Obviously, if you just throw your ski jacket in the washing machine and don’t pay any attention to the wash label, you are likely to remove your jacket’s waterproof properties or worse. For that reason, we’ve put together a guide for machine washing your jacket for the first time.
- In order to prevent any zips from getting torn off during the washing process, ensure that all zips are fully zipped up. Also make sure that all of your pockets are empty.
- Ensure that your washing machine if free of any previous fabric softener or detergents. The best way to do this is to run your machine on an empty hot wash.
- You will want to use technical outerwear specific wash products, for example Nikwax or Granger’s. In most cases, you will wash your outerwear with one product and use a re-waterproofing product on the second wash. However, please read the instructions on the washing product that you buy, as these methods can vary from product to product.
- If there are any tough stains attempt to scrub those out by hand using a nylon brush or a sponge and the washing product you will use to wash the jacket in the machine.
- Before putting your outerwear in the washing machine, make sure you check the wash label. You will want to ensure that the washing temperature does not exceed the recommended temperature, as not following these could result in your favourite jacket or pants being damaged. As a general guideline if your wash label is worn out, put it in on a 30-degree wash.