I’ve got a Hein Gericke textile jacket. I’ve had it since last winter and it could probably do with a wash now. However, my missus accidently threw out the blurb that it came with and I’ve had no joy on the website in terms of cleaning instructions. There’s nowt on the jacket. I would nip over to Stockwell to ask, but I’m on nights until next week and I’d rather get it done ASAP.
I’d imagine it’s a case of removing the armour and putting it on a cool wash? It’s mainly the inside that could do with a spruce - the outside’s in decent nick.
You can wash textiles in the washing machine on the lowest temperature setting using Nikwax Tech Wash to clean it and then Nikwax TX direct to waterproof. It really works and leaves your jacket smelling fresh plus your zips will slide smoothly due to the layer of wax. If you clean your textile jeans in this manner too than your arse will slide about on your seat for a bit.
But for extra cleaning and proofing, nip up to camping shops like Millets or Black’s and take a look at the Nikwax range. They make wash in cleaners suitable for Gotex and Cordura, that also re proof the waterproof-ness-ness. Around £8 a bottle and you should get 3 washes out of one of those
If it is polyester or nylon it will be fine in a 40 degree wash with your regular bio detergent.
I would take the armour out tho’
I’d suggest an extra rinse if you are planning to waterproof it afterwards.
If it is Gore-tex (or similar) then check out the Gore-tex website as it will benefit from tumble drying - as this is important in retaining the water repellant properties. Read up on doing this first though as it may not be the case with your jacket and it may melt!.
The breathability of fabrics (like Gore tex) is impaired by using fabric softeners or some proofing compounds.
‘Bio’ detergents contain enzymes which break down protein and fat based stains in clothes. They do not ‘clog’ the pores in breathable fibres.
The breathability of fibres is compromised by lipids (fats) which are found in softeners and many proofing products.
Gore-tex specifically recommend the use of tumble drying to restore the DWR (durable water repellent) coating applied to their products. I agree tumble drying should be used with caution on most (non-gore-tex) textiles but to say ‘never tumble dry’ is not correct.
Washing textiles is in reality nothing to worry about . . .
They are made of tough non absorbent fabrics (nylons, polyesters etc); the only thing to worry about is if they have leather patches or specialist fibres (like Goretex, Keprotec etc) that need ‘unusual’ treatments (like tumble drying) to get the best from them.
Things to ‘worry’ about washing are things like wool, cashmere, alpaca etc etc