You need, need, need to wash your waterproof jacket. Did we mention that you need to? Look after your kit and it’ll look after you! The most important tip for looking after your waterproofs? Don’t use your standard detergent. Here’s our simple guide to washing your waterproof jacket.
Yes you can! In fact, washing a waterproof jacket is an important part of keeping it working at its best. Dirt and oils (including those from your own body) inhibit the action of the DWR. You mustn’t use standard detergent, though. Get your hands on some detergent for waterproof clothing, like Grangers or Nikwax. Then follow our steps below on how to best wash your waterproof jacket.
After washing, you can air dry or tumble dry your garments. Check the care instructions, but you typically should only go for low or medium heat.
In fact, heat treating your garment after washing or reproofing helps the DWR perform better. You could use an iron on your waterproofs to achieve this effect!
Whenever it gets dirty, basically! We recommend about every three to four months – but it, of course, depends on how much you’re using your jacket. If you're not often going out in the wet, twice a year should be enough. You can time it for the start and end of the rainy season!