Waterproof, windproof, and breathable GORE-TEX fabric is incorporated in a variety of personal protective equipment, including outerwear, footwear, gloves, and ballistic panels. Routine care and maintenance ensures the highest level of performance and extend the life of the GORE-TEX fabric.
Cleaning outerwear made with GORE-TEX fabric ensures optimum performance; oil, grease, and dust deposits can impair the fabric’s protective performance. If the fabric gets soiled, do not scrub it; instead, follow these guidelines to protect the fabric. Check the garment care label before you begin because other components, such as zippers and fasteners may need different care.
- To remove stains, use a pre-wash treatment, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse the garment thoroughly.
- Before washing your outerwear, remove any detachable metal parts (e.g. spring hooks) and inscriptions from the back, and empty your pockets.
- Close and cover all Velcro® fasteners to prevent damage to the fabric.
- Keep your outerwear right-side out, and wash separately to prevent contamination from spreading and to avoid deposits of foreign matter (e.g. cotton fluff or lint) on the outer fabric.
- Follow the manufacturer’s care and washing instruction for waster temperature and load capacity of the washing machine (typically less than two-thirds full).
- Select the machine’s deep water easy-care program with pre-wash. For commercial washing machines, use special program and the specified detergents.
- Use commercially available detergent for color fabrics. Do not use detergents with a very high or very low pH value.
- Do not use chlorinated products, chlorine bleach, or fabric softener.
- Rinse the garment four times to remove all alkaline and flammable detergent residues. Conventional easy-care wash programs have three rinses. In this case, please repeat the rinse program.
- Before putting the garment in the tumble dryer, turn it inside out (insulating lining outwards) to protect the fabric.
- Tumble drying is recommended to protect the garment’s water-repellent treatment.
- Iron on a medium temperature setting without steam.
- Cover reflective strips with a cloth before ironing to protect them.
Be sure to check the manufacturer’s care instructions to ensure that the garment may be dry cleaned.
- If the garment is badly soiled with non-water-soluble contaminants such as oils, grease, or bitumen, you should dry clean rather than wash it.
- Select a specialized dry cleaner that uses perchloroethylene (PER) or hydrocarbon cleaning methods.
- Do not use detergents or additives with a very high pH value or a very low pH value; avoid dry-cleaning soap.
- Before cleaning, close or cover all Velcro® fasteners to prevent damage to the fabric.
- Ensure that the cleaner does not pin any labels to the garment because the pins will damage the fabric.
- Before wearing the garment again, check that it is completely free of any solvent.
- To prevent color fading, do not store your garment in direct sunlight or near other sources of UV light.
- Do not store your garment when it is wet.
- Before wearing your garment, make sure that all of its layers are intact and fully functional; if any of the layers are damaged, dispose of the garment.
If you are no longer using the garment, you may recycle it after it is cleaned. For further information, please contact your clothing supplier.
Cleaning footwear with GORE-TEX footwear liners ensures long-lasting performance. Because other components of the footwear may require special care, check the manufacturer’s care guidelines before you begin:
- Clean leather with lukewarm water or saddle soap.
- Clean fabric with a sponge and lukewarm water.
- If recommended by the manufacturer, use a high-quality treatment to prolong the life of the external fabric or leather.
- Refer to the footwear manufacturer's instructions for directions on removing stains.
- Dry naturally at moderate temperatures, and avoid direct heat.
- If available, you can use convection-style boot dryers.
Cleaning gloves with GORE-TEX glove inserts ensures a high level of durable performance. Because other components of the gloves may require special care, check the manufacturer’s care guidelines before you begin. To clean the glove
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning leather or leather/textile gloves.
- For textile gloves, machine- or hand-wash them in lukewarm water.
- Remove excess water by gently squeezing from the fingertips to the wrist.
- Hang the gloves by the fingertips to drip-dry away from heat.
- Do not use bleach.
- Check the manufacturer’s instructions before dry cleaning a pair of gloves.
- Do not puncture the glove insert because this will compromise the protective barrier.
- To remove stains, use a pre-wash treatment, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse the gloves thoroughly.