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GORE-TEX® garments are built to last, and with proper care they will continue to perform superbly for the length of their life. In this guide we take a look at how to best maintain the GORE-TEX® fabric.

Routine care will ensure the excellent performance or GORE-TEX® and extend its life. Here are some tips to help you:

Washing GORE-TEX® Garments

  • Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps.
  • Machine wash on a warm cycle (105º F/40º C) using a small amount of liquid detergent (such as Nikwax Tech Wash®). Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance.
  • Rinse twice, minimise spinning to reduce creasing.
  • Do not wash with heavily soiled clothing.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach.
  • Do not Dry Clean GORE-TEX® Garments

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Drying GORE-TEX® Garments

  • Line dry your garment, or tumble dry it on a warm, gentle cycle.
  • Once it is dry, tumble dry your garment for 20 minutes more to reactivate the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment on the outer fabric.
  • If 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.

Reapplying Water-Repellent Treatment

When the factory applied treatment can no longer be reactivated, apply a new water-repellent treatment to the garment’s outer fabric. An example of this NikWax TX Direct Wash.

To apply wash-in waterproofing:

  • Clean item(s) first with Nikwax Tech Wash® in a separate wash cycle. (No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing).
  • Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser.
  • Place maximum of 2 clean garments in washing machine.
  • Use 100ml of NikWax TX Direct Wash per garment.
  • Run machine on a 30°C synthetic cycle with a slow spin.

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