Apart from cleaning external dirt, your outdoor garment also requires regular maintenance to keep its functionality. Oil, grease and salt from your sweat can clog the pores of the apparel’s membrane, which reduces its breathability. Also, the water repellency of the outer fabric can wear off with use and time. To maintain the breathability and waterproof properties, make sure to clean your garment and refresh the water repellent regularly according to a few helpful guidelines.
Washing and drying functional apparel
Tipp: Only wash your garment when you notice that its functionality is starting to fade.
To maintain the waterproof properties of your garment, you will have to refresh regularly the waterproof coating. Also, re-waterproof the garment with a spray or wash-in DWR after 5-7 washes.
Tipp: Specialty care products are the safest way to add or renew water repellency or waterproofness, revive breathability of all shell garments, prolong the life of the gear, maintain the look and feel of the fabric and to optimize the performance in wet conditions.
For the best results, close the zippers, turn it inside out, and wash on a cold cycle. This will prevent the fleece from pilling. Use only a very small amount of laundry detergent, as this will keep your fleece fluffy and soft. Avoid tumble-drying and never dry close to a direct source of heat.