How to Maintain and Invigorate Your Rainwear
Clever Tips to Maintain & Reinvigorate Your Rain ApparelJust about all rain capes, jackets, coats and other rainwear is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. A membrane that's waterproof and breathable stops water from penetrating you on the inside. That’s a nice combination (we add seam-sealing on top of that). But it’s a DWR that keeps water from saturating your garment.
How DWRs WorkDWRs increase the "surface tension" when water contacts a textile. Microscopically, water droplets are suspend into a nice round shape — a domed bead. The rounder the bead, the easier it rolls of the fabric. The technology is pretty cool. DWR coating doesn’t impair your cape or jacket's breathability. Rather than coating a textile's entire surface, DWR coats individual fibers, and leaves space between the fibers open for breathability.
Keep It Clean
We don't recommend cleaning your garment too frequently. If your poncho or jacket get dirty, spot clean with a rag, warm water, and a mild detergent. Or hand wash for bigger, muddier jobs and hang dry. Test your rainwear by sprinkling or spraying some drops on its exterior. Does it bead up and roll off? Your DWR is in good shape. If you give the fabric a strong shake, does most of the moisture fly off? Great.