Waterproofing doesn’t last forever.

Over time, your snow gear will lose the ability to bead and repel moisture. General wear and dirt will erode that shop-fresh feeling. From spilling a drink to having a yard sale, a dirty jacket will start leaking over time.

Luckily it’s super easy to restore your gear before you head up the mountain for the new season ahead.

The secret is laundry.

Yep. You gotta clean your gear.

Usually, it’s dirt, body oils, sweat, chip grease, and even smoke that covers and degrades the water-repellent coating, making your jacket soak up water. It’s pretty gross.

Regular washing powder is not the answer, as they too can leave behind residues that attract water. Not great for waterproof performance. That’s why it’s key to use a technical cleaner like Nikwax Tech Wash. Tech Wash cleans away the crud without further stripping the water-repellency and inhibiting the breathability of your gear. If your puffer is looking and feeling a bit sad then use Down Wash Direct.

Let’s get into it!

Here’s how to clean:

Check the pockets. Washing a tube of lip balm into your jacket is cause for tears, trust us.
Place jacket(s) in the washing machine. If you only have one jacket, maybe ask a friend if they want a clean jacket too. They can owe you one.
Add Nikwax Tech Wash. In a top-loader add three full caps (150ml) for 1-3 garments or five full caps (250ml) for 4-6 garments. In a front loader, it’s best to add no more than two garments with two capfuls (100ml) of Tech Wash. Special note: If you live in an area with hard water, toss in an extra capful of Tech Wash.
Go about your day letting the machine do the hard work for you.
If your gear isn’t decades old then more often than not, this single cycle will be enough to revitalise your jacket.

But my ski jacket still isn’t waterproof!

Ok, chill. We got this. Over time the water-repellent finish can wear off. When that happens, it’s time to add more waterproofing.

Here’s how to waterproof:

Clean first. Always clean first. Use Tech Wash or Down Was Direct like before, and you don’t even need to wait for your garment to dry, just move right into phase two, using the corresponding waterproofer, TX.Direct or Down Proof.

If you have a top-loading machine, let the machine fill, then add a maximum of 3 garments and 300ml of TX.Direct Wash-In. Run a heavy/warm cycle.
If you have a front-loading machine, add a maximum of 2 garments and 200ml of TX.Direct.
When it comes to drying follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Some garments don’t get along with the dryer. Nikwax does not require heat for activation, so you’re good to go either way.
Put your jacket on and admire your fresh and waterproofed duds in the mirror.

A question we get a lot is “But how often should I be doing all this?!“. Easy. When you notice your jacket looks dirty (don’t be gross- keep it clean!) or when you notice it’s soaking up water.

It’s really that easy.

Now you’re ready to hit the slopes again and laugh at the soggy fools clustered around the fire pit.

Or, maybe you can tell them about taking care of their ski jackets and spread the dryness.