1. Background information
2. Cleaning textiles
2.1 The problem with functional clothing
2.2 The solution
2.3 Correct application
2.4 Tips for textile care
2.5 Why fabric softeners are the wrong choice
3. Textile and leather waterproofing
3.1 Advantages of waterproofing
3.2 Choosing the right product
3.3 Correct application
3.4 Tips for waterproofing
In outdoor sports, the care and protection of clothing such as functional clothing, shoes and tents is of great importance. Their unrestricted functionality is important for a relaxed and enjoyable hiking or camping trip. Regular care of the clothing also ensures optimal wearing comfort and protection of the materials.
The clothing of an outdoor athlete today increasingly consists of modern functional clothing. Under the outer textile layer, these garments have a climate membrane that keeps wind and moisture out, but at the same time ensures optimal breathability from the inside to the outside. Whether this is a Goretex® or Sympatex® membrane or a microporous coating such as Texapore, special care is required to maintain the waterproofness and breathability of the fabric.
If water penetrates the outer fabric, the moisture can no longer be transported to the outside. The same applies if the membrane is clogged with dirt and sweat particles. Regular removal, i.e. care of the clothing, is therefore essential.
The professional cleaning of functional textiles places very high demands on the cleaning or care product used. It must permanently maintain the functionality of the climate membrane. This means that no detergent residues may remain in the fabric that could cause leaks. At the same time, the fibres must be thoroughly cleaned at 30-40°C and prepared for subsequent waterproofing.
We recommend F100 Bio Functional Detergent. It renews the breathability of climate membranes, washes out without leaving any residue and ideally prepares the fibres for a waterproofing spray.
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Fabric softeners contain substances that wrap around the fibres during washing, reducing friction between the fibres. This is why the laundry feels softer afterwards. Waterproofing agents for textiles work according to the same principle. However, if the fibres have already been treated with fabric softener, these active ingredients cannot adhere to the fibres. Effective waterproofing is then no longer possible.
If the waterproofing no longer offers sufficient protection after a few washes, clothing and shoes can become soaked with water. Evaporative cooling causes an uncomfortable wearing sensation. The wearing comfort of shoes is also reduced by the penetration of moisture, as the friction between foot and shoe is increased. Waterproofing agents form a water-repellent layer on clothing and shoes. This prevents fibres and leather from soaking up in the rain.
F100 Bio Reproofing Spray has a permanently strong waterproofing effect on functional textiles and leather. Its special active ingredients wrap themselves around the fibres and repel water, oil and dirt. The breathability of the climate membranes is maintained (according to expert opinion). In addition, the integrated UV protection effectively prevents fading and preserves the visual appearance of textiles and leather.
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Follow the tips below so that waterproofing can work most effectively: