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    Default Washing gortex,Event,etc

    Im wondering if there is any alternative to the detergent REI sells for gortex/event rain gear? The stuff they sell is pretty expensive for 1-2 washes -$20
    Any advice/suggestions wouyld be greatly appreciated
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    step 1: suit up... step 2: arm the wife with a garden hose... step 3: job complete.... that will be $20 sir

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    Hmmmm wish it was that easy. Been out in the salt for the last 9 days looking for a good deep cleaning so they last more than a yr or two
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    ya i dont have to worry bout salt very often

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    The biggest problem is not in the washing, rather using fabric softener in the drier...that is a big problem. You could run your gear through the wash 2 or 3 tiems without any soap, and you should get it pretty clean. If you use a soap, just use it sparingly...no bleach!
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    2 cycles in the wash, spray with eVent fabric conditioner then hang dry.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    I use Sportwash.
    Now what ?

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    I just had to wash my Montane Superfly XT jacket (eVent fabric) as it was covered in someone's blood, and I used Nikwax Tech Wash, and closely followed Montane's washing instructions and let the jacket air dry on a coat hanger.

    It exceeded all my expectations for cleaning performance. Attachment 59937

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    From: http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satel...g-instructions
    Machine-wash warm (104° F/40° C). Powder or liquid detergent. No fabric softener. Follow manufacturer's instructions.

    Here's similar advice for Simms waders: (http://www.simmsfishing.com/site/about_repairs.html):
    Waders should be washed by hand, in a bathtub, in cold water using a powder detergent. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry, including the feet. Packaging or storing your waders wet may result in mildew and tape peeling. Simms Waders should not be dry-cleaned or put in the dryer. A water repellent treatment, such as Revivex®, will rejuvenate the water-resistant finish on your waders.

    Unscented powder detergent is not hard to find.
    When I asked the Simms rep about Revivex and similar treatments for the DWR coating, he didn't think they were so important. I agree.
    Keeping Goretex and similar fabrics clean (free of oil and dirt) matters. Nothing else as much.

    Good luck.

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