Didriksons Clothing Care Guide
Didriksons clothing has done one thing that other brands have not; they adapt to the elements rather than challenge them. With more than 100 years of experience behind them, they know better than anyone just what’s needed to protect you from the weather.
Scandinavian weather can be extreme, so a high quality jacket can go a long way to making outdoor adventures much more enjoyable.
To help with that, waterproofing is a big part of the clothing available. Once you know how it works, and what you can do to keep your garments in good condition, you’ll be able to make them last much longer than you might think.
Caring For Your Didriksons Waterproof Clothing
A waterproof garment from Didriksons (that’s not made of Galon®) has a coating on the inside of the fabric, concealed by a lining or other material. In order to ensure a garment is completely waterproof, all joins and seams are sealed using waterproof tape. In other words, it’s not the fabric itself that makes our garments waterproof.
As well as the coating on the inside, the garment has a water-repellent surface treatment on the outside. This finish is often referred to as DWR (Durable Water Repellency). It’s important to know, however, that it’s not the water-repellent finish that makes the garment waterproof, but rather the coating concealed inside the garment.
Knowing this means you can make sure the waterproof clothing you choose is actually waterproof or whether it’s water resistant. This can have a big impact on your choice, and where and when you use certain garments.
Galon®, however, does not require any water-repellent treatment, as the waterproof layer is on the outside. This makes Galon® an easy-care fabric and it is generally sufficient to simply wipe the garment over with a wet cloth when it gets dirty to keep it in good condition.
Impregnation and Reimpregnation
A waterproof garment (not made of Galon®) from Didriksons is impregnated with a water-repellent treatment. This wears off after a while and the garment will need to be reimpregnated.
How soon you need to do this depends on how wet the garment gets and how much wear and tear it has been exposed to. However, when raindrops no longer bead on the surface, that is a sign that reimpregnation is needed to ensure it remains in good condition.
Remember that moisture will not penetrate through to your body just because the outer fabric becomes wet. If that’s the case, why impregnate?
- It protects the jacket from getting wet and heavy
- It counteracts dirt getting into the fabric
- Spots and stains are easier to wipe off.
You don’t need to apply water-repellence treatment with every wash. Applying heat after the garment has been wet or has come out of the washing machine is often enough to reactivate the water-repellent impregnation; for example, by ironing it or giving it a few minutes in a drying cabinet or tumble dryer. If that is not enough, there are products that can be sprayed on or added to the wash. Be sure to use a type of impregnation that is free from fluorocarbons.
The following video explains this in detail:
If you’d like to know more about Didriksons clothing and how to care for your waterproof garments, get in touch with our team. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and make sure your clothing lasts for a long time.