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How To Clean Waterproof Jackets

Waterproof Jackets are often essential for enjoying the outdoors and gives us instant protection from the cold and rain. Over time waterproofs can become less effective and stop working as well as they did when they were new. The good news is that it's actually pretty easy to restore them to their original waterproof glory.

Waterproof jackets should not be washed with fabric softeners, the chemicals will clog the membrane preventing moisture from passing through and the jacket will no longer breathe. We recommended using our technical outdoor fabric cleaners when cleaning your jacket.

Step 1

Before washing use a soft-bristle brush to wipe away any loose dirt and close all zips and flaps on the jacket.

Step 2

Make sure your washing machines detergent compartment is clean of any other detergents. You may want to set your washing machine on a hot wash with nothing in to remove any leftover residue in the washing machine.

Step 3

Pour the cleaner into the detergent compartment following the instruction on the cleaner label.  

Step 4 

Place your jackets in the washing machine. Most outdoor washing detergents will recommend only putting two waterproof garments in at a time and to not overload it.

Step 5 

Set the washing machine to a wash and rinse cycle at 30°C. You should check the care label on the waterproof garments for the exact care details.

Step 6 

The waterproof jacket should then be hung up to air dry or you can tumble dry the jacket but ONLY if the care label allows. 


Once the waterproof jacket is clean, you can move onto reproofing the jacket. Follow Steps 2 to 6 using reproofing treatment instead of washing detergent and your jacket will be restored to its former glory.

Now you don’t have to wash and reproof your jacket after every walk. You want to wash your waterproof jacket once it's no longer repelling water as it used to and you're finding that your overheating when wearing it.


Take a look at our fabric cleaners and find the right cleaners and proofers to bring your waterproof jacket back to life and looking good as new.

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