Your snow gear is happy to handle long stints of no washing, but sometimes things just don’t go to plan. A coffee spill, a muddy puddle or even a t-sauce dribble. That’s when the time calls for a wash. But, how do you wash snow gear?
In this guide we will show you the tips and tricks for well maintained ski jackets and pants. That way, they’ll keep performing day-after-day, no matter how many mishaps you manage.
How to wash snow gear
Before we jump into the washing process, it’s important to remember, your ski and snowboard gear is not the same as normal clothing. This means washing them will also be a little different to your normal routine.
Being a technical piece of clothing, your ski jackets and pants have a special waterproof coating and membrane that needs to be taken care of. Investing in a technical wash is a must. Our vote, opt for an eco-option.
Now you have your technical wash, we can jump into the cleaning process.
Step 1: Shake and Prep
A good wash starts with good prep. Give your snow gear a gentle shake to remove any excess snow and dirt. It’s the pre-game to your washing party.
Step 2: Load ‘Em Up
Now it’s time to check the care label. Most modern snow jackets and snow pants can handle a cold gentle cycle, but it’s always best to check first.
If you’ve decided you're good to go, now is the time to reach for that tech wash. Generally, you can wash up to four pieces of snow gear at a time. But again, check the instructions before going in guns blazing.
Pop your gear in the washing machine, add the desired detergent and push go (also known as the start button).
Step 3: Air it Out
Step away from the dryer.
Due to their high heat, dryers can lead to unwanted surprises. The aim of the game is to avoid any fashion transformations.
Instead, it’s best to take it old school. Opt to hang your snow gear up in a well-ventilated area inside. Alternatively, you can also take it outside if it’s a sunny day, but try to keep out of direct sunlight.
Step 4: The Bonus Step
Want to know the secret to keeping your snow outerwear waterproof for longer? If your gear has had a season of wear, re-applying a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating is always a good idea.
All you need to do is grab a DWR spray made specifically for technical outerwear, and follow the instructions to a tee. Normally it’s as simple as spray and wait.
When choosing your DWR spray, make sure to invest in one that is PFC-free. By omitting nasty chemicals you’re benefitting from a treatment that’s good for you and good for the planet.
Eco Tips for Washing Snow Clothing
When cleaning of any kind, including snow gear, try to be mindful of Mother Nature. She’s the only one we have.
To keep your washing planet-friendly opt for:
- Eco-friendly detergents
- Wash full loads to save water
- Air dry as much as possible
- Wash less often
These little acts of love towards the environment can go a long way in helping you explore further while treading lighter.
How to Store Ski Jackets and Pants
When you decide to hang your ski boots up for the season, don’t stash and forget your ski clothing into the dark depths of a cupboard, only to be picked back up again in a year's time.