How to Wash Ski Jacket and Pants

Updated 3/1/2024

Hallak answers your wardrobe questions such as how to wash your ski jacket and pants. Whether you live in an area that sees a lot of snow or indulge in winter sports, you are going to want to keep your ski and snowboard outerwear looking their best. And you definitely want these pieces cleaned prior to any seasonal storage.

Ski jackets are not just ordinary outerwear; they are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, provide comfort, and still show your style on the slopes. Maintaining high-performance garments requires specialized care and attention, especially when considering the intricate fabrics and technical features. From the perspective of a couture dry cleaner, the process of cleaning ski gear goes beyond stain removal; it involves a delicate balance of expertise and precision to ensure the garment’s integrity remains intact. So before you through these items into the washing machine, let’s see what makes this level of snow gear different than some of your other coats. (And as always, please review the care label for special washing instructions such as “Dry Clean Only”. If you have questions about any care instructions, ask a garment professional that you trust.)

Ski and Snowboard Outerwear Fabric

Winter sportswear comes in a variety of fabrics. They are designed to provide optimal performance in cold, wet, and windy conditions. Some common materials include: Gore-Tex, nylon, and polyester; each offers unique properties suited to different conditions.

  • Gore-Tex (waterproof and breathable).  Ideal for high-intensity activities like skiing.
  • Nylon and polyester blends (excellent durability and abrasion resistance). Essential  essential in withstanding many outdoor sports.

By understanding the intricacies of these fabrics, Hallak Cleaners is able to properly care for each item and still maintain quality and functionality.  If you plan on washing any items at home, it is important to review the care label for instructions such as: specific machine washing, preferred laundry detergent, cold or warm water preference, air drying, gentle cycle, etc. We cannot stress this enough- read the label before washing. If the labels specifies “dry cleaning“, decide if it is worth the risk. While we can certainly work magic, we can’t reverse everything resulting from a miscalculated decision from a machine wash. Need a clean jacket and in a rush? Trust the professionals for a quick turnaround minus the trouble

Why You Should Care for Winter Outerwear Regularly

Skiwear and snowboarding outerwear can be quite pricey. Insulated ski jackets and pants are an investment so it’s best to make their maintenance a priority.

Regularly cleaning your skiwear is important for several reasons. First, skiwear can become dirty, and sweaty after a long day on the slopes; this can not only be unpleasant but also compromise the performance and durability of the clothing. Dirt, dust, and other debris can accumulate on the surface and clog the pores of the fabric, reducing breathability and waterproofness, and making it harder for moisture to escape. The body’s sweat and oils can also attract bacteria and cause odors to develop over time. If left untreated, these oder and stains can be difficult to remove.

Proper washing can help to remove these contaminants and restore the function and freshness of your skiwear. This type of special care also prolongs the life of the clothing by reducing wear and tear, preventing stains from setting in, and maintaining the integrity of delicate fabrics and insulation found in most outerwear garments.

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Before You Wash Your Ski Clothing

Once your outerwear arrives at either of our stores (New York, New York or Bergen County, New Jersey), a Hallak team member completes a thorough pre-cleaning inspection.This meticulous examination involves inspecting the waterproof clothing for any visible stains, dirt, or damage that may require special attention.

Inspecting items allows Hallak to assess any potential weak points or areas of concern, ensuring they are addressed with care during the cleaning process. Then, our cleaning department tailors an approach to meet any specific needs. This guarantees a thorough and effective cleaning outcome while preserving the garment’s integrity especially for waterproof jackets.

Spot-Cleaning and Full Professional Cleaning

Spot cleaning is a delicate yet crucial aspect of the ski clothes cleaning process. It requires precision and expertise to effectively remove stains without compromising the fabric’s integrity. We employ specialized spot cleaning techniques tailored to the unique properties of this technical gears’ fabrics. Utilizing unique stain removal products and gentle agitation methods, Hallak’s cleaning department targets and treat stubborn stains with precision.

When it comes to the full dry cleaning process,  specialized techniques designed to preserve the garment’s performance features and aesthetic appeal are used. Instead of your washing machine, your ski clothes may require state-of-the-art equipment and industry-approved solvents to gently remove dirt, oils, and odors from the fabric while safeguarding its waterproofing and breathability.

In addition to cleaning, there is often a need for additional services including reapplying DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coatings to restore the jacket’s water resistance or applying waterproofing treatments to reinforce seams and zippers. These  are all essential for maintaining the jacket’s ability to repel moisture and keep you dry in challenging weather conditions.

How to Wash Snow Pants

If you are attempting to wash ski pants at home, the first step is to check the care label. Follow the instructions on the proper cycle, detergent, and water temperature. In addition, it’s important to put in the wash with other like items requiring same level of care. It is often suggested that these types of outerwear have an additional wash using an in-wash waterproofing solvent.

Research outdoor gear detergents and treatments that are intended for these specific items. Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly options available! Find the right solvent for your washing needs. Some of these solvents are available for full cleaning, spot cleaning, waterproof treatments, and more. As always, follow the instructions carefully.

Without a waterproofing treatment, you will start to notice a buildup from outdoor elements that result in stains. If you haven’t washed your outerwear in awhile, you may also want to test your items for water repellency. Spray some water on your jacket or ski pants. Did the water bead up? Then, you are fine. If you notice that the water spread (and started to soak in), then it’s time to re-treat.

How to Wash Winter Ski Jackets

Washing your ski or snowboard jackets follow the same steps as above. However, jackets tend to show a bit more wear-and-tear. Typically, we will notice trouble areas near the neck and wrists. It’s best to examine them regularly.

Also, there can be additional maintenance due to repeated zipper use. To keep them working, consider applying a lubricant made specifically for zippers. Of course, you will also have to remove build-up every once in awhile. If your zipper has a protection flap, do your best to use to prevent water damage; this can result in further zipper issues.

If you end up with zipper issues, then it may be time to bring in for a professional inspection. Zipper problems do NOT always result in a pricey replacement. In fact, most dry cleaners would prefer to repair and/or work with the manufacturer’s original zipper. Fortunately, most dry cleaners’ repair team have many tricks up their sleeves to help with the typical zipper issues.

The Importance of Skiwear Care

Cleaning skiwear also helps to maintain its appearance and performance. Besides dirt, grime, and stains making your outerwear look worn and shabby, they can also affect its ability to repel water and snow. By cleaning regularly, you can ensure that your skiwear looks and performs at its best. Overall, regularly cleaning your skiwear is an essential part of proper care and maintenance. So read your care labels or bring to the professionals to maximize the longevity, performance, and enjoyment of your investment.

Cleaning your garments will not cause damage. Waiting too long to clean items may actually cause damage that may not be reversible. So don’t waste another minute. Inspect all your ski clothing. Take what you learned from how to wash your ski jacket and choose the best method for proper care.

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