Clean your gear regularly to maintain its water-repellent properties. Dirt, body oils, and abrasion can diminish the performance of the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating that helps prevent precipitation from saturating the exterior of your gear.
Use a technical fabric cleaner or any mild detergent without additives like stain removers, fabric softener, powder detergent or bleach – these could permanently damage the waterproof membrane.
Revive the DWR coating if water doesn’t bead and run off after washing. You can use a DWR product of your choice, available as a pump-spray or a wash-in product.
Dry your gear properly by following the care instructions on the label or on the manufacturer’s website. Many jackets can go in a dryer on low or medium heat.