Waterproof Jackets are an essential for getting the most out of the outdoors, providing us with instant and reliable protection from the cold and rain. Unfortunately, without proper care, waterproofs can become less and less effective overtime, so after a while, they won’t work as well as they did when they were new. The good news is that it's actually very easy to restore them to their original waterproof glory.
Waterproof jackets should NOT be washed with fabric softeners, the chemicals in them clog the membrane which prevents moisture from passing through, this means that the jacket will no longer be able to breathe. We recommended using one of our technical outdoor fabric cleaners when washing your jacket, these will ensure a thorough wash, without causing any damage.
Before washing use a soft-bristle brush to wipe away any loose dirt and close all zips and flaps on the jacket.
Make sure your washing machine’s detergent compartment is clean of any other detergents. Try setting your washing machine to do a hot wash with nothing in it to remove any leftover residue in the washing machine.
Pour the cleaner into the detergent compartment following the instruction on the cleaner label. For cleaning waterproofs we recommend Nikwax Tech Wash®.
Place your jacket in the washing machine. You can wash multiple jackets at once, however, most outdoor washing detergents recommend putting only two waterproof garments in at a time. This ensures that each garment is washed and cleaned properly, and doesn’t overload it.
Set the washing machine to a wash and rinse cycle at 30°C. You should still check the care label on your waterproof garments however for the exact care details.
The waterproof jacket should then be hung up to air dry or you can tumble dry the jacket (ONLY if the care label allows).
Once the waterproof jacket has been cleaned, you can move onto the next step, 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. For reproofing, our top pick is Nikwax TX Direct Wash In Waterproofer.
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 through our range of fabric cleaners and find the right cleaners and proofers to bring your waterproof jacket back to life and looking good as new.