Cleverhood Waterproof Garment Care
All our rainwear is made with high performance fabrics. Our rainwear fabrics feature a membrane that’s waterproof and breathable. For the tech fabric nerds, between 15-20k/15-20k waterproof/breathable. We then treat the fabric with a PFC free C6 durable water repellent (DWR). That’s a good combination. Then we heat tape all seams, keeping rain from slipping through any stitching.
A little more info about DWRs
DWRs increase the “surface tension” when water contacts a textile. Microscopically, water droplets suspend into a nice round shape — a domed bead. The rounder the bead, the easier it rolls off the fabric.
DWRs coat individual fibers and leaves microscopic space between the fibers for breathability. The technology is pretty cool.
We sat down with some Chemists that have been designing state-of-the-art durable water repellents for over 45 years. They design coatings which all the top outerwear brands use. This is how they care for their DWR garments.
Do not wash your garment, frequently. In fact, put off that first wash as long as possible to preserve the DWR. If your garment gets dirty, spot clean with a rag, cold water, and a mild detergent. When you do finally wash, machine wash cold with just a little mild detergent, machine dry warm. The low heat helps reinvorgorate the DWR.
We do not recommend adding a spray-on or wash-in DWR, this will inhibit the performance of your original DWR.
Feel free to drop us a line at Help@Cleverhood.com if you have any questions or just want to nerd out on garment performance/construction.