How to Clean Breathable Waders

How to Clean Breathable Waders
Breathable waders make a day on the water more comfortable and dry while waiting for that big catch. But a build-up of dirt can not only cause a foul odor, but break down the DWR, or durable water repellency. It's easy to give your waders a thorough cleaning with powder detergent to bring them back to life and help prevent damage. Using a product like Revivex can also restore the DWR and improve the waterproofing capabilities of your breathable waders.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Clean cloth
  • Tub full of water
  • Powder detergent or sport wash
  • Wooden or plastic hanger
  • Revivex
  • Hair dryer
 
Step 1
Shake out your waders to remove any dirt build-up. Turn them inside out and shake again. Remove any visible debris by hand and rub down with a clean, dry cloth.
Step 2
Fill a bathtub full of cold water and mix in two tablespoons of a mild powder detergent. Let the detergent dilute, and submerge your breathable waders in the water. The water in the bathtub only needs to be deep enough to cover the waders.
Step 3
Work the water and detergent through the waders by hand and scrub with a soft brush if needed.
Step 4
Drain the tub and rinse the waders until the water runs clean.
Step 5
Hang waders on a wooden or plastic hanger in moderate temperatures indoors until they are dry.
Step 6
Spray Revivex directly onto the waders if the water no longer beads up and runs off. Dirt can break down the durable water repellency (DWR); it can usually be repaired by applying a new coating.
Step 7
Use a hair dryer on the waders to seal in the Rivivex and activate the ingredients. Revivex instructs users to tumble dry after use, but try a hair dryer first and check its efficiency. This could help keep unnecessary heat from damaging your waders.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Always read your manufacturer's directions to clean breathable waders. You can use a sport wash detergent from a local sporting good retailer instead of detergent. Try ReviveX high tech fabric cleaner. Hang your waders to air dry after each use and do not leave rolled while damp.
 
Always read your manufacturer's directions to clean breathable waders.
 
You can use a sport wash detergent from a local sporting good retailer instead of detergent. Try ReviveX high tech fabric cleaner.
 
Hang your waders to air dry after each use and do not leave rolled while damp.
 
Never apply detergent directly to breathable waders.

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