Caring for Your Burke Marine Wet Weather Gear: Tips and Tricks

Caring for Your Burke Marine Wet Weather Gear: Tips and Tricks

We pride ourselves on creating high-quality wet weather gear designed to keep you dry and comfortable in the harshest conditions. To ensure your gear continues to perform at its best, it’s essential to take proper care of it. With the right maintenance, your wet weather gear can last for many seasons of sailing, boating, and outdoor adventures.

Here are our top tips for cleaning and caring for your Burke Marine wet weather gear.

General Maintenance Tips

1. Rinse After Use: Saltwater, dirt, and grime can degrade the materials of your wet weather gear. After each use, rinse your gear with fresh water to remove any contaminants. This simple step helps prevent buildup and extends the life of your garments.

2. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can weaken fabrics and cause colors to fade. Dry your gear in a shaded area or indoors to maintain its integrity and appearance.

3. Store Correctly: Store your wet weather gear in a cool, dry place. Avoid cramming it into tight spaces or leaving it damp, as this can lead to mould and mildew growth. Hang your gear on a sturdy hanger to maintain its shape.

Cleaning Your Wet Weather Gear

Proper cleaning is crucial to maintain the waterproof and breathable properties of your gear. Here’s how to do it:

1. Read the Care Label: Always start by reading the care label on your garment. The label provides specific instructions for washing and drying.

2. Hand Wash or Machine Wash?: We recommend hand-washing only for the majority of our wet weather gear. While some items may be machine washable, detergents and some chemical residue in the washing machine can affect the garment. 

3. Pure Soap or Mild Detergents: Pure soap is best for cleaning wet weather gear. For all other garments, choose a mild, non-biological detergent free from bleach, fabric softeners, and conditioners. Harsh chemicals can damage the waterproof coating.

4. Wash on a Gentle Cycle: If using a washing machine on garments other than wet weather gear, select a gentle cycle with cold water. For hand washing, use lukewarm water and gently scrub with a soft sponge or cloth.

5. Rinse Thoroughly: Ensure all detergent is rinsed out completely. Residual detergent can clog the fabric’s pores and reduce breathability.

Reproofing Your Gear

Over time, the waterproof coating on your gear can wear off. Reproofing restores its water repellency and breathability.

1. Clean First: Before reproofing, make sure your gear is clean. Dirt and oils can prevent the reproofing solution from adhering properly.

2. Choose the Right Product: Use a reproofing spray designed for wet weather gear. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

3. Apply Evenly: Apply the reproofing treatment evenly, paying extra attention to high-wear areas like shoulders, elbows, and knees.

4. Dry and Cure: Allow your gear to dry completely before using it again. Some treatments may require heat activation, so check if tumble drying on low heat or using a hair dryer is recommended.

Caring for Zippers and Seals

1. Rinse Zippers: Salt and sand can damage zippers. Rinse them with fresh water after use and gently brush away any debris with a soft brush.

2. Lubricate Zippers: Use a zipper lubricant to keep zippers functioning smoothly. Apply it sparingly and wipe off any excess.

3. Check Seals: Regularly inspect seals and seams for any signs of wear or damage. Repair small tears promptly with a repair kit to prevent them from growing.

Repairing Your Wet Weather Gear

Minor damages can be repaired at home, extending the life of your gear.

1. Repair Kits: Keep a repair kit handy with patches, seam sealant, and adhesive. These kits are designed to fix small holes and tears quickly.

2. Professional Repairs: For more significant damage, consider professional repair services. Many outdoor gear shops offer specialized repair services for wet weather gear.


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