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Old 01-07-2011, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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?

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Old 01-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i hear that nikwax tech wash is good. it helps restore the water proof properties while getting it clean.
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The Tag says machine wash but so did my other one and it was ruined after I washed it...
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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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