on both your garment and the DWR bottle before you start. We recommend spray DWR products rather than wash-in products, which deposit DWR on the interior of the garment as well as the face fabric and may interfere with the functionality of the membrane.”
Here are the steps, click here for a handy video:
- Wash your garment following step 1.
- Do a second rinse cycle without soap before you apply the DWR to make sure no detergent residue remains.
- Shake the bottle of Nikwax TX direct.
- While the garment is still wet, hold the Nikwax bottle 6 inches away from the garment and spray evenly over the garment.
- Pay special attention to areas where there has been high usage/friction and seams and stitching lines
- Remove any surplus with a clean damp cloth
- Hang dry it. You’re done, go have a cup of tea.
Q 5: When do I need new kit?
Well, we can always buy more pretty kit. But do we actually NEED it?
You only really need it when the seam sealing of your jacket is peeling off.
Seam sealing, sometimes referred to as seam taping, covers the tiny holes made by the needle in the sewing process so they don’t leak, using a heat application of thin waterproof tape. Without adequate seam sealing you’ll get wet even with the best waterproof/breathable fabric.
If the seam sealing is damaged, it’s time to justifiably buy new kit. Like our Drench Coat in blue grey for only €178 with free shipping.
Let me know if you have any further questions. Always love to hear from you guys!