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thecadgod 01-07-2011 05:19 PM

Dry Cleaning Gear
Anyone have any experience dry cleanging their Jackets and Pants?

I have had bad results washing an old jacket in a standard washing machine. When it came out it had completely lost its water proofness. I got some bs on my pants and jacket from a bus in Mammoth. Grrr!

Has anyone Dry cleaned their gear? Are the results good. Does the gear still maintain it ablility to stay water proof?

Thanks Everyone

SimonB 01-07-2011 05:51 PM

When I bought my gear they said ABSOLUTELY NO DRY CLEAN, machine wash, cold, gentle cycle and NO softener. What does the tag on yours says?

MistahTaki 01-07-2011 06:05 PM

i hear that nikwax tech wash is good. it helps restore the water proof properties while getting it clean.

thecadgod 01-07-2011 08:17 PM

The Tag says machine wash but so did my other one and it was ruined after I washed it...

EagleTalons 01-07-2011 08:52 PM

If you wash something as sensitive as a jacket in hot water when it needs cold water. It can make the waterproofing seems come apart on it. Also pay atttention to the drying instructions. Drying something in Hot air instead of just air or on low can shrink it down to fit an oopa loompa.

MistahTaki 01-07-2011 10:07 PM


Originally Posted by thecadgod (Post 355358)
The Tag says machine wash but so did my other one and it was ruined after I washed it...

if you put it through wash with regular detergent and hot water it'll ruin the waterproofing for sure. Get the nikwax and follow the instructions and your gear will be better then it was when it went in.

Magnum626 01-07-2011 11:06 PM

Just to add, don't use fabric softener either.

But everything should be there right on the label.

I've used nikwax on a 6 year old jacket and it restored it's waterproofing to just like new.

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