Routine care and maintenance is critical for the optimum performance of your Ferox Porelle garment. Dirt buildup and body oils from sweat can compromise the membrane and overall effectiveness of the textile’s Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment. DWR encourages water to roll off the surface - this is called ‘beading’. Regularly washing and re-applying DWR will restore the performance and extend the lifespan of your Porelle garment.
Why you should clean your Ferox garment?
When to wash your Ferox garment?
It depends on how often and how hard you use your gear. As a rule of thumb: Heavy use (e.g. running, ski-touring) – wash every 10 to 12 days of use Light use (e.g. dog walking, urban use) – wash every 20 to 30 days of use Use your best judgment. If your garment looks dirty or is no longer beading water, it’s time to give it a wash.
How to wash your Ferox garment?
SETP 1: PREPARTION
STEP 2: WASH
STEP 3: RE-APPLY DWR
STEP 4: DRY
- Close the main and pit zippers
- Open pocket zippers
- Release tension on all elastic drawcords
- Loosen and secure the cuff Velcro
- Put your garment in the machine and add cleaning agent (see below for recommended agents)
- Wash on low heat (30°C/86°F) at regular cycle setting
It is advised to use a second rinse cycle to remove any residual soap which will compromise DWR and garment performance
If your garment is no longer beading water, it is time to re-apply DWR
A spray-on DWR treatment will offer superior performance and the ability to target high-wear areas
- Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On
- ReviveX Durable Water Repellent
- Fibertec Blue Guard Spray-On
- Remove your garment from the machine and shake off any excess water
- Close all zippers
- Hang the garment and spray DWR on the face fabric - concentrating on high-wear area
- Turn the garment inside out for maximum uptake by the face fabric before placing in dryer
Place your damp garment in the dryer on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes (or until dry to the touch) to effectively activate DWR
Which cleaning agent to use?
When possible, use a cleaning agent made specifically for technical fabrics. Outdoor specialty retailers carry various brands.
- ReviveX Pro Cleaner
- NikWax Tech Wash
- Grangers Performance Wash
- Fibertec Pro Wash
You may also use a liquid free-rinsing soap or gentle detergent. Avoid detergents that contain fabric softeners, fragrance, whiteners or colorants. We recommend running an extra rinse cycle on your washing machine to ensure any potential residue is fully removed from your garment.