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    1) Clean any detergent from washing machine
    2) Wash with Nikwax Tech Wash at 30Deg
    3) Then wash with Nikwax TX Direct Wash in. Again at 30Deg
    4) slow spin
    5) Dry on washing line.(or Pulley - I don't have a dryer:-) Once feeling dryish, turn it outside in & hang for further time till dry inside & out.

    Job done

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    This is OK for washing but heat is needed to re proof thats why tumble drying is needed


    Quote Originally Posted by Marjie View Post
    1) Clean any detergent from washing machine
    2) Wash with Nikwax Tech Wash at 30Deg
    3) Then wash with Nikwax TX Direct Wash in. Again at 30Deg
    4) slow spin
    5) Dry on washing line.(or Pulley - I don't have a dryer:-) Once feeling dryish, turn it outside in & hang for further time till dry inside & out.

    Job done

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    Sorry if this has been done before, but what's the need to reproof Gortex for?? Surely the point of Gortex is that it's a fabric designed to prevent water entering and shouldn't need to rely on an external coating of waterproofing. Surely any coating would prevent breathability. Confused.

    As an aside I use a Gortex lightweight viz yellow cycle jacket (Gore) and a pair of Sprayway Gortex zip up the leg trousers and when it rains hard (50% of my journey from Geneva) they stop the road crap from covering and expensive set of Rukka. They pack to nothing, weigh nothing. Both are now filthy dirty hence why I'm looking at this thread. Wearing these over the suit meant I could leave all my jacket and trouser vents open underneath. After each day the Rukka gear was bone dry (unlike previous boil-in-the-bag 'solutions') and perfectly clean. £150 for jacket and troos, also bone dry inside despite horrendous rain at times. I don't mind binning £150 every couple of years rather than a very expensive suit. My take on things obviously and won't suit some on here, but working well for me.


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    As I understand it. The holes in Gortex are so small this is why rain doesn't get through. But vapour IE perstpration does get through as its smaller droplets than cold water.

    The tumble dry process helps pull the weave of the Gortex back together nice and tight so as to work. You don't need to add anything to waterproof it.

    Cheers.

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    I use Nikwax at the moment as Tesco were selling litre bottles of both green soapy stuff and the bluey purple waterproofer stuff.

    I just lob the garment in the washing machine with a dose of the green in the wash and a dose of the blue in the fabric conditioner section - seems to work. Garment clean, fresh smelling and the outer fabric beads water.

    When my green is depleted I will go full cheapskate and use the only equivalent of Lux flakes I could find, Wilko Liquid Soap Flakes.
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    Out of interest, this is from the Rukka website:

    for Rukka jackets and trousers

    See the individual care instructions at each product.
    Remove protectors before washing.
    Machine wash inside out on fine wash programme at 30-40°C with normal fine washing powder without soft rinse agent. Rinse thoroughly. Put only one product at a time in the machine.
    Dry clean according to care instructions
    Iron at low temperature (no. 1 setting). Not the reflecting areas
    Tumble dry at low temperature (max 55°C) one item at a time

    Note!

    AirPower products (Cordura AFT material) - No tumble dry

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    Maybe an obvious question, but what if you have no tumble dryer or know anyone that does?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Ming View Post
    Maybe an obvious question, but what if you have no tumble dryer or know anyone that does?
    Launderette or just air dry on a nice day
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    Try your nearest launderette. They have lots of washing machines and a tumble drier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Ming View Post
    Maybe an obvious question, but what if you have no tumble dryer or know anyone that does?
    You DGAF and revel in all that electricity not used.
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    Maybe an obvious question, but what if you have no tumble dryer
    Use an Iron on low heat it does the same thing, it's only to reactivate the dwp on the outer fabric layer so it doesnt get saturated with water which stops goretex working properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AA388 View Post
    Use an Iron on low heat it does the same thing, it's only to reactivate the dwp on the outer fabric layer so it doesnt get saturated with water which stops goretex working properly.
    a Tosser is more likely to have a hair dryer accessible
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    No detergent. It will degrade the DWR. Use Nikwax Tech Wash and reproof with TX Direct.

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