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Your camouflage clothing will help you stay hidden on your hunts, but unfortunately it will get dirty just like any other clothes. Proper cleaning will extend your camo clothing’s lifetime and performance. Here’s how to keep your camo clothing in top-notch condition, so it can keep adding to the success of your hunts!
Very! There are 3 main reasons to properly wash your camo clothing:
As often as necessary. This generally means if your camo clothing looks dirty, smells bad, or
feels damp and clammy. In addition, we recommend washing after 10-12 days of use to preserve
Camo clothing is often built with outdoor apparel fabrics that are tougher and sturdier than regular clothing. This is great for durability and (depending on the garment) waterproofing, but it means you should take extra care when giving them a wash.
First, secure your garment properly. That means closing zips, fastening pockets if they are zipped or buttoned, and securing extra flaps and straps. Next, check the clothing’s care instructions to know whether you should hand wash or gentle machine wash.
Pro-tip: DON’T add powder detergents, stain removers, bleach, conditioners or fabric softeners! These will all clog high performance camo clothing’s micropores, and/or damage their fabrics. Instead, use a specialist gear care brand like Grangers, NikWax, STORM or Gear Aid. These cleansers are optimised for sports, outdoor and hunting fabrics.
That depends on what fabric your camo clothing is made from.
Generally, it’s best to let technical clothing air dry. Spread them over a clothes drying rack or clotheshorse and leave them be! You can hang jackets and shirts on a clothes hanger before popping them on the rack to prevent annoying creases.
However, if your gear is marked DWR or waterproof, you might want to replenish its water resistance properties. Read on below if so!
Time, hard wear and washing can all diminish your camo clothing’s waterproofing effectiveness. Don’t worry, though, it’s easy to revitalise. Waterproof treatments can be reactivated in two ways: