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    Washing Waterproofs

    I'm not sure i can live with the smell of my stalking trousers any longer!!!

    I have resisted washing them as i don't want them to loose there waterproofnes but they have so much blood and filth engraned in them that they smell quite strongly.

    Any ideas about how to wash them?

    I have some non Biological powder i could use, but not sure what that will do to the waterproofing ability of the trousers.

    All comments welcome!!

    Miles

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    I just put all of my shooting kit througha 40 C wash with no powder and it comes out clean.

    Dave

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    Non-bio is the way to go to get them clean if they are as far gone as you say they are but make sure they get a thorough rinsing. I advise non-bio because, I am told, bio-powders really bugger up the take on future re-proofings. I wash mine more frequently and also restore the proofing by running them through the machine with wash'n'proof by Outdoor Essentials which I buy from Mountain Warehouse. Other similar products must surely be available.

    Stay clean, stay dry!

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    Don't forget most modern powders contain UV brighteners...and deer can see UV light (or so we are told by them as know)

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    Waterproofs

    Hi

    Tesco naturals washing range - eco friendly, non UV brightners, low odour.

    I wash at 25 c but just as low as your washer goes should be fine.

    Daemon


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    Its amazing what a wash with just water will do - ie no detergent in the machine.

    I have used Nik Wax and Grainger products successfully on waterproofs of all types over the years. They produce a "Techwash" specifically formulated for waterproof clothing. You can get in most good in outdoor shops.

    http://www.nikwax.co.uk/en-gb/produc...hp?productid=4

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    There is usually enough residue in the machine anyway.

    a cool wash should do it.

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    With regards to waterproofing saw a demomstration at the Grangers factory in Alfreton a few years ago, they had a flurocarbon based proofer that was fantastic and its reactivated by tumble drying. I dont know how it compares re smell and deer, but it is very good at repelling water. Tom

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    With regards to waterproofing saw a demomstration at the Grangers factory in Alfreton a few years ago, they had a flurocarbon based proofer that was fantastic and its reactivated by tumble drying. I dont know how it compares re smell and deer, but it is very good at repelling water. Tom

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    The instructions on the bottle of wash'n'proof I mention above claim that the proofing is further improved if the garment is tumble dried after the wash. Maybe similar to the properties exhibited at Tom's demonstration?

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