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Washing Outerwear


January 27, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret


Washing functional outerwear garments the right way ensures they last a long time. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind.


  • Make sure you close all buttons, zips, buckles and Velcro© fastenings to avoid unnecessary friction on the different parts of the garment and the outer fabric.
  • Wash the garment inside out to reduce wear and tear on the outer fabric.
  • Wash the garment with similarly colored items.
  • Always check the garment label and follow its washing direction and washing temperature instructions.
  • Never use fabric softener as it may cause the garment to lose its water-repellent ability.
  • Take the garment out of the washing machine as soon as the laundry cycle is finished. This is to avoid transferring non-fast color to other areas of the garment.


The garment should be heat treated after washing to restore its water-repellent ability. Do this by drying the garment at a low temperature in a dryer. Dryers can often get very hot – never dry garments at a higher temperature than the recommended washing temperature. At too high temperatures, the taped seams inside the garment may come loose and this will mean the garment is no longer waterproof. The garments can also be tumble dried.

Learn more about washing your clothes in our laundry school!


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