GORE-TEX FABRIC CARE GUIDE
GORE-TEX garments are built to last but routine care will ensure their excellent on-going performance and extend their life.
In this guide we run through what is GORE-TEX® and how best to maintain your GORE-TEX® fabrics so they’re ready to go when you are.
What is GORE-TEX?
GORE-TEX® is known for providing long-lasting waterproof protection, but what exactly is it?
It’s a membrane, laminated between high-performance lining and outer textiles.
All products engineered with GORE-TEX® product technology carry the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise.
Washing GORE-TEX Garments
Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps.
- Machine was on a warm cycle up to 40°C
- Use a small amount of liquid detergent s
- Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditions or stain removers. These will affect your garment’s performance
- Do not use bleach
- Rinse twice on a low spin cycle to reduce creasing
- Do not wash with heavily soiled clothing
- Do not dry clean
Drying GORE-TEX Garments
- Line dry your garment.
- Once dry, iron the dry garment on gentle, warm setting (no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron to reactive the durable water-repellent treatment on the outer fabric
- Tumble dry on a warm, gentle cycle.
- Once dry, continue to tumble dry for 20 minutes to reactive the durable water-repellent treatment on the outer fabric.
Keeping Your GORE-TEX Garments Waterproof
“Wet out” can happen when liquid saturates your garment’s outer fabric leaving you feeling damp as if your garment is leaking, even when it’s not.
To prevent wet out, all GORE-TEX® outer fabrics are treated with an ultra-thin treatment called DWR, a durable water repellent polymer. DWR penetrates the fibres and lowers the surface tension of the fabric, causing water to bead up and roll off the outer layer of fabric, instead of being absorbed.
DWR is not permanent. Regular wear and tear, exposure to dirt, detergents, insect repellent and other impurities can shorten its lifespan.
If you can no longer reactivate the factory applied treatment apply a new water-repellent treatment to the outer fabric.
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