We develop a close relationship with our outerwear, and often take it for granted. GORE-TEX® jackets, pants, gloves, or mittens are the ticket to staying out there longer despite even the worst conditions. It’s a lot easier to stay warm and keep going when you’re dry. With a little care, we can keep those GORE-TEX® fabrics clean, restore their waterproofing, and make them more sustainable in the long run.
Loosen elastic cords and cuffs. Close all buttons, zippers, Velcro®, pockets, straps, etc.
Wash your garment according to the instructions on the care and content label, using a technical fabric wash according to the directions on the bottle. We like Granger’s Performance Wash because it’s bluesign® approved, which means it only uses the safest chemicals for both people and the planet. If you choose a different product line, steer away from powder and oil-based liquid detergents.
Remove the garment from the washing machine and shake off any excess water. If your garment is in need of a new coating of water repellent finish, lay it flat on a clean surface, or place on a hanger. Otherwise, skip to Step 6.
Spray the garment with a waterproofing treatment according to the directions on the bottle. For this step, we like to use Granger’s Performance Repel, which is also bluesign® approved and PFC-free.
Allow the waterproofing to soak in. Remove any excess treatment with a clean, damp cloth.
If the waterproofing treatment instructs and the care label permits, tumble dry on a low setting in order to activate the waterproof coating.
Remove from the dryer promptly to avoid wrinkles.
Voila! Waterproof once again.