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DRI-HIDE Care Instructions

Dri-Hide LogoQ: How do I wash my DRI-HIDE?

A: Washing your DRI-HIDE will not hurt it. In fact, washing it regularly will help maintain the DWR coating on the outside of the fabric, which causes water to bead up and shed off, rather than being absorbed.

Be sure to close the Velcro® fastener before you wash your DRI-HIDE. Use a mild powder detergent. Liquid detergents can leave a residue on your DRI-HIDE that will interfere with the DWR performance. You can wash your DRI-HIDE in a regular washing machine, in cold water, on a gentle cycle. Put it through the rinse cycle twice, to be sure the detergent residue washes out. You can dry your DRI-HIDE in a low temperature dryer, and if necessary, use a cool iron. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners, dry clean, or store when wet.

Q: If for some reason my DRI-HIDE won't stay dry anymore, what can I do about it?

A: DRI-HIDE's are made of an outer fabric that has been laminated to a membrane. This outer fabric is treated with durable water repellency, called DWR. DWR is a substance like Tectron® or Scotchguard®, only it lasts much longer. The membrane is what keeps raindrops out and allows vapor to pass through. Once the DWR wears off, water will soak into the outer layer of the fabric, but the membrane will keep the water from soaking all the way through.

As the DRI-HIDE is used over time, accumulation of soils from external sources as well as from your own body can lessen the performance of the DWR coating.

In order to revive the DWR, the product needs to be thoroughly cleaned with a powder detergent (do not use a liquid detergent) in a regular washing machine in warm water. Put the DRI-HIDE through two rinse cycles to ensure that there is no detergent residue, then dry it in a regular clothes dryer on medium heat. When cleaning your DRI-HIDE, attach all Velcro® closures. Finally, the entire outside of the DRI-HIDE should be touched up with a warm iron on the steam setting.

This process should revive the DWR. For even better performance, treat your product with a coating of a DWR spray such as Tectron® or Revivex®.

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