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How To Clean And Reproof Your Snowboard Jacket And Pants

How To Clean And Reproof Your Snowboard Jacket And Pants
27 November 2019 No comments

With winter approaching, now is the time to make sure your snowboard jacket and pants are in peak condition ready to face the snow, so we thought we'd explain how to clean and re-waterproof them, whether they're made using GORE-TEX, DryVent or another waterproof/breathable fabric.

All waterproof clothing is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) that makes water bead and roll off the fabric, but with use this eventually wears off.

The performance of technical waterproof outerwear is based upon its ability to repel water and allow moisture from within to escape. Once water begins to soak into the outer fabric of your jacket or pants, it loses this quality.

While the inner membrane will still ensure the garment is waterproof, it won't be able to let sweat escape, meaning you'll get damp inside anyway – you're essentially wearing a plastic bag!

Don't stress - you can easily clean and restore your gear at home using a technical wash such as Granger's or Nikwax.

Do not use standard detergent/conditioner as this will harm the performance.

How to Clean and Reproof your snowboard jacket with Grangers

Grangers

Products Needed: Granger's Cleaner and Granger's Proofer

1. Ensure there are no detergent or fabric conditioner residues in your washing machine by cleaning out the trays and letting it run empty on a rinse setting.

2. Gently rinse off any thick dirt from your garment by hand, then do up all zips and Velcro before putting it in the machine.

3. Using the required amount depending on how many garments you're washing, put the Granger's cleaner in your tray and pop the washing machine on a 30° cycle.

  • Allow the garment to drip dry or tumble dry if the garment label allows; helping to re-activate any remaining repellent. 

5. Now free from grime, wash the garment in the Grangers proofer on a 30° cycle.

  • Allow the garment to drip dry or tumble dry if the garment label allows; helping to further activate the new coating of repellent. 

6. Enjoy staying dry, and comfortable on those snow heavy days.

How to Clean and Reproof your snowboard jacket with Nikwax

Nikwax

Products Needed: Nikwax TX Tech Wash, Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-in or Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On

1. Ensure there are no detergent or fabric conditioner residues in your washing machine by cleaning out the trays and letting it run empty on a rinse setting.

2. Gently rinse off any thick dirt from your garment by hand, then do up all zips and Velcro before putting it in the machine.

3. Using the required amount depending on how many garments you're washing (Nikwax recommend no more than two), put the TX Tech Wash in your tray and pop the washing machine on a 30° cycle.

4.

  • If you're using TX.Direct Wash-In, leave the garment in the washing machine, add the TX Direct to the washing machine tray and run on another 30° cycle.
  • If you're using TX.Direct Spray-On, take the freshly cleaned garment while still wet, and lay out on a flat surface. Spray an even coat from 15cm away, dabbing away any excess with a damp cloth.

5. Allow to air dry or tumble dry on a low heat if your garment label allows.

6. Enjoy staying dry, and comfortable on those snow heavy days.

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