Maintenance Instructions for Outdoor Material

Synthetic Material Care

Wash at 40°C, Do not bleach,Thumble dry, low heat, Iron low max 110°C (*).

Taking care of your high-performance outdoor materials is not hard. In fact it is much more straightforward than for natural materials. Most of the fabrics and notions sold on this shop fall under these general instructions, but check also by product.

Wash normally at 40C, do not use fabric softener. Never use bleach. In general air drying gives the longest life from your clothing. However, tumble drying at low/medium temperatures is OK. For shell materials with a chemical Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish, drying is even recommended to activate the finish. Some time in a sauna works also to activate the DWR and is gentler to garment.

Most fabrics can be dry cleaned, although it is not required. If a fabric tends to wrinkle, it can be ironed at low temperatures. The real enemy in taking care of outdoor materials is dirt. Even synthetic materials, especially those with DWR coatings or waterproof membranes, are sensitive to dirt. It is very important to regularly wash your outdoor clothing. The DWR coating on shell materials will eventually wear off. This can be re-applied using a commercial product like Nikwax, which should be done every few months or years depending on use and washing frequency.

Care chart for technical clothing

Example for materialsWashing machineTem­per­a­tureType of washing cleanerExtra rinseSpinning + dryingIroning
Hard Shell 3- and 2-layer WPB’s (Gore-Tex, Sympatex, Event, Texapore, Dermizax, Action…) gentle wash 30°C special liquid cleaner like NikWax Tech Wash 2 times no spinning, use drying machine if allowed by the fabric washing instructions, otherwise hang to dry low heat ironing or low heat sauna to re-activate the water repellency treatment if machine drying isn't allowed
Soft Shell Polartec Powershield, Schoeller WB 400 + Dryskin… wool cycle 30°C special liquid cleaner like NikWax Tech Wash 2 times max 600 rpm, hang to dry low heat ironing or low heat sauna to re-activate the water repellency treatment if machine drying isn't allowed
Fleece Polartec, Ponte torto Tecnopile, Normal fleece gentle wash 30°C, max 40°C special liquid cleaner like NikWax Tech Wash or gentle liquid washing cleaner 0 to 1 times low spinning cycle, drying according to fabrics washing instructions not necessary
Synthetic shirts and pants Polyamide (Nylon), Polyester with or without Elastan ( Quickdry + Quickdry stretch) normal wash 30°C, max 40°C special liquid cleaner like NikWax Tech Wash or gentle liquid washing cleaner 0 to 1 times spin only material without stretch, drying according to fabrics washing instructions low heat ironing or low heat sauna to re-activate the water repellency treatment if machine drying isn't allowed
Cotton or cotton blended shirts and pants Function 65, Mt-Microfiber, G 1000, Etaproof normal wash 30°C, max 40°C special liquid cleaner like NikWax Tech Wash or gentle liquid washing cleaner 0 to 1 times spin and dry according to fabrics washing instructions low heat ironing or low heat sauna to re-activate the water repellency treatment if machine drying isn't allowed
T-shirts and Underwear with wool Sportswool, merino wool, wool blends wool cycle cold or 30°C wool washing cleaner like Sonett no need low spin cycle, hang to dry not necessary
Socks + Underwear Powerdry, Lifa, Coolmax, etc normal color wash wash according to fabric washing instructions gentle washing cleaner or NikWax Basewash no need spin and dry according to fabrics washing instructions not necessary
Lined Clothing down filling or synthetic padding / filling Hand or machine wash, wool program 30°C down washing cleaner like NikWax Down Wash 2-3- times max 600 rpm, first drip hang then with big drying machine, fluff down between drying process no
Tents, bags and backbags Syntethics (Nylon, Cordura, Silinylon, ...) Hand wash 30°C special liquid cleaner like NikWax Tech Wash 1 - 2 times low spin, hang to dry low heat sauna to re-activate the water repellency treatment