A well cared for garment will last and last which is why we offer this advice to help make your Keela garment go on pushing the boundaries time after time.
Routine care and maintenance on your part will ensure the highest performance from your Keela garment and ensure a longer lifespan.
Dirt accumulating on the outer surface of a waterproof garment attracts water and reduces the performance of breathable pores in the fabric. This in effect will rapidly reduce the breathability of the garment down to almost nothing. You should brush off any surface dirt regularly and keep oil and grease away from your garment; if after this your garments breathability is still affected you will need to wash it.
Please note that you should only wash your garment when it is required and breathability is impaired; frequent washing will wear a garment much faster than normal.
- Always hang to dry
- Brush off surface dirt regularly
- Avoid DEET and hair spray/perfumes
- Avoid oil/grease
- Do not dry on radiators
- Do not use bleach, softeners, conditioners, harsh detergents, etc
- Do not spin dry
- Do not dry clean
- Do not leave folded when wet
Storing Items in Pockets
Please note that we cannot guarantee against moisture build-up inside pockets.
We recommend placing all electronics into a suitable waterproof container before placing inside a pocket.
Steps to Wash Waterproofs
- Close all zips and Velcro fastenings on your jacket
- You should use pure soap or specialist soap cleaner for waterproof garments
– For example soap flakes
- Hand wash, or machine wash at 30-40°C
– If using a machine, ensure it is clean of any existing detergent residue
– Don’t wash your waterproofs with non-waterproof items, or more than two garments at a time
- Ensure garments are thoroughly rinsed after washing
- We suggest hanging your garment up to drip-dry
- If you notice that the fabric of your jacket or trousers is absorbing rather than repelling water you may also need to reproof your garment.
- Do not use bleach, fabric softeners, conditioners, harsh detergents (including Woolite) or biological washing powders/liquids
- Do not dry clean
- Do not spin dry
Many commercial soaps and detergents have added perfumes, brighteners, whiteners etc; and these are not recommended as they can negatively interact with the waterproof coatings/membranes and the DWR finish. Conditioners and softeners also inhibit the wickability of garments especially base layers.
- Do not leave your garments rolled up or folded when wet
- Do not hang garments on radiators or near hot heat sources
– You can dry your garments in a low temperature dryer and if necessary use a cool iron; however be aware that
- high temperatures can damage your garments
Why Do I Need to Reproof?
Re-proofing of your garment is just as important as washing; this is because although the fabric is treated with a water repellent finish this does not last forever and will wear off over time.
When the DWR finish has worn off, the surface fabric will begin to “wet out” (absorb water).
When this happens, you should use a specialist DWR reproofer as required.
WARNING – SDP Garments
For System Dual Protection garments, avoid reproofing products which are designed to be used with a washing machine.
What is DWR?
DWR stands for Durable Water Repellent. Over time the original DWR treatment on a waterproof garment will wear off, so a DWR treatment (also referred to as ‘reproofing’) is used to re-apply the water repellency.
Steps to Reproof
- Ensure your garment is clean – any dirt or other substance on your jacket can stop the reproofer ‘bonding’ to the jacket.
- Choose your reproofer
- Read the instructions on your specific reproofer carefully before beginning, as each one will have different requirements (for example, some work best if the garment is dry, and others work best if the garment is damp).