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How to Wash Ski Jacket

A quick guide to cleaning ski jackets, a minute to teach you how to clean

Quick guide to cleaning ski jackets, one minute to teach you how to clean

1.Dirt and other buildup will accumulate on your ski jacket after a long time, which will affect the performance of the jacket, so you must wash it regularly.

2.Read the cleaning label of the ski jacket carefully before washing to prevent damage.

3.Zip up the jacket, put it in the washing machine and pour in the special detergent.

4.Dry the jacket in a cool place after washing.

5.Avoid putting it in a wet place

Taking care of your ski jacket is important, and while it may seem like a hassle, keeping it clean and properly stored will make it last a long time. If you plan to go skiing again in the future, read this article to learn how to clean your ski clothes while saving you a lot of money!


Do i really need to wash my jacket?

It’s true, you may not need to wash your ski jacket as often as you do your base layer, but it’s important to wash it from time to time. Every time you run, dirt and other buildup accumulates on your jacket. Over time, this buildup can actually affect the jacket’s performance. By washing your jacket regularly, you can extend its life and save yourself the hassle and cost of buying a new one.

The basics

After you have worn your Ski clothing all day, you need to wash it regularly. Let’s look at some basic steps you can follow to wash your ski jacket and be ready for your next trip:

  • Empty all pockets before washing
  • Zipper up the jacket and cuffs to prevent the jacket from warping when washing
  • Check the instructions on the label for any special precautions
  • Wash your jacket yourself in an empty washing machine
  • Use a good quality sportswear detergent (try WIN detergent)
  • Do not use fabric softener or bleach
  • Machine wash in cold water
  • Washing always erodes the DWR waterproof coating (common on synthetic jackets), so wash only when needed

The importance of base layers

Wearing the proper base layers will reduce the number of times you have to wash your ski jacket. These base layers help keep your body oils and sweat from getting inside the jacket. High-quality base layers and jackets have good breathability and can wick moisture away in the form of water vapor.

Of course, while these layers will protect your jacket, they will get dirty—and smelly—in the process. You can buy a quality sportswear detergent like WIN Sports Detergent if you need it, which will easily remove the odor from the base layers, helping to ensure they stay fresh and keep your jacket fresh!

How often wash ski jacket

Almost all ski jackets are machine washable, but check the label for cleaning instructions. Ski jackets should be washed at least twice per season. Also ski jackets should not be dry cleaned because cleaning chemicals can be very damaging to the waterproof coating

How to clean north face ski jacket

As mentioned above, all The North Face jackets have specific cleaning instructions (GORE-TEX Washing Guide) highlighted on a label inside the garment, which details how you should wash your jacket. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to caring for your jacket, as the care method for each collection depends largely on the material of the jacket.

However, aside from cleaning your jacket according to the particular instructions on the label, there are a few things you can do to preserve the condition of your jacket, which generally applies to all The North Face jackets. Looking after your jacket when you’re wearing it is something that everyone can do, regardless of the material. Simply avoiding prickly branches when you’re out for a walk in the woods, spot cleaning/brushing mud marks when you return home, and hanging to prevent creasing will all help to prolong the life and appearance of your jacket.

How to wash a waterproof jacket

Whether your The North Face jacket’s outer shell is made from FutureLight or DryVent fabric like the Sangro Jacket, the cleaning instructions are often the same, and washing your waterproof jacket regularly can actually help to maintain its durable water repellent (DWR) coating.

FutureLight jackets are machine washable, and it is recommended that you zip up all zippers and close all Velcro closures before washing, including those on the sleeves that are sometimes forgotten. You should use a mild powder detergent, not a liquid, and then wash it in cold water on a gentle cycle. Also, to ensure that the detergent residue is completely washed off, it is recommended that you run the jacket through the rinse cycle twice before hanging it up to dry naturally.

Tumble drying ski jackets

Tumble drying should be avoided if possible and only used if on the manufacturer’s advice. Only ever use a low temperature for the minimum amount of time. Alternatively, dry cleaning may be a better option.

What can you do to minimize washing your ski jacket?

Cleaning a ski jacket can be a complicated task, so you want to wash it as infrequently as possible, and if you can, you can wear at least two base layers underneath your ski jacket.

Natural oils and sweat can contaminate your jacket through a thin t-shirt during skiing, but this won’t happen if you’re wearing a normal wicking base layer, so you’ll want to use the base layer as a barrier to keep your body dirt out of your jacket.


Can you put your down jacket in the washing machine?

Yes, you can put your down jacket in the washing machine. However, please make sure you follow the washing instructions on the product label.

Can you wash a north face jacket in the washing machine?

We recommend you ensure all zips are zipped up and all Velcro fastened before washing with a mild detergent on a cold cycle. For optimum care, you can turn your jacket inside out before washing to avoid piling. After washing, air drying is the best method for drying your fleece.

Do you need to add fabric softer or bleach?

No. The fewer chemicals the better. Just use a specialist or liquid detergent. Always check your jacket’s washing instructions on the inside label before washing (which is usually located on the inside of the jacket towards the bottom – a white label with a washing machine symbol.)

Can you dry the jacket outside?

Yes but keep it out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat.

Do i need to reapply the waterproofing?

The waterproof coating does get removed with each wash. You can check if the waterproofing is still working by pouring a few drops of water onto the outside of the jacket. If the water stays as droplets and rolls off the fabric the waterproofing is still okay. However, if the water soaks in to make a patch it needs redoing. You can buy a specialist waterproof treatment, which you add to a second wash. This only needs to be done occasionally.

Do i zip the jacket closed before washing it?

Yes do the zip up. It will help to keep the shape of the jacket during washing.

Extended Reading

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How To Clean Gore Tex Ski Jacket

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