How do I wash and dry my membrane jacket or trousers?


In general: wash as little as possible and as often as necessary. Please follow the instructions on the product’s care label. The following is an example of what steps to take to best wash a waterproof membrane jacket.

Items Needed

Only use liquid detergents; a mild detergent is optimal. Even better: cleaning products for functional fabrics i.e. Nikwax Tech Wash.


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Time Needed

About 2 hours


Step One: Read the care label on the product

Set the washing machine to 30 °C with a gentle cycle.

There are symbols for the recommended care products on the smaller label. We recommend Nikwax Tech Wash for the washing cycle and   TX Direct Spray from Nikwax for waterproofing if necessary.


Step Two

Fill the washing machine. For optimal results you should wash similar colours together.



Please always close buttons, zippers and Velcro closures before washing. This keeps fibers from catching and the clothing from stretching out during the wash cycle.


Step Three: Washing

Set the washing machine to the cycle and temperature recommended on the apparel. In our example it’s 30 °C and a gentle cycle.

Put the correct amount of liquid in the dispenser depending on the hardness of your water. You can find out how much you should use by reading the instructions on the care product.



Do not use fabric softener or bleach!


Step Four: Drying

For optimal reactivation of the waterproofing (DWR), put the clothing into the dryer for 30 to 50 minutes after washing



Alternatively, you can air dry the clothing in a warm and dry place, however, the waterproofing will not be reactivated.


Step Five: Waterproofing if necessary

When your jacket is dry, you can do a dripping off test to find out if you need to re-waterproof it. Water should pearl up into beads on the surface of the jacket.


To waterproof, we recommend TX-Direct Spray from Nikwax. Spray the outside of the clothing evenly. This leaves the inside untreated to that it can absorb moisture and move it outward.



Please follow the instructions printed on the care product.

Finished! You did it.