Care Instructions for GORE-TEX outerwear

    It is important to know how to wash your GORE-TEX outerwear properly. Well cared for gear will protect you better and last longer.

    How to care for your GORE-TEX outerwear

    Taking good care of your GORE-TEX garments is easy - and that includes washing your waterproof GORE-TEX outerwear and non-waterproof clothing from the WINDSTOPPER® products by GORE‑TEX LABS range. Be sure to carefully follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions too. (usually found on the inner label).

    Things You'll Need

    Washing Machine • Liquid Detergent • Dryer (recommended) • Iron, towel or cloth (optional, if no dryer available) • Water Repellent Treatment (as needed to restore water repellency)

    Care Instructions

    GORE-TEX Outerwear

    Step 1
    • Before washing, zip the front, pockets and pit zips completely.
    • Fasten any loose flaps and straps.
    Step 2
    • Machine wash (105°F/40°C). 
    • Use a small amount of liquid detergent. 
    • Rinse twice and minimize spinning.
    • Don't use powder detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, or bleach.
    • Don't wash with heavily soiled clothing.
    Step 1
    • Tumble dry on a warm gentle cycle or line dry your outerwear.
    • Don't dry at a high temperature.
    Step 2
    • Once dry, tumble dry for a further 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water repellent (DWR) treatment. 
    • If a dryer isn't available, iron the garment on a gentle setting. 
    • When ironing, protect the garment with a towel or cloth.
    • Don't use steam.
    • You can do this step any time you notice the water repellency needs a boost.
    Step 1
    • If water doesn’t bead and run off after washing, you’ll need to reapply a durable water repellent (DWR). 
    • Use a DWR product of your choice, available as a pump-spray or a wash-in product.
    Step 2
    • Following application, tumble dry your garment for 20 minutes to activate the DWR treatment. 
    • Or iron the dry garment on a gentle setting (warm, no steam) , placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron.
    • Don't apply DWR to GORE-TEX products with a persistent beading surface (e.g. GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ garments). See special care instructions below.
    Special Care
    GORE-TEX garments with persistent beading surfaces

    Washing GORE-TEX garments with persistent beading surfaces (e.g. GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ garments) is slightly different as they have no textile outer layer - the outer layer is the GORE-TEX membrane itself and there's no need for DWR.

    • Machine wash on delicate cycle at 105°F/40°C.
    • Do not dry clean.
    • Do not tumble dry.
    • Do not iron.
    • Do not bleach.
    • Do not apply DWR treatment.


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