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Washing your ski and snowboard clothes for storage.

Here are our tips for washing and storing your winter clothes so they are ready for next season.

Wash similar items together. Avoid washing your jackets and pants with base layers.

Outerwear: shells, pants and insulated jackets
Oil and dirt interfere with the shell membrane’s ability to repel water and vent moisture. Use a gentle laundry soap for your clothes.  Over time the waterproofness is less effective so you may want to use Nikwax soap designed specifically for technical jackets. You can also reapply a durable water-repellency (DWR) treatment, which makes water bead up and roll off your jacket’s outer layer before it reaches the membrane. Nikwax Tech Wash

Check all pockets before washing. Zip up those pockets, pit zips, etc. If you find a stain, try to wash it using a toothbrush and a gentle soap or for grease and difficult stains try a blend of Simple Green and dish soap. Check the label or try a small test patch if you’re not sure about the garment. Scrub the area, rinse and then wash with the rest of your outerwear. You don’t want to wash the whole garment unnecessarily. Although sweat and dirt affect the waterproofness and breathability of your garment, you want to avoid washing it for no reason as each wash will diminish the waterproofness of your garment.

Down jackets
Clean down works better so wash at home with a gentle laundry soap or Nikwax Down Wash Direct. Store your down jackets in a breathable space or hang for the off-season. SCROLL Down for videos.

Wool and other base layers
Sweaters, base layers, hats, socks neck gaiters, glove liners. Turn them inside out so garments are properly cleaned. You can use the Nikwax Wool Wash or any gentle laundry soap. Hang dry, lay flat or use the dryer depending on the care instructions.

Gloves
Make sure gloves are dry and the inside liners or fingers are in place. Some gloves can be washed, See care instructions. Leather gloves don’t need to be washed but could use an application of leather balm.

Battery items
Don’t forget to cycle your rechargeable batteries during the off-season. Our heated brands recommend to store batteries disconnected, discharged and then recharge at half full for long term storage. Boots, heated socks, heated gloves, heated apparel. Lithium Ion cells used in heated apparel need to be stored at 25% charge or more to prevent damage to cells. Leaving batteries below 25% for extended periods of time is the primary cause of loss of performance and damage. Let us know if you have questions about your battery gear that you’ve purchased from our stores.

Washing Your GORE TEX Jacket

Washing Your Down Jacket

Boot bags and ski/snowboard bags
Clean out your storage bags and backpacks.

Storage
While vacuum bags save space, your garments can’t breathe. Loosely pack your clean, folded garments in a plastic storage bin. Heaviest at the bottom. Make sure everything is clean and DRY.

Maintenance and storage of skis and snowboards
When our stores can reopen, we will make a plan for this year’s Free Wax Weekend. In the meantime, store your skis and snowboards in a cool dry place.