Well, the rainy season is upon us and Matthew Davies knows that waterproof rain jackets don’t continue to bead up water like they do when they are brand new. Most of the time when this happens, people tend to just buy a new one. This is an incredible waste of money. Instead of buying a new one, he is going to give you some steps that you can take to make it last a little longer. So, before you throw that jacket out or donate it to someone, make sure that you give this article a quick read.
The first step that you need to do is to wash the jacket. This may sound a little counterintuitive but trust him on this one. The way that your jacket works is by having durable water-repellant (DWR) molecules in between the spaces of your jacket. Well, when your jacket gets dirty, they kind of push those molecules out of the way and prevent them from doing their job. This is the primary reason that waterproof jackets stop working. The way that you can combat this is by giving the jacket a trip through the washer. This will knock out all the dirt and realign the DWR molecules so they can continue to do their job.
After you wash it a certain number of times, the fabric will become looser than when you first bought it. That will allow for spaces to let water in. Well, all you have to do when it comes to that is iron it. Now, you are not going to want to iron it as you would a pair of slacks or your dress shirt. All you are going to do is to set your iron to low and turn the steam on. This will allow the iron to ever so slightly press the fabric back together. This will realign the fabric and the molecules and restore the jacket to its former glory.
If you have tried both of the steps above and your jacket is still leaking like a rusty bucket, then it might just be time to reapply a waterproof treatment to the jacket. To do this, you are going to want to make sure that you take the two above steps prior to applying the waterproofing product. The most important step is making sure the fabric is prepared to receive the treatment. When you are ready to apply the waterproofing, take it outside and hang it up. Then give it a liberal spray down and allow to dry for at least 12 hours. It would be best if you could wait for up to 24 hours.
Matthew Davies hopes that he has saved you a little bit of money from replacing your waterproof rain jacket. Remember, always look for a way to repair things before you just decide that they are no longer good. Often times you will find that you can restore things to their almost new state.