One of the most common questions we get is, "how do I wash ski gear?" Well, it's easy, and we made a fun video to show you how to clean your ski jacket or pants. It's a simple process that you can use to clean or wash any waterproof product.
CEO Chris Pew and TREW friend Shay Huskey are hanging out at Spin Laundry Lounge in Portland, OR to explain the simple steps to clean your ski gear.
Following this process will extend the life and maintain the performance of your outerwear. Step by step:
- Gather your dirty gear, your detergent, and a washer and dryer.
- For detergent, we recommend using a product specifically formulated for outdoor gear like Nikwax or a mild or eco-friendly detergent like Nelly's. These tend to not have a lot of additives or perfumes that will form a residue on the outside of your garment. Just say no to Tide Pods, people!
- Next, before popping your garment in the washer you're going to want to clean out all of the pockets - the last thing you want is that chapstick to get all over your favorite bibs - and then close all the zipper openings or velcro tabs to make sure nothing tears during the wash cycle. Also, do NOT turn the garment inside out since you'll be cleaning the outside of the fabric.
- Before washing, you're going to want to rinse the detergent compartment to clear away any leftover dirt or other residues.
- Put your garment in the washer and add 100ML of Nikwax for 2 garments. If you are using a different detergent, then follow the instructions on the bottle.
- Select warm water (if using Nikwax), then push START!
- Once the garment is done washing, pop it in the dryer on regular heat and dry until warm to the touch. This is a common overlooked step, applying heat to the fabric will actually help restore the DWR coating. Don't use any dryer sheets at this step, you want to avoid any residues that could attach to the surface of the fabric.
- Once it's done drying, throw it on, get outside and keep it thumbs up!
Remember, your waterproof-breathable fabric LOVES to be cleaned; so wash your rain jacket, wash your ski pants, and wash your ski jacket. Take care of your gear and it'll take care of you, which is good for the environment and your wallet.