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Snow skiing is a popular sport, and like any sport, you need to have the proper equipment.  Skiing requires special clothing, down jackets, ski pants, and of course, long underwear to keep you warm!  These clothing items are an investment, but if you take a little extra care in cleaning and storing them, you can get several seasons out of your ski wardrobe.  Below are a few very easy tips on cleaning and storing your ski wear.

  • First rule of thumb is to always check the manufacturer’s care label.
  • Separate the “under” layers and the “outer” layers and wash separately.
  • For “under” layer garments such as long underwear or light weight fleece jackets, wash on cold, in the gentle cycle with mild detergent.  Tumble dry on low.
  • For the “outer” layers, wash the ski pants and jackets in cold water on the gentle, with a mild detergent.  Once that cycle has ended, run them again without detergent, but add a wash-in water repellent to the water.
  • Down clothing such as jackets need to be washed separately from synthetics.  They can typically be washed in the gentle cycle in cold water, with a detergent made specifically for down.
  • Tumble dry on low, and don’t forget to toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to keep the down from clumping.  Hang up and place in an area where it can breathe.
  • Store your down clothing in a dry place where it can breathe to insure that the down stays dry and won’t begin to mildew.  Do NOT cover it with a plastic bag.
  • Your synthetics and fleece can be stored in a dark, dry place such as a closet.  Do not store in a plastic bag.  If you want to cover them, you can use a linen clothing bag, or simply wrap a white sheet around them.  You could also store them in a basket or similar container, as long as it is ventilated.  Place tissue between layers to help prevent wrinkling.


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January 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

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