WHY YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR OMM GARMENT?
OMM garments are designed to provide exceptional weather protection and breathability. Routine care and maintenance ensures the optimum performance of your OMM garment. Build-up of dirt and other surface contaminants such as body oil, salt, sunscreen and sweat can reduce the effectiveness of the textile’s durable water repellent (DWR) treatment, affecting performance and breathability. Dirt allows water molecules to be drawn into the face fabric, saturating or ‘wetting out’ the fabric and leading to increased levels of condensation on the inside of the garment. Oils can have a degrading effect on the fabrics and treatments while salt and debris can act to abrade membranes and fibres over time. Properly washing your OMM product removes dirt and other contaminates from the garment, restoring its water repellency and breathability.
HOW TO PREPARE & WASH YOUR OMM GARMENT?
To prepare the garment for washing; close the main zippers, open pocket zippers, and release tension on all elastic draw cords. Add cleaning agent to the machine and wash the garment on a medium heat setting (30°C /40°C / 104°F). Remove the garment, shake to remove excess water and place it in the dryer. DWR is reactivated best when tumble dried at a low heat setting (40°C / 104°F) for 40 up to minutes.
HOW TO WASH YOUR OMM GARMENT?
For OMM Kamleika & eVent® Fabrics, choose a free rinsing soap or non-detergent cleaning agent to wash your OMM garment. We recommend using a cleaning agent made specifically for performance fabrics. Outdoor specialty retailers carry various brands. We recommend Storm Care Clothing Wash. These specialists washing agents are designed to be gentle and to rinse completely. Detergent residues can contaminate and impair the function of the membrane fabric and its water repellency treatment. When using washes specific to outdoor apparel, simply follow the instructions. If a conventional detergent is used then avoiding fragrance, colorants, optical brighteners, and fabric softeners will aid garment function. Both enzymes and surfactants are fine when effectively rinsed. If you only have access to normal laundry soaps ensure to rinse the garment with a second rinse cycle to more completely remove any residual cleaning chemicals.
HOW TO REAPPLY THE DURABLE WATER REPELLENT COATING (DWR)
DWR is a polymer applied to the face fabric of an OMM garment. When the garment is not shedding water like it used to, even after it’s been washed and dried, it’s time to reapply the DWR. We recommend using Storm Care Eco Proofer. After washing, close all zippers, hang the wet garment on a hanger and spray DWR evenly and generously onto the wet face fabric of the garment, concentrating on areas of high wear such a the waist, shoulders and sleeves or where you have noticed a particular drop in the beading effect. Next, place the garment in a tumble drier on a low heat setting (30°C /40°C / 104°F) for up to 40 minutes. We do not recommend using a wash-in DWR, though these will be almost as effective.
If you do not have a tumble dryer, hang the garment somewhere warm such as above a radiator (though not on or in contact with). The application of heat helps bond the chemical treatment to the fibres.
WHEN TO WASH YOUR OMM GARMENT?
When to wash depends on how often and how hard you use your gear. For heavy activity we suggest washing after every 10 to 12 days of use, and for light activity wash every 20 to 30 days of use. Use your best judgment; if your garment looks dirty, or you are starting to feel damp or clammy, or your garment is no longer shedding water and is wetting out, it’s time to wash it. Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
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HOW TO WASH YOUR INSULATED GARMENT
We strongly recommend washing your insulated jacket in a FRONT LOADING washing machine. Select the gentle cycle with a two-rinse setting and a wash temperature of 30°C / 86°F. Tumble dry your garment inside out on a warm/medium (60°C / 140°F) temperature setting for approximately 30-40 minutes or until dry. To remove stubborn stains, first, spot clean the stained area with Storm Care Clothing Wash, allowing the stained area to soak for 10-15 min, or use a stain eraser on the contaminated area. Then wash and dry the garment as per the instructions given above.
HOW TO WASH YOUR PACK
The best way to wash your pack is simply with water. You can either rub the dirt off with your hands or else you can scrub the pack with a soft brush. You should be able to get most of the dirt off this way. If you feel that you need to use soap, use a mild or pure soap or else an outdoor wash such as Storm Care Clothing Wash and rinse the pack thoroughly to remove any residue. Hang the pack to dry (don’t use a dryer or any other source of heat). If you hang the pack outside, leave it in the shade. It should dry overnight, but it might take longer depending on the climate. Remove the back pad before washing to speed up drying time.