How to take care of GORE-TEX®
Whether it’s a hiking jacket, walking boots or a pair of socks, GORE-TEX® technical outdoor clothing is specially designed to be windproof, waterproof and highly breathable, keeping you dry and comfortable whatever the conditions.
However, it’s important to take good care of your GORE-TEX® gear in order to keep it performing at its best. So, following on from our recent guide to all things GORE-TEX®, we thought we’d tell you how to clean and care for your clothing so that it looks as good as new for many seasons to come.
Washing your GORE-TEX® products
Your GORE-TEX® gear was made for the great outdoors. So, at some stage, it will inevitably get dirty and require cleaning. Washing GORE-TEX® clothing is relatively easy, but it’s important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Before washing your outerwear, such as jackets, be sure to zip up the front, the pockets and the pit zips, and fully fasten all flaps and straps.
Washing – Machine wash your garments on a warm cycle (no more than 40º C). Avoid using detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach – as they will affect garment performance. Instead, we recommend using a specially-formulated cleaner for waterproof, breathable clothing.
Drying – If you can, line dry your garment naturally. Alternatively, you can tumble dry on a warm, gentle cycle. Once dry, tumble dry your garment for a further 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment on the outer fabric.
Ironing – Tumble drying should get rid of any creases. However, if you don’t have access to a tumble dryer, you can iron your garment once it’s dry. Be sure to use a low setting (no steam) and place a tea towel between the garment and the iron.
Treating your GORE-TEX® products
As well as cleaning your products, you may also need to re-proof your GORE-TEX® gear in order to prevent ‘wet out’. This is when liquid soaks into the surface of the outer fabric, making it feel as though it has leaked.
To prevent ‘wet out’, all GORE-TEX® products are treated with what’s known as DWR (Durable Water Repellency), a factory-applied coating that clings to the individual fibres of the fabric, causing water to bead up and roll off rather than soak in.
However, this coating wears off over time through general wear and tear or as a result of exposure to dirt or detergents. But you can re-proof your waterproof products using a water-repellent treatment, which are available in handy pump-sprays or as a wash-in treatments.
At Winfields Outdoors we recommend Granger’s proofing treatments, such as the Granger’s XT Proofer, which is specially recommended for GORE-TEX® waterproof clothing. However, whichever treatment you choose, always be sure to carefully follow the product instructions.
We hope that you’ve found this ‘how-to’ guide useful. Armed with all the info above, you can make sure your GORE-TEX® is ready to face the elements for years to come.
If you need any more advice on how to care for your equipment, or you want to know more about choosing the right cleaning & proofing products, pop into your local Winfields Outdoor store to speak to our team of outdoor experts.