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Old 01-08-2010, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im in slight need to wash my pants and jacket before the weekend (yes i know, i only have like 6 hours to do it). But I need you guys to criticise me on my plan on washing my beloved pants and jacket (and other peices of gear)

What i want to wash
-Pants
-Jacket
-Facemask (pretty simple, ill just throw that in the washer)
-Goggle face foam

For the pants and my jacket, im going to...
1)Fill a Large bucket full of warm water
2)Soak in warm water with borax
3)Hand scrub (with gloves)
4)Rinse out and delicate tumble dry in the dryer (low heat)
5)Refill bucket with warm water and NicWax waterproofing stuff
6)Soak and handscrub
7)Delicate (low heat) tumble dry in the dryer

For my goggles idk what to do. Because the foam over my nose just reaks of old, salty, nasty, face sweat. And its just repulsive, so how do i cleanse that?

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Old 01-08-2010, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You've got a dryer, but no washer?

1) Rinse the shit out of it.....No soap residue whatsoever

2) Dry on hot.

My understanding of the way waterproofing and Nikwax work is that you want the stuff on the outside of the fiber. Over time, the stuff wears off the outside and dirt clogs the pores of the fabric. Remove the dirt by washing, but don't just replace the pore-clogging effect of the dirt with soap residue....you want those pores to breath. I usually wash once and then put it thru another full wash cycle without soap.

Heat is what causes the remaining waterproofing and the Nikwak to coat the outside of the fabric rather than just soaking in. Follow the directions, but I believe it says, hot water and hot drying.
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I do have a washer, but im very fucking carefull with my gear. When it comes to having a 450$ jacket, and 300$ pants, i would rather maitain it to be almost pure handwashed (even though i got my stuff on sale for 140$ New for both). Their both 20k waterproofing and 20k Breathe and so I want to maintain that performance for the entire season.
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As I said, it works by heat. If you want to handwash and not scald your hands, go nuts.
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Many jacket manufacturer will not recommend high heat drying. I personally use low heat to dry my jackets. But I hang dry them most of the time. I don't recommend high heat for washing either... heat do more damage than anything...

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