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How to Wash GORE-TEX® Fabric / Keeping GORE-TEX® Fabric Waterproof

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Caring for GORE-TEX®

Not only are GORE-TEX® garments built to last, they are easy to care for. Routine care will ensure excellent performance and extend their useful life. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's care instructions - typically found on the inside tag.

GORE-TEX® Outerwear

Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps.


Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Machine wash on a warm permanent press cycle (105º F/40º C) using a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice, minimize spinning to reduce creasing. Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance. Do not wash with heavily soiled clothing.


Do not use chlorine bleach.


Line dry your garment, or tumble dry it on a warm, gentle cycle. Once it is dry, tumble dry your garment for 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment on the outer fabric.


If unable to tumble dry, iron the dry garment on gentle setting (warm, no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. This will help reactivate the DWR treatment on your garment’s outer fabric.


Gore recommends home laundering. If professional dry cleaning is necessary, request that the cleaner use clear distilled hydrocarbon solvent for rinsing and then spray DWR on the garment’s outer fabric before drying. Follow garment manufacturer’s instructions.


When the factory applied treatment can no longer be reactivated, apply a new water-repellent treatment available as a pump-spray or wash-in product to the garment's outer fabric, available at evo.

GORE-TEX® Gloves


Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Machine or hand wash in warm water. Gently squeeze glove from fingertips to wrist to remove excess water. Do not twist.


Do not iron.


No chlorine bleach. It may damage your glove. 


Drip-dry with the fingers facing upwards.


Gore recommends applying a topical water repellency restorative (DWR treatment) for outdoor fabrics, available at evo. We do not recommend wash-in treatments as they can affect breathability. 


Use a pre-wash treatment such as Shout® or Spray 'n Wash®, following its manufacturer's instructions. Rinse well.

Learn More With Our Outerware Guides Below: 
Waterproof Ratings & Breathability Guide
Outerwear – Fit Guide & Jacket Length
Outerwear – How to Choose by Region
Insulated Garments – How to Choose
Base Layers & Long Underwear – How to Choose
GORE-TEX® Fabric – How it Works & Product Testing
Backcountry – How to Dress

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