This three item load of laundry is worth at least $300, so I wanted to get it right.
I purchased soap specifically for waterproof gear Nikwax Tech Wash and softshell proof spray for afterwards.
Following the directions I filled the water up and added the soap. I did a cold wash (which is what my gear called for), on delicate, with extra rinse.
While they were still wet I sprayed them, waited two minutes, and rubbed in the excess and hung to dry.
My coat was a little splotchy. My husband’s coat looks the same (clean, not splotchy). The pants look brand new. They have a funny chemical smell to them that should go away with good rain I should think. I’ll let you know next rainstorm how they do.
How do you wash your waterproof gear?
And how I get rid of the (albeit subtle) splotches?
Update 9/1/2015: a rain storm during the Reign women’s soccer game allowed me to test out that my rain coat is still water proof AND the splotches are gone AND the chemical smell is almost completely gone (it’s only there if I burry my nose in it). Woohoo! Good as new.