Tips on Washing Your Softshell Jacket Correctly

Jan. 26, 2024

ㆍHow often should a softshell jacket be washed?

ㆍShould I use a fabric softener with a softshell - yes or no?

ㆍInstructions: how to wash a softshell jacket

ㆍWaterproofing a softshell jacket correctly


How often should a softshell jacket be washed?


Lady’s Softshell Jacket

Generally speaking, a softshell should be washed frequently. This is especially the case with softshell jackets featuring a membrane like our Stormlock softshell. If your softshell is subject to intensive use, you may find that the membrane becomes clogged up over time by such things as:



ㆍsuntan lotion



Ultimately, how often you wear your softshell dictates how often you should wash it. If you wear it on longer trips or excursions, it is a wise to wash it on a regular basis.


As a rule of thumb: if the cuffs on the sleeves or the collar appear soiled, then it is time to put the item into the washing machine. If, on the other hand, it is only a matter of a few spots or splashes - then leave it for a couple more rounds in the countryside.


Should I use a fabric softener with a softshell - yes or no?


The answer is a definite no - avoid fabric softener at all costs. How come? Fabric softener penetrates the material’s pores and clogs them up and forms a thin film on the surface, meaning that your jacket loses its breathability.


Instructions: how to wash a softshell jacket


In essence, liquid detergents are more suitable than powder, as the latter can clog up the membrane. It is best to choose a detergent for delicates or one that is geared towards outdoor functional clothing, including certified products as care products for your softshell.


How to wash a softshell correctly:


ㆍPlease read the instructions on the care label.

ㆍPretreat any major soiled areas or greasy cuffs and collars. Use a soft sponge, warm water and a delicate detergent, and rub on the soiled areas. Let the detergent work for a while and then rinse thoroughly.

ㆍFasten all zips and Velcro fastenings

ㆍPut the softshell into the washing machine.

ㆍSelect the correct temperature - 30 or 40 degrees (see care label) and the programme for delicates, wool or hand-wash.

ㆍFill the washing machine to no more than two-thirds of maximum capacity, in order to ensure that the garment is rinsed thoroughly.

ㆍSpin the jacket at less than 800 revs per minute.


Waterproofing a softshell jacket correctly


You are out in a downpour and the rain simply beads up and rolls off your jacket - great, that means that the jacket is in perfect condition. If this repellent effect wanes, then it is time to reproof your softshell. Sprays with an optimal composition or appropriate waterproofing products are recommended. Top-quality clothing that is well looked after is not only more comfortable to wear on your outdoor adventure, it is also safer, and ... you’ll have more fun.


How to best clean and waterproof all waterproof functional materials - odourless, free from residue and environmentally friendly.


ㆍWaterproofing: Put the liquid into the detergent drawer of your machine. Make sure that the clothing inside can move about freely. Set the machine programme to wash and rinse (temperature: at least 30 °C).

ㆍDrying: The waterproofing effect is activated by heat, meaning that the items must either be dried in a dryer on with medium heat for 50 minutes (in accordance with the washing label instructions) or dried by using an iron, in order to achieve the best possible result.


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