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Old 04-01-2009, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My burton cargo pants tag says to wash ONLY with POWDERED detergent and to "periodically replenish water repellent finish with spray on only" but i recently bought something called "sport-wash" by PENGUIN, a LIQUID detergent that is specifically made for high tech fabrics. Sounds like I can use this irregardless of what my tags say. Do any of you guys have experience with this sort of tech detergent?
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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High Tech fabrics arent necessarily water proof ones.

Normal detergents wreck the waterproofing on ski gear, make sure it says specifically on the label that it is suitable for the task.
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My burton cargo pants tag says to wash ONLY with POWDERED detergent and to "periodically replenish water repellent finish with spray on only" but i recently bought something called "sport-wash" by PENGUIN, a LIQUID detergent that is specifically made for high tech fabrics. Sounds like I can use this irregardless of what my tags say. Do any of you guys have experience with this sort of tech detergent?
I don't have good pants, but if I did I would just hand wash them.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would go with Nikwax tech Wash instead
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oops! washed my new jacket and pants not too long ago with normal detergent. How much does this effect the waterproofing? Btw, not top of the line gear, just some decent comfy outerwear.
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Old 04-02-2009, 03:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I believe some clothes say this for the fear of you dumping detergent directly on the clothing. You should always put detergent in first then start to fill the washer with water before adding clothes. Putting detergent on top of clothing can cause discoloration and is also not good for waterproofing and such. This goes for all clothes.
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Yeah I noticed my pants started to lose their waterproofing, but they're pretty thick so my butt remains dry.
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I washed my pants without realizing it was a bad idea and they're not so water-proof anymore.
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