How to Wash Ski Pants the Right Way?
Cleaning ski pants is more necessary than you think. Although they’re made to protect you from the snow, that’s not everything that comes in contact with them. Furthermore, it’s not easy to know exactly how to clean them, especially if you’re on your first pair.
Waterproof clothing requires special conditioning both inside and out. In order to do this, you have to learn a few simple steps.
In this article we’ll explain everything you need to know about cleaning ski pants by hand or in the washing machine, from start to finish.
What to Do in Preparation?
Unlike some clothing articles, ski pants are very delicate even though they appear heavy and robust. You don’t want to just throw them in the machine all dirty.
It’s very important to scrape off any excess stains before you wash the ski pants. Also, it would be a good idea to pretreat some stains, like those from grease or sauces, before the washing cycle.
You also want to close all fasteners and zippers before the pants get thrown around in the washing machine. Leaving something open might end up tearing the fabric.
How to Handle Waterproof Ski Pants?
The one thing to know about ski pants is that most of them are waterproof (though at different levels). This means that their coating make them harder to clean safely than regular clothes. Always check the label of the pants and follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
Now, although there may be differences between brands, there are some general rules to follow when dealing with waterproof ski pants. These are particularly important when the pants are machine washable.
A soft detergent is always required. This protects the fabrics and prevents the coating from getting ruined. There are detergents specifically designed for washing waterproof outwear.
A gentle washing cycle is also important and using cold water is essential. The lower the spin speed setting, the higher the chance is of maintaining the integrity of the waterproofing.
Don’t put other fabrics in the washing machine. Put only other ski clothes in the machine or anything else with a similar fabric.
Avoid fabric softeners and bleach at all costs if you want to maintain the quality of your ski pants.
Most ski pants can be washed in the washing machine. However, you may also need to know how to wash ski pants by hand.
When faced with this situation, the previous tips remain the same. You just have to use handwashing detergent instead of a washing machine detergent and then rinse the pants once or twice to make sure you got everything out.
What to Do after Washing?
Washing your ski pants is not enough. Their conditioning isn’t complete until you re-waterproof them. To do this you’ll often have to put them in a new washing cycle along with waterproofing solution.
Be careful when you choose this in-wash solution. Don’t use anything recommended for sleeping bags, tents, or similar products. Only choose something designed for clothing articles and always use cold water.
The next step is drying your ski pants. Of course, don’t stick it in your dryer. The best way to dry is to let the ski pants air dry. Also, don’t bother ironing them either, since they are heavy and should pull out the wrinkles on their own.
If you’re wary of using an in-wash waterproofing product, you may use the following alternative. After a regular washing cycle, air dry the ski pants and use a water repellent product, like a spray, to apply a protective coating. Just make sure that the product is not too aggressive for the fabric.
Always avoid dry cleaning when it comes to ski pants and other washable skiing gear. Dry cleaning involves very aggressive chemicals which might destroy the waterproof coating for good.
Washing ski pants is a three part process. First you prep them, then you wash, then you air dry. In some cases a fourth step is necessary if you’d rather not use an in-wash waterproofing product.
Although the pants may come with very specific instructions, this general guide should be all you need to know about how to wash ski pants and maintain their durability and effectiveness over time.
Apply this guide to ski pants and ski jackets of any kind and use the manufacturer’s instructions on the label to fill in the blanks when needed. Maintaining the condition of your ski outerwear is not hard, it just takes a bit of time and planning.