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Do It YourselfDo-it-Yourself: Caring for Your Foul Weather Gear


Foul Weather Gear

Henri Lloyd Shockwave offshore gear.

Technical boating clothing - your foul weather gear and the layers of specialized clothing you wear underneath - are wonderfully efficient, purpose-built garments. They’re somewhat expensive - OK, they can be just plain pricey - but great technical clothing really is worth the cost just when the conditions are nastiest. How can you keep your foulies and mid-layer garments doing their jobs for as long as possible? It’s easy. Just follow the label instructions on the inside of the garment and the instructions below, and you will improve the longevity of your gear.

Cleaning Do’s

Outerweargarments: rinse fabric thoroughly and completely in fresh water after use. Open and close all pop studs, zippers and snaps to remove any salt residue. Remember that salt is a desiccant - it will attract moisture - so a good rinse is especially important if you use your gear in salt water. Hand wash separately with soap flakes, or machine wash on warm with a small quantity of mild powder detergent, using the delicate setting. Drip dry naturally, away from direct heat.

Base layers and technical apparel: machine wash at warm temperature. Do not use fabric softeners, because they can reduce the garment’s wicking performance. Since these are quick drying, just hang them up to dry, instead of tumble-drying.

Cleaning Don’ts

  • Do not dry clean: chemicals in dry cleaning solutions destroy fabric coatings and laminates.
  • Do not use bleach: use powdered detergent sparingly.
  • Do not wring: wringing out fabric can break down the composition of the fabric’s layers and damage your gear’s ability of function.
  • Do not store wet. Leaving your gear salty or damp causes mildew to form. Store dried garments hung up or folded loosely.
  • Do not iron.
Foul Weather Gear

Grundéns Herkules 16 bibs.

Stain Removal

Adhesive tape: rub with ice,scrape with a dull knife, sponge with powdered detergent, wash.

Fish blood: soak in coolwater, rub with powdered detergent, rinse, wash.

Chewing gum: harden withice, scrape with a dull knife (it can also be softened with egg white), spongeoff with detergent, wash.

Coffee, tea: soak withwarm water, rub with powdered detergent, clean area with warm to hot water.

Deodorants: scrub withwhite vinegar, rinse, rub with powdered detergent, clean area with warm to hotwater.

Fruits andjuices: soak with powdered detergent, wash. If stain remains try white vinegar andclean area with warm to hot water.

Grease: scrape offall excess with dull knife or apply absorbent powder (talcum or cornstarch) andbrush off. Treat with powdered detergent and clean area with warm to hot water.

Mildew: rub with warmlemon juice, dry in the sun, rub with powdered detergent, clean area with warmto hot water.

Mud: soak withpowdered detergent and wash with warm water.

Restoring the DWR (Durable WaterRepellent) coating

When your foul weather gear’s active DWR fluoropolymer layer fails, you may notice that the fabric leaks or is no longer breathable. If the fabric wets out you will feel clammy and damp because of convective and evaporative heat loss from the body to the garment. Condensation may form on the inside of the garment, causing you to get wet. Below is a list of simple steps to follow when water no longer beads up:

Washing

  • Wash the garment on gentle cycle with warm water and without detergent. Do not use fabric softeners, as they can further damage the DWR. Whenever possible use a front-loading, instead of a top-loading washing machine.
  • Tumble dry on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes (unless the instructions on the garment’s label call for line drying only).
  • Alternatively, you can hand wash garments in a sink or tub. Fill sink with just enough water to cover the garments and add cleaner. Gently knead all areas to remove dirt and stains. Rinse thoroughly until water runs clear.

Washingheavily soiled garments

  • Spot clean heavily soiled areas. Wash the garment on gentle cycle with warm water (and a non-detergent soap, if available, like Revivex Synthetic Fabric Cleaner.
  • Do not use a liquid detergent, as they contain emulsifiers that will further damage the DWR. Do not use fabric softeners.
  • Tumble dry on low to medium heat for about 45 minutes (unless the care label calls for line-drying only)

In most cases washing will be enough to remedy a temporary failure of the DWR. However, after extended use in extreme conditions you may experience permanentfailure of the DWR. Follow these simple steps when permanent failure happens.

  • Wash the garment following the above instructions.
  • Treat with a product designed to restore the DWR. (Henri Lloyd HL Renew, Musto’s Grangers XT DWR Replacement, or Revivex Wash-in Water and Stain Repellent).
  • The use of a spray-on DWR is not necessary, but it can increase the effectiveness of the DWR restoring treatment. Revivex Water Repellent for Outerwear is one spray-on DRW treatment.
  • Maintain the DWR by cleaning the garment. Henri Lloyd products are rated to have 80 percent of the DWR performance after 20 home launderings.
Foul Weather Gear

Sperry Seahiker boot.

Footwear Care

Care for your rubber boots by:

  • Rinsing boots thoroughly after every use
  • Washing with mild soap and water if needed
  • Allowing the boots to dry thoroughly in a cool, dry place, preferably by hanging them on a boot rack or using a boot dryer. You may also stuff your boot with newspaper if you want to help dry out the inside, and you can remove the inner footbeds to speed drying time
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may contribute to drying out and stiffening of materials
  • Treat rubber boots regularly with a rubber conditioner

Care for your breathable boots by:

Cleaning

Remove salt and grit by washing under a tap or hose with fresh water. The outside ofthe boots can be cleaned with a warm non-detergent soap solution and rinsedthoroughly. Use a stiff brush to remove stubborn residue. You can also clean the inside of the boot with fresh water and a non-detergent soap. Wipe well toremove excess water inside and out.

Foul Weather Gear

Dubarry Ultima Stretch Boot is a fully breathable sailing boot with Gore-TEX® lining.

Drying

Breathable boots should be allowed to dry naturally away from a direct heat source. You can improve the drying time by placing screwed up newspaper inside the boots. For best results dry for at least 48 hours.

Protecting

Once fully dried, your boots can be treated with a shoe care product such as Nikwax conditioner for leather. This will soften the leather and add a degree of water-repellency to the outside of the boot.

Foul weather gear and the layers of specialized clothing you wear underneath are wonderfully efficient, purpose-built garments. They’re somewhat expensive - OK, they can be just plain pricey but great technical clothing really is worth the cost just when the conditions are nastiest. How can you keep your foulies and mid-layer garments doing their jobs for as long as possible? It’s easy. Just follow the label instructions on the inside of the garment and the instructions below, and you will improve the longevity of your gear.

Cleaning Do’s

Outerwear Garments: Rinse fabric thoroughly and completely in fresh water after use. Open and close all pop studs, zippers and snaps to remove any salt residue. Remember that salt is a desiccant (it will attract moisture) so a good rinse is especially important if you use your gear in salt water. Hand wash separately with soap flakes, or machine wash on warm with a small quantity of mild powder detergent, using the delicate setting. Drip dry naturally, away from direct heat.

Base layers and technical apparel: Machine wash at warm temperature. Do not use fabric softeners, because they can reduce the garment’s wicking performance. Since these are quick drying, just hang them up to dry, instead of tumble-drying.

Cleaning Don’ts

  • Do not dry clean: Chemicals in dry-cleaning solutions destroy fabric coatings and laminates.
  • Do not use bleach: Use powdered detergent sparingly.
  • Do not wring: Wringing out fabric can break down the composition of the fabric's layers and damage your gear’s ability of function.
  • Do not store wet. Leaving your gear salty or damp causes mildew to form. Store dried garments hung up or folded loosely.
  • Do not iron.

Stain Removal

Adhesive tape: rub with ice, scrape with a dull knife, sponge with powdered detergent, wash.

Fish blood: soak in cool water, rub with powdered detergent, rinse, wash.

Chewing gum: harden with ice, scrape with a dull knife (it can also be softened with egg white), sponge off with detergent, wash.

Coffee, tea: soak with warm water, rub with powdered detergent, clean area with warm to hot water.

Deodorants: scrub with white vinegar, rinse, rub with powdered detergent, clean area with warm to hot water.

Fruits and juices: soak with powdered detergent, wash. If stain remains try white vinegar and clean area with warm to hot water.

Grease: scrape off all excess with dull knife or apply absorbent powder (talcum or cornstarch) and brush off. Treat with powdered detergent and clean area with warm to hot water.

Mildew: rub with warm lemon juice, dry in the sun, rub with powdered detergent, clean area with warm to hot water.

Mud: soak with powdered detergent and wash with warm water.

Restoring The DWR (Durable Water Repellent) Coating

When your foul weather gear’s active DWR fluoropolymer layer fails, you may notice that the fabric leaks or is no longer breathable. If the fabric wets out you will feel clammy and damp because of convective and evaporative heat loss from the body to the garment. Condensation may form on the inside of the garment, causing you to get wet. Below is a list of simple steps to follow when water no longer beads up:

Washing

  • Wash the garment on gentle cycle with warm water and without detergent. Do not use fabric softeners, as they can further damage the DWR.
  • Tumble dry on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes (unless the instructions on the care label call for line drying only).

Washing Heavily Soiled Garments

  • Spot clean heavily soiled areas. Wash the garment on gentle cycle with warm water (and a non-detergent soap, if available, like Revivex Synthetic Fabric Cleaner: www.revivex.com).
  • Do not use a liquid detergent, as they contain emulsifiers that will further damage the DWR. Do not use fabric softeners.
  • Tumble dry on low to medium heat for about 45 minutes (unless the care label calls for line-drying only)

In most cases washing will be enough to remedy a temporary failure of the DWR. However, after extended use in extreme conditions you may experience permanent failure of the DWR. Follow these simple steps when permanent failure happens.

  • Wash the garment following the above instructions.
  • Treat with a product designed to restore the DWR. (Henri Lloyd HL Renew, Musto’s Grangers XT DWR Replacement, or Revivex Wash-in Water and Stain Repellent).
  • The use of a spray-on DWR is not necessary, but it can increase the effectiveness of the DWR restoring treatment. Revivex Water Repellent for Outerwear is one spray-on DRW treatment.
  • Maintain the DWR by cleaning the garment. Henri Lloyd products are rated to have 80% of the DWR performance after 20 home launderings.