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December 22, 2014 / Comments (0)

How to reproof a waterproof jacket

Ensuring that you’re protected from the elements is a fundamental part of enjoying your time outdoors. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have the right clothing and equipment. If you want to ensure the longevity of your outdoor clothing, or bring a much-loved waterproof jacket back to its best, here’s a quick guide to the reproofing process.

Pick the right product

The first thing to do is to make sure you have chosen the right product. There are a lot of great reproofing sprays and liquids on the market, with Grangers and Nikwax offering some of the best.

Using this proof liquid, you’ll need access to a washing machine and ideally a tumble drier (although you can use a hair drier for this bit as well).

It’s a great option because it not only weatherproofs the garment in question, but also helps to get rid of ingrained dirt, so it can really refresh a well-used item of clothing as well as protect it for future use.

Prepare your clothing

Now that you’ve got the right product, you can start to follow the directions on the bottle. First of all, you need to ensure that all of the straps and zips on your jacket are closed. This is to prevent loose parts of your garment from catching in the washing machine.

However, don’t turn the jacket inside-out, as this might impede the proofing process. Now you’re ready to move on to the next step for this particular, double action product.

Prepare the washing machine

You’ll want to check the bottle instructions to get the right amount of liquid into your wash. Once that’s established, shake the liquid and pour into your usual washing machine drawer. Then select a wash option with a warm wash and rinse cycle for best results.

The product is formulated to work from just 30ºC, which means you don’t waste energy on your wash – so that’s better for your energy bill and for the environment too.

Dry to the right temperature

To get ideal activation for this product, you need to dry it on a medium heat cycle for at least 15 minutes. Although it’s not recommended, you can also perform the drying stage of the process with a hair drier if necessary.

With that done, you’ll find that the reproofing process is complete. The jacket is protected against water, and also against UV damage, so all that’s left is to go and test it against the elements.

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