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GrumpyPhart

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Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« on: 11:50:24, 13/03/21 »
Anyone got any ideas for cleaning water repellant jackets? I'm wondering if there are any specialist firms that do it. In the past I've used proprietary additives(Nikwax &c) but have sometimes found that after the wash the garment comes out lacking any sort of "body" and resembles a rather limp piece of fabric.
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #1 on: 11:56:23, 13/03/21 »
Dry cleaners?  :-\


Professionally/industrially, I know Bristol Uniforms can do this.
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #2 on: 12:08:50, 13/03/21 »
I took my first sleeping bag to a dry cleaner once, they advertised the service so in my innocence I left it with them. Never again, they ruined it, so since then, I've always done all of my own cleaning.

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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #3 on: 12:16:01, 13/03/21 »
Dry cleaners? 

I suspect that would risk destroying the garment's durable water repellancy.


Try this specialist sports repair company:

Lancashire Sports Repairs Ltd

19 Athletic Street

Burnley

BB10 4LP

01282 439109
[email protected]

https://lancashiresportsrepairs.co.uk/reproofing/
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #4 on: 12:35:05, 13/03/21 »
I took my first sleeping bag to a dry cleaner once, they advertised the service so in my innocence I left it with them. Never again, they ruined it, so since then, I've always done all of my own cleaning.


What happened? Down clotting together, or..?


I have actually never washed my down bag so far. I always use a liner so is it still remarkably clean. It still performs great so I'm very reluctant to mess with it...
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #5 on: 12:41:30, 13/03/21 »
In its 5 year life, I think that I only ONCE washed my Lhotse Gore Tex jacket (I used Texnik or whatever it is called, and it seemed to do the trick - water beaded on the outside - for a while, at least.) As for washing sleeping bags.....


Does that make me a bad person?  :P
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #6 on: 14:15:29, 13/03/21 »
Then I guess it's 'my am bad too' - I use a silk liner and my Alpkit down bag has never been washed (and it doesn't need washed either).

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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #7 on: 15:41:57, 13/03/21 »
The label in my Gore-Tex waterproof simply said wash it in Tech Wash. So I did, and it was quite effective, it was pleasing to see raindrops beading off it again.

I'm thinking of doing something similar to my Thermalite-lined Gore-Tex coat when the weather is warmer. After a few years of general winter wear it smells well-used. The label in that says machine wash with Grangers 2 in 1 cleaner and proofer, do not use fabric conditioner, and tumble dry light.

What happened? Down clotting together, or..?

I once sent a RAB bag away for treatment by the makers of a DWR product and it came back with some of the internal baffles torn. It was probably damaged by being lifted it out of water with the weight of the wet down.

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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #8 on: 15:51:49, 13/03/21 »
Then I guess it's 'my am bad too' - I use a silk liner and my Alpkit down bag has never been washed (and it doesn't need washed either).

Another 'bad' here. Same as you, Richard and Windyrigg - Alpkit bag, silk liner, never washed.

My ME Lhotse waterproof jacket gets washed infrequently - I use the gentlest cycle in the machine with Nikwax Techwash to clean, then Nikwax TX Wash-in to proof.
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #9 on: 16:25:10, 13/03/21 »
Alpkit will reproof jackets etc, (including non alpkit stuff), but fairly pricy..25 quid for one item, 30 quid for two.


Paramo also reproof jackets...but not sure if they do non Paramo stuff. Think they charge more than Alpkit anyway.


In my case, in recent years have ripped my Paramo jacket so often that I rarely need to re-proof myself. (When you send jacket to Paramo for repair they reproof before sending back. Mind you repair is a wee bit expensive.)

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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #10 on: 19:40:42, 13/03/21 »
Another 'bad' here. Same as you, Richard and Windyrigg - Alpkit bag, silk liner, never washed.

My ME Lhotse waterproof jacket gets washed infrequently - I use the gentlest cycle in the machine with Nikwax Techwash to clean, then Nikwax TX Wash-in to proof.


That is the stuff that I meant. :)
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Re: Walking Jackets - Cleaning
« Reply #11 on: 12:08:36, 14/03/21 »
Many thanks all for comments and replies. I would have responded sooner but had a pressing matter to attend to.As others have implied I steer clear of the high street dry cleaners. I don't have the confidence that they realise that they are dealing with a specialised fabric - a bit like getting Timpsons to resole your boots.  >:(
That said, after a bit of googling, it looks like Alpkit do a cleaning service. The only problem is that there's a 4-5 week turn round.
Might be worth a try:
https://alpkit.com/pages/down-wash