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Old 25-04-2007, 10:57 AM
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Default Washing waterproof coats

Does anyone know the best way to wash waterproof coats so they don't lose their waterproofyness?
I really don't fancy paying 4 for the special wash you can buy in millets but my coat is starting to whiff!
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Old 25-04-2007, 11:31 AM
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Hi Gforce,

These older threads might help:

washing waterproofs?

Can I rescue my Goretex jacket - I think I've killed it!

How to Clean Muddy Waterproof Trousers?


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Old 28-04-2007, 9:19 AM
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Thanks for the links, I must be rubbish at searching cos I didn't see any of these!
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Old 06-01-2008, 1:00 PM
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Default Washing waterproof jacket

I have recently bought a Regatta waterproof, breathable jacket and it's getting ready for a wash.
On the label it says to use their special washing liquid and not to use normal detergent.
The stuff rom our local outdoor shop is really expensive and as I am looking for ways of not spending any more money I don't want to have to buy this unless absolutely necessary.
However I don't want to ruin the jacket either.
Will I ruin the absorbency of the coat if I use ny normal wash powder?
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I have a ski jacket, Helly Hansen, which has complicated instructions for washing as well. I put on a 30degree short wash, on it's own, with my normal powder (Ecover) and spin as normal, then I place it on a clothes hanger and hang on the line to air dry. Never had a problem with mine.
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Make sure you don't use too much powder.....voice of experience.....I turned into Mrs Snow once having washed my waterproofs that I wear for golf, and then getting caught in the rain. Everywhere you touched the things, bubbles appeared....it looked very fetching between my legs.

If it can be tumble dried, then this usually helps to re-activate the waterproofing.
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A girl I work with went on a outdoor clothing course and was told if you need to wash a waterproof jacket do not put any detergent in the washing machine
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Old 06-01-2008, 1:33 PM
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My husband used to work for a outdoor clothing store selling such jackets.
He always told me to use soap flakes rather than the expensive treatments which are just a ploy to make you spend more, we have washed all our waterproofs like this for ages and never had a problem, about once a year we buy the reproofer spray and a bottle can reproof about 4 adult size jackets.
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Ordinary soap powder wouldn't do your jacket's waterproofing much good at all. You could perhaps 'spot-clean' if it isn't too dirty. Sometimes 'dry-brushing' the jacket with a nail brush helps to get off some of the usual muck associated with outdoor activities - my OH has come back covered in all kinds of mud/cowpats etc from his hillwalking/rambling and this often works but you need to make sure that the jacket is dry before you have a go or it will just get smeared even worse - remove the bulk of any 'gungey stuff' first using kitchen roll if necessary.

There was a thing on the freebie board for some free Nikwax treatment a while back - may be worthwhile having a look to see if it's still there. Or check out the Nikwax website to see if they do samples from there.

I've just had a look and at the moment they appear to be giving away shoe/boot treatments for answering a few questions.

http://www.nikwax.com/en-us/webquiz/index.php

Always worth keeping an eye on that site to see what they'll offer next!
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My husband used to work for a outdoor clothing store selling such jackets.
He always told me to use soap flakes rather than the expensive treatments which are just a ploy to make you spend more, we have washed all our waterproofs like this for ages and never had a problem, about once a year we buy the reproofer spray and a bottle can reproof about 4 adult size jackets.
I second this. I always wash waterproofs and delicates by hand using Lux Soap Flakes or generic brand soap flakes, rinse well by hand and then a short spin . Put the waterproof outside to blow dry on the line on a coat hanger and you will not need to re proof !

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Ive been ding the nikwax quizes for about 3 years and they always send you some product when you answer all 10 questions correctly(as many goes as you want till you get them right and clues for every question). Each 3months you can do it again. You cant choose what they send you but if you do a lot of outdoor activity its worth doing to have some in hand.
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Make sure you don't use too much powder.....voice of experience.....I turned into Mrs Snow once having washed my waterproofs that I wear for golf, and then getting caught in the rain. Everywhere you touched the things, bubbles appeared....it looked very fetching between my legs.
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Thanks for your rep;ies.
Very useful and amusing too.
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My oh needs his waterproof jacket washing before we go camping this week, we dont have any special washing powder, and dont really want to go out and spend god knows how much pn fancy products like that! (and also will not have the time )

Its not really mucky, he only wore it once to do the 3 peaks, but said he got sweaty in it and wants it washing!

Read some posts on here earlier about washing waterproofs in washing machine on low heat and short wash and hanging dry. Or, washing with soap flakes? Whats the best way to wash it, without damaging it? Is it a stupid question to ask whether soda crystals will be any good?!!!!
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I would just use very little washing powder on a cool wash.
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Oooh im not sure what its made of....will check, i know its a regatta jacket....

I was thinking of just doing that bitsy. You done this?
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I have and they've still turned out to be waterproof.
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Ooooh thanks Bitsey, will just give that a try, a tad bit of washing powder. Thank you.
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Hi natc,

I washed my Regatta jacket recently on a short wash with normal powder and it's lost it's waterproofing so be careful, it doesn't work for everyone. There's an earlier thread with more advice that should help so I'll add your thread to it to keep the suggestions together.

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