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    Cleaning Goretex

    tips wanted on washing Rukka Goretex suit.
    I was told, put it in the washing machine with a mild detergent, drip dry and then into the tumble dryer for 15 mins to "reset" the waterproofing. Rukka website says about the same but recommends their own cleaning stuff

    Is this right?

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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outtomunch View Post
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    Make sure the washing machine is free from any build-up of conditioners and softeners first.
    Boil wash empty helps.

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    Do a cold wash of towels with no detergent etc first, this gets rid of any fabric conditioner which you don't want near any goretex fabrics.

    I use nik wax cleaner, on all my rukka and hein gericke textiles. Light scrubbing with a nail brush with neat fluid on really dirty bits then a 30°c wash and then drip dry on the cloths line. I've never used the tumble drier bit, (mainly as I'm a tight fisted Scotsman) and haven't had any issues.

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    Buy some washing machine cleaner and clean the tray before you start the process of cleaning the washing machine. Then use it to wash the Goretex. Any detergent or softener residue will affect the Goretex function over time. Been using Nikwax for years.

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    How about a 1000 mile ride back from Italy in the pissing rain, often torrential - all our gear, even the bike, was clean when we got back to Blighty, not a dead fly in sight. A few leaks on SWMBOs jacket though, which went back to Dianese/Goretex for repair (faulty panel with insufficient seam allowance).

    Contamination from fabric conditioner is a real concern though IMHO, so we usually wash the gear in the bath, with a specialist wash from Cotswold, then maybe tumble dry.

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    Remove all of the armour , make sure that your passport isn't in the bottom of the inside pocket , wash as per instructions using the correct Nik Wax or similar cleaner and then reproof the outside with a goretex spray .

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    Definitely don't use detergent mild or otherwise, soap is what you use. Put the washing machine through a cycle empty to get rid of any detergent from previous uses, really don't want to risk detergent ruining the goretex.

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    Lux soap flakes or whatever they are called nowadays.

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    thanks all...its the tumble dry bit I am not so sure about....Rukka don't recommend so I wont

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantmac View Post
    thanks all...its the tumble dry bit I am not so sure about....Rukka don't recommend so I wont
    As long as it is a "Low" heat it should be fine I think that they worry that folks will start a tumble and forget to turn it off after 15 mins or that it should be a Low heat etc etc
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    Tumble drying is the most important part (for jackets with Gortex under the jacket main material - for Gore laminate I'm not sure?)

    There is a water repellent coating on the outer jacket (which needs reapplying every few washes). When it's working properly it causes the water to bead on the jacket surface rather than soak through and thus helps the Gortex do it's job. This needs 're-activating' after a wash whether you've reapplied it or just reactivating an existing coating. Heat is what re-activates it.

    Any way, as with all things OP, don't take anybody's word for it on here, look at the Gortex web site for some very good info on how to look after the various types of Gortex construction.

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    Hi
    I Sell this I use it on my two Rukka Armas jackets and Cosmic pants all the time PLUS its TANAM AND RUKKA Approved...

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Storm-Wash...e=STRK:MESE:IT


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    Quote Originally Posted by grantmac View Post
    tips wanted on washing Rukka Goretex suit.
    I was told, put it in the washing machine with a mild detergent, drip dry and then into the tumble dryer for 15 mins to "reset" the waterproofing. Rukka website says about the same but recommends their own cleaning stuff

    Is this right?

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    Yes Rukka needs to be tumbled a sits a HEAT cure process and the other important factor is remove all D30 or amour then turn garment inside out before setting off the wash cycle.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Storm-Wash...e=STRK:MESE:IT

    Quote Originally Posted by Outtomunch View Post
    Tumble drying is the most important part (for jackets with Gortex under the jacket main material - for Gore laminate I'm not sure?)

    There is a water repellent coating on the outer jacket (which needs reapplying every few washes). When it's working properly it causes the water to bead on the jacket surface rather than soak through and thus helps the Gortex do it's job. This needs 're-activating' after a wash whether you've reapplied it or just reactivating an existing coating. Heat is what re-activates it.

    Any way, as with all things OP, don't take anybody's word for it on here, look at the Gortex web site for some very good info on how to look after the various types of Gortex construction.

    Andres

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