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Washing waterproofed gear

How are you supposed to wash waterproof jackets/pants/gloves?

I know that if you just machine wash them normally they'll lose their waterproofing, so how in the world are you supposed to clean them?

My gloves say I basically can't wash them at all.
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My 686 Mannual Ridge Pants that are water-proofed say to wash them with warm water and gentle hand soap, but that is just for certain areas I think... As far as washing the whole thing themselves...

But they are just gloves so they should be small enough that it won't be a big pain.
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One option is to reapply the waterproofing. Something like scotch guard. Like a factory paint job though, methinks it'll never be the same as brand new.
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Yeah I don't want the hassle of applying stuff onto it.

Some water and hand soap then?
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Yeah I don't want the hassle of applying stuff onto it.
If you're just trying to remove some stains than sure, but if you're trying to get them clean, I honestly think the easiest was is to wash and then respray them all. I just hang everything in my basement and give it a couple coats of silicone spray. Doesn't take long actually...
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What is that? My gloves/jacket tell me not to machine wash so I'd rather not. Perhaps hand wash with whatever that stuff is?
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What is that? My gloves/jacket tell me not to machine wash so I'd rather not. Perhaps hand wash with whatever that stuff is?
You can hand wash with Tech Wash. Your gear will probably be fine to machine wash in a front loader, but I wouldn't use a top loader. Here's the link to the product page: http://www.nikwax.com/en-gb/products...hp?productid=4

I've also used Dreft on outdoor gear with good results. It's a laundry soap for baby clothes, so it's very gentle on your stuff and doesn't leave any residue. If you're using detergents (Tech Wash is not technically a detergent), use powdered ones only.
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Ok so I'll get some of that stuff and a front loading washer. How much do front loading washers go for nowadays? :P
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