Washing and caring for waterproof jackets, clothing & equipment can be a challenging task. It's the worry of completely ruining your jacket. We at Montane are asked "how do I wash my Montane waterproof jacket?". The answer is simple, stick to a few basic rules/tasks washing your waterproof jackets and clothing, including GORE-TEX® and it can be a safe and stress free thing to do.
Please refer to the sections below for specific waterproof fabric information. If you are unsure which fabric your garment is made from, please either look for the fabric logo on the sleeve or contact us.
Not only are GORE-TEX® garments built to last such as the Alpine Pro Jacket, they are easy to care for. Routine care will ensure excellent performance and extend their useful life.
Before washing your waterproof jacket, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps.
How do I wash my Montane GORE-TEX waterproof Jacket?
Machine wash on a warm cycle (40º C) using a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice, minimise spinning to reduce creasing. Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance. Do not wash with heavily soiled clothing. Do not use chlorine bleach.
How do I reapply the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) to my GORE-TEX waterproof jacket?
A DWR (Durable Water Repellency) is applied to the outside of waterproof fabrics during the manufacturing process. It protects the surface of the fabric from becoming saturated with water and dirt and helps repel light rain. After extended use or laundering you may find that your garment's DWR finish does not function as well as it should.
Your GORE-TEX® item should always be Tumble Dried after washing. Once it is dry, tumble dry your garment for a further 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment on the outer fabric.
If you are unable to tumble dry, iron the dry garment on gentle setting (warm, no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. This will help reactivate DWR treatment on your garment’s outer fabric.
When the factory applied treatment can no longer be reactivated, apply a new water-repellent treatment (Montane recommends Nikwax T.X. Direct).)
How do I wash my Montane waterproof Jacket?
Wash at 30°C on a gentle machine cycle with a non-biological detergent (without a built-in fabric softener) ensuring all zips and hook and loop sections are fastened. After the detergent wash place on an additional rinse cycle.
Montane does not recommend that you dry clean or bleach your waterproof clothing.
A DWR (Durable Water Repellency) is applied to the outside of waterproof fabrics during the manufacturing process. It protects the surface of the fabric from becoming saturated with water and dirt and helps repel light rain. After extended use or laundering you may find that your garment's DWR finish does not function as well as it should. Tumble drying your garment on a cool setting can help to rejuvenate its DWR.
You may also need to re-proof the fabric. Follow the laundering instructions for your garment, followed by an additional cycle adding pure soap flakes or a specialist cleaner (for instance Nikwax Tech Wash) and then treat it with either a spray-on or wash-in re-proofer (such as Nikwax T.X. Direct).