Gore Tex and Ventile washing thread...

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Spacemonkey

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Question 1.

What is the best way to wash ventile with minimal disturbance to the proofing agent and what soap to use?

Question 2.

My girly bought herself a nice as new Goretex jacket for £2 in her charity shop she works in... She then shoved it in the machine on a cool wash with all her other stuff... and conditioner...:eek:

So... how can she get the conditioner out so that the membrane can breathe properly. First thing I did was to soak it in water once it came out of the machine, but something tells me it's gonna need more than this...
 

leon-1

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Hi mate, bit of an awkward one there.

Firstly, ventile wash as normal, rinse a couple of times and then wash with some form of pure soap (tech wash). Then re-proof with cotton proof from nikwax. Tumble dry to activate the waterproofing. Effectively if you wash it you will lose some of the proofing from it no matter what.

The goretex is a bit of a nasty as there are no gaurentees, but keep it wet, run it through warm was cycles to try to remove anything that has clogged up the membrane. Then wash with pure soap (tech wash).

Tech wash is a non detergent from nikwax designed for the likes of gore-tex and sympatex. Grangers do a similair product, I think it is Grangers Extreme Cleaner or something along those lines.

I hope this works out for you:)
 

gregorach

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Now there's a point... I'm planing on putting goretex (or similar) patches on the knees and backside of my favourite moleskin trousers - does this mean I won't be able to chuck 'em through the wash?

Given that it's only patches, I guess breathability isn't a huge worry, but it would be nice...
 

oetzi

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Most important with Goretex is to wash it often.
"When worn daily, at the very least once every three month".
Thats the information we got in our shop from swiss manufacturer Mammut, when we sent them a Gore Jacket with defect tapes. The first time any maker of Gore stuff gave an official statement to what we knew for years.
The reason being, that sweat will destroy in the long run the tapes which seal the seams.
Use a normal soap or one of the special detergents available, but do it very often.
For further information, look here:
http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Sate...ing&cid=1147200060347&pagename=SessionWrapper
http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Sate...60553&p=1147200061692&pagename=SessionWrapper
 

steven andrews

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Mar 27, 2004
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Weird..I searched for a Ventile washing thread this morning and couldn't find one, then Spacemonkey starts one this afternoon!!

I received some Grangers Extreme Cleaner Plus yesterday, bought from here:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=12240

It is suitable for washing Gore-Tex and Ventile.

They also do little kits, to wash and reproof garments, one for Synthetic/Breathable, one for Naturals:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=12243

I highly recommend Chain Reaction Cycles. They delivery very quickly - and FOR FREE!!
 

addyb

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Ditto to everything already said.

Also, if you're really bored after you wash your Ventile, you can stand the jacket up on top of your washing machine and do things with the arms to make it pose. :D

Adam
 

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