How to Care for Your Rain Jacket

As April unfolds, so does the unpredictable weather, often bringing those infamous April showers. But fear not! With the right care and maintenance, your rain jacket or windbreaker can be your best friend during these rainy days.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps to keep your outerwear clean, dry, and ready for whatever the weather throws your way.

Know Your Gear:

Before diving into cleaning, it's crucial to understand the materials and features of your rain jacket or windbreaker. Check the label for specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Different materials may require different cleaning methods, so familiarize yourself with your gear before proceeding.

Preparing for Washing:

Before tossing your jacket into the wash, take a moment to prepare it properly. Close all zippers and fasten any Velcro closures to prevent snagging during the washing process - this helps preserve the integrity of your outerwear.

Washing Techniques

When it comes to washing your rain jacket or windbreaker, you have two options: machine wash or hand wash. Many jackets are machine washable, but always use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent to avoid damaging the fabric or compromising its water-repellent properties. If your jacket is particularly delicate or has specific care instructions, hand washing may be the safer choice.

Say No to Fabric Softeners:

While fabric softeners may leave your clothes feeling cosy, they can spell disaster for your rain jacket. Fabric softeners can impair the water-repellent coating on your outerwear, making it less effective against the elements.

Air Drying with Care:

After washing, resist the urge to toss your jacket in the dryer. High heat can damage the fabric and seams, compromising its waterproofing abilities. Instead, hang your jacket to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat sources. This gentle drying method will help preserve the quality of your outerwear for years to come.

Restore Water Repellency:

Over time, the durable water repellent (DWR) coating on your rain jacket may wear off. To restore its water-repellent properties, consider applying a DWR treatment spray after washing and drying. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for best results, and enjoy the renewed protection against the rain.

Proper Storage:

When the rain stops and the sun comes out, it's essential to store your rain jacket or windbreaker properly. Avoid folding it for extended periods, as this can cause creases and weaken the fabric. Instead, hang it on a wide hanger in a cool, dry place to maintain its shape and integrity.

Refresh, don't wash:

Refresh the fabric: If your jacket just needs a scent refresh, then spray it with out Clothing Spritz. This deodorising spray is bursting with essentials oils that remove lingering scents, so your jacket smells fresher for longer! 

Spot Cleaning: For minor stains or dirt, spot cleaning is the way to go. Dab the sportswear detergent and lukewarm water to gently scrub the affected area. Leave it to soak for a 10 minutes, and then dab with more water.

With these simple care tips, you can keep your rain jacket or windbreaker in top condition, ready to take on whatever April showers may come your way. 


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