We often get asked, “How do you properly take care of and wash technical hunting clothing?” Here are some tips that we think will be helpful.
The first thing you should do after buying any technical hunting clothing is wash it. It may seem silly, but it’s quite important because often the fabric reaches the workshop, goes to production, and from there it goes directly to the store without being washed. The problem is that all fresh from the factory fabrics usually contain traces of materials from the spinning and weaving process, this can eliminate some of the properties of an item. So if you can, was it before your first use.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WASHING TECHNICAL HUNTING CLOTHES
Never wash in temperatures at or above 30 Celsius / 86 Fahrenheit or you may find that your clothing has shrunk. This happens because of the natural fibers in its composition and the high temperatures will cause the fibers to shrink drastically. Another problem with washing in high temperatures is that the heat-sealed zippers can be activated off the adhesive tape. Washing in cold water is best.
Use mild, unscented detergent and forget the fabric softener because it can ruin many of the properties of the clothing. This is caused by many of the softeners compounds inserting into the fibers and fabrics, which can limit the fabrics breathability and/or scent control.
Once everything is washed, it is important not to leave the clothing in the washer for too long or we get color transfer. A reasonable time is
10-20 minutes after washing, but no longer.
Use mild, unscented detergent and forget the fabric softener because it can ruin many of the properties of the clothing. This is caused by many of the softeners compounds inserting into the fibers and fabrics.
THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER WASHING
Never use the dryer. Dryers wear down the fabrics, just look at the amount of lint you get off the lint trap after a load and think about where it all comes from- your clothing! The high temperatures that a dryer generates has the same issues as washing with high temperatures.
Do not use an iron. Technical hunting clothing typically doesn’t wrinkle, but if it does happen and you want to iron them out do so on the minimum temperature to avoid damage.
Hopefully these quick tips will be useful and help you to prolong the life of your gear. We have extensive technical information on our clothing and fabrics in our R&D section.