New Year, Clean Gear
How to Clean All of Your Outdoor Gear
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Durability is almost always a trait that outdoor companies use to highlight why their products are more favorable than others. Some go a step further and back them up with lifetime guarantees against defects and abuse. It makes perfect sense; after all, if you spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of hiking boots, a sleeping bag or a jacket, you expect it to handle more than a few trips to the mountains before a stitch comes loose or a seam begins to tear.
Sometimes gear failure is unavoidable. An outer layer may snag on a rock or thorn, a spark from a campfire may land on a nearby tent. These are unfortunate, happenstance situations. Laziness and neglect are not, and they shouldn’t be the reason why a piece of expensive outdoor gear doesn’t last its entire intended lifespan.
We often think of outdoor gear as different from regular clothing; it is, and it isn’t. Certain technical fabrics require special attention in maintenance while others can be treated just like an everyday t-shirt (durable water-repellent coatings, for instance, lose their hydrophobic qualities when covered in dirt and body oils and will revitalize after a quick wash and dry cycle).
Cleaning and repairing outdoor gear can seem intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. In almost every case you can simply follow the instructions on the garment tag. For all the others, you can see our step-by-step guides.
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