Not only are GORE-TEX® garments built to last, but they are also easy to care for. Routine care will ensure excellent performance and extend their useful life. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions–typically found on the care and content label.
Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all hook and loop closures.
Our Wet Weather Protective gear is designed to provide exceptional weather protection and breathability. Garments naturally build-up dirt and other surface contaminants such as petroleum, oils and lubricants which can reduce the effectiveness of the textile’s performance and breathability. Routine care and maintenance ensure the optimum performance of your WWP Gear.
Properly washing and drying your WWP Gear helps to remove dirt and other contaminants to increase the garment’s breathability, longevity and revitalizes the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment that is critical to the performance of a GORE-TEX® garment.
Wash your GORE-TEX® garment in the washing machine in warm (105°F/40°C) water using a permanent press or gentle cycle setting. For best results use a small amount of liquid detergent, preferably a scent-free detergent. Rinse twice to remove any residual cleaning chemicals.
Try and avoid washing your GORE-TEX® garment with other heavily-soiled clothing. However, you can wash moderate or light soiled garments together.
NOTE: Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance and DWR treatment.
Do not use chlorine bleach.
It only takes 20 minutes of tumble-drying to revitalize the durable water repellent (DWR) finish of a GORE-TEX® garment.
We recommend a gentle cycle with medium heat. Because today’s high-efficiency dryers shut off as soon as the moisture rate inside the dryer reaches a certain level, continue the cycle an additional 20 minutes to reactivate the DWR.
If unable to tumble dry, iron the dry garment on a gentle setting (warm, no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. This will help reactivate the DWR treatment on your garment’s outer fabric.
We recommend home laundering. Do not dry clean.
Arrowhead Equipment’s Wet Weather Protective Solutions use GORE-TEX® and have an ultra-thin treatment of DWR, or durable water repellent on the face fabric. This treatment causes water to bead up and roll off the outer layer of the garment, instead of being absorbed or wetting out. DWR is not what keeps you dry in a GORE-TEX® garment. Its benefit is to prevent loss of breathability and performance caused when a garment wets out.
DWR is not permanent. Regular wear and tear, plus exposure to dirt, oils and other impurities diminish the protective DWR treatment. When water no longer beads up on your garment’s outer fabric, you can restore its DWR properties by using a topical spray-pump or a wash-in DWR treatment available at retail outdoor stores. These special treatments help maintain and restore the DWR on the outer shell fabric of the garment so that it remains water and stain repellent.
DWR is reactivated after a standard wash & dry cycle. Once the garment is dry, we recommend an extra 20 minutes of tumble-drying to fully revitalize the DWR treatment. DWR is not permanent and if a garment wets out quickly after being reactivated, it’s time to restore it.
When drying the garment no longer revitalizes DWR, it’s time to restore. When the factory-applied DWR treatment needs to be restored, apply a new DWR treatment available as a pump-spray or wash-in product to the garment’s outer fabric. A spray-on DWR is easy to use and more efficient. After washing the garment, shake to remove excess water, close all pockets and hang, preferably in an open area. Spray the new treatment evenly onto the wet face-fabric. Toss garment into a tumble dryer on a medium heat setting for 40 to 50 minutes. Now you can reactivate the DWR until you notice it needs to be restored again. We Recommend Grangers® products.
Any form of alteration to your GORE-TEX® garment after purchase, including repairs, logo embroidery, or fit alterations, should be done at a Gore-certified facility. Otherwise, you might compromise the waterproof protection of your garment, usually via small needle holes that have not been sealed. If you need to change your garment in any way, contact us to locate a certified repair facility.
You can temporarily fix minor punctures and tears with a GORE -TEX® Fabric Repair Kit, available at specialty outdoor stores. These special adhesive patches allow you to make instant repairs to preserve the waterproof integrity of your outerwear until you can get it to a certified repair center. Please contact our customer service team for assistance with repairs.