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  • 04 Sep 2018
    People around the world use the softshell jacket for many purposes like campaigning, hiking, working etc. But a few know how to wash a softshell jacket. To restore breathability and maintain water repellency we must wash the jacket regularly.  Many of us think that it is difficult to wash the jacket. If you are thinking that is it difficult? Then the answer is no. You should wash the softshell jacket at least twice a year but it actually depends on how you use it and where you use it. However sometimes washing the softshell jacket might show some defect and then you might need to spray on it as well. Below I will share a quick way to wash a softshell jacket. How to Wash a Softshell Jacket? We can easily wash the softshell jacket. We can wash it by hands or also using the washing machine. To wash it using a washing machine you need to follow some instruction. First, you have to empty out all the pockets. Then close all hook and loop (also known as velcro) fasteners and pockets. This helps to wash the jacket more conveniently. After that set washing machine to normal cycle (usually) and use warm water. Then add a sport-wash detergent. Next, allow the machine to cycle through and completely rinse. Finally, remove the garment from the washing machine and dry on low in the dryer until the jacket is dry to the touch. Often drying the garment will restore the DWR (durable water repellent finish). Which detergent is to use to wash the softshell jacket? It is very important to use the right detergent for the right fabrics. Every fabric has its own uniqueness. So you have to choose the detergent very carefully. Whenever I wash any softshells or any kind of technical apparel I use Nikwax Techwash. This is a very reliable product and it is very easy to use as well. We just have to add two to three cap full of detergent to the washing machine and the rest of the work will be automatically done by your washing machine. After the jacket or the coat is being washed with tech wash then throw it in the dryer. After it is dried the water both repellency and the breathability of the jacket or coat will be restored.   What to do when the jacket is not fully waterproof as before? After successfully washing and drying it in the dryer if it is not still as waterproof as it used to be before then we need to tr something else as well. No need to worry there is always a solution. It seems that the DWR (Durable Water Repellent finish) has been worn off. So, you've properly cleaned your softshell jacket, dried it on low, and it still isn't as waterproof as it used to be. If it looks that the DWR (Durable Water Repellent finish) has worn off then it might the time for a treatment. On the softshell DWRs, there are hydrophobic fabric treatments that resist fabric saturation and they do wear over time. If it begins to wet out then it’s probably the right time to start the treatment. How to use Nikwax Softshell proof on your softshell jacket? While using Nikwax Softshell Proof on your softshell jacket you need to follow some guidelines. First, you need to put your softshell jacket in the washing machine and then you need to fill it with warm water. Next step is to add the entire 10 oz bottle of Nikwax Softshell Proof in the water. Then run the machine to warm, heavy and low water level. Finally air dry or tumble dry on low. How to use Nikwax Spray-on softshell proof? The second way is to use the Nikwax Spray-on Softshell proof. There are also some instructions to use this product on your softshell jacket. At first, you need to hang the properly cleaned softshell jacket outside of the room. Then hold a bottle of Nikwax Spray about 6 inches from the fabric and spray evenly on the softshell jacket. After spraying you need to wait for about two minutes and remove any excess drips from the softshell jacket. After the excess drips are removed from the jacket then let the jacket dry. Just hang it to get dried up quickly.   Final words: However to get the best result it is good to use the combination of wash-in and spray-on applications on the softshell jackets. We have already mentioned some of the names of detergent and spray which can be used to wash your softshell jacket.  It usually works better than the application of any one of them. As we use the softshell jacket on daily basis and it is used in doing rough works so it gets dirty and also it sometimes stinks.
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  • People around the world use the softshell jacket for many purposes like campaigning, hiking, working etc. But a few know how to wash a softshell jacket. To restore breathability and maintain water repellency we must wash the jacket regularly.  Many of us think that it is difficult to wash the jacket. If you are thinking that is it difficult? Then the answer is no. You should wash the softshell jacket at least twice a year but it actually depends on how you use it and where you use it. However sometimes washing the softshell jacket might show some defect and then you might need to spray on it as well. Below I will share a quick way to wash a softshell jacket. How to Wash a Softshell Jacket? We can easily wash the softshell jacket. We can wash it by hands or also using the washing machine. To wash it using a washing machine you need to follow some instruction. First, you have to empty out all the pockets. Then close all hook and loop (also known as velcro) fasteners and pockets. This helps to wash the jacket more conveniently. After that set washing machine to normal cycle (usually) and use warm water. Then add a sport-wash detergent. Next, allow the machine to cycle through and completely rinse. Finally, remove the garment from the washing machine and dry on low in the dryer until the jacket is dry to the touch. Often drying the garment will restore the DWR (durable water repellent finish). Which detergent is to use to wash the softshell jacket? It is very important to use the right detergent for the right fabrics. Every fabric has its own uniqueness. So you have to choose the detergent very carefully. Whenever I wash any softshells or any kind of technical apparel I use Nikwax Techwash. This is a very reliable product and it is very easy to use as well. We just have to add two to three cap full of detergent to the washing machine and the rest of the work will be automatically done by your washing machine. After the jacket or the coat is being washed with tech wash then throw it in the dryer. After it is dried the water both repellency and the breathability of the jacket or coat will be restored.   What to do when the jacket is not fully waterproof as before? After successfully washing and drying it in the dryer if it is not still as waterproof as it used to be before then we need to tr something else as well. No need to worry there is always a solution. It seems that the DWR (Durable Water Repellent finish) has been worn off. So, you've properly cleaned your softshell jacket, dried it on low, and it still isn't as waterproof as it used to be. If it looks that the DWR (Durable Water Repellent finish) has worn off then it might the time for a treatment. On the softshell DWRs, there are hydrophobic fabric treatments that resist fabric saturation and they do wear over time. If it begins to wet out then it’s probably the right time to start the treatment. How to use Nikwax Softshell proof on your softshell jacket? While using Nikwax Softshell Proof on your softshell jacket you need to follow some guidelines. First, you need to put your softshell jacket in the washing machine and then you need to fill it with warm water. Next step is to add the entire 10 oz bottle of Nikwax Softshell Proof in the water. Then run the machine to warm, heavy and low water level. Finally air dry or tumble dry on low. How to use Nikwax Spray-on softshell proof? The second way is to use the Nikwax Spray-on Softshell proof. There are also some instructions to use this product on your softshell jacket. At first, you need to hang the properly cleaned softshell jacket outside of the room. Then hold a bottle of Nikwax Spray about 6 inches from the fabric and spray evenly on the softshell jacket. After spraying you need to wait for about two minutes and remove any excess drips from the softshell jacket. After the excess drips are removed from the jacket then let the jacket dry. Just hang it to get dried up quickly.   Final words: However to get the best result it is good to use the combination of wash-in and spray-on applications on the softshell jackets. We have already mentioned some of the names of detergent and spray which can be used to wash your softshell jacket.  It usually works better than the application of any one of them. As we use the softshell jacket on daily basis and it is used in doing rough works so it gets dirty and also it sometimes stinks.
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