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post #1 of 18 Old 08-08-2006, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Washing Gear

Maybe I missed it but I didn't see anything along the lines of this topic.

After 3 months of riding in middle Tennessee dust, humidity, and sweat my Joe Rocket jacket is starting to get pretty grungy. According to the label, it says to hand wash only. I read an article in Motorcyclist that says in most cases gear marked as hand wash only can be machine washed using the gentle cycle and then air dried (after removing the armor of course).

Anyone have any opinions on this? I'd hate to throw it in the washer and have it come out in pieces, but at the same time I really don't want to hand wash it if I can avoid it.

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-08-2006, 09:11 AM
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That's what I do.
post #3 of 18 Old 08-08-2006, 09:42 AM
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here's what i do when i wash my j-r gear:

1. buy some nik wax tech-wash and wash-in. you'll need both of these. the tech wash is detergent free and the wash-in is the waterproofer. a friend of mine, doubt he'll admit it online, washed his jacket but didn't waterproof it. he took a bath while riding through houston.

2. remove all padding from the garment, zip all zippers and secure all velcro straps.

3. wash once in the tech-wash.

4. wash a second time in the wash-in. be sure and let the garment soak for a 5-10 minutes.

5. drip dry.

i've handwashed gear too. just put it in the bathtub with a couple inches of water and you're good to go. you can even use your feet. rinsing was a pita, but it worked.
 
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I've done the hand wash like Jason mentioned, and also used the machine's gentle cycle with verry little detergent. The machine was much easier :lol:

I hear good things about tech wash, I just haven't bought any yet. Maybe one of these days....

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If you have an agitator washer it could damage your gear even in the gentle wash. Having all zipper up and velcro fastened will minimise this. On the other hand if you have a tumbler style washer with a solid SS drum, you will be fine no matter what cycle you use. Some old tumblers have fins that are separate from the drum, this will catch on stuff and tear it up. I still get everything fastened just to be safe.
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"Honey, I know I paid a lot for that riding jacket and pants, but they're getting awfully grungy and the manufacturer says the washing machine could suffer severe damage if I try to wash this stuff in it. You know, armor and all that!

"Jeez, guess I just 'gotta bite the bullet and buy some new gear. You understand, don't you, honey?"

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"Honey, I know I paid a lot for that riding jacket and pants, but they're getting awfully grungy and the manufacturer says the washing machine could suffer severe damage if I try to wash this stuff in it. You know, armor and all that!

"Jeez, guess I just 'gotta bite the bullet and buy some new gear. You understand, don't you, honey?"
Sounds like a plan to me :lol:

Thanks for the input guys. I think I'll just throw it in the washer this weekend. If it eats it I'll take Tom's advice!

I do think I'll give the tech-wash and wash-in a try. Where is a good place to find it? Bike shop? Department store? I'm not familiar with them.

Thanks again for all the help.

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I do think I'll give the tech-wash and wash-in a try. Where is a good place to find it? Bike shop? Department store? I'm not familiar with them.
most outdoor shops have them. r-e-i, sports authority and the like. if you want to make sure, though, check out nik-wax's dealer locator:

http://nikwax-usa.com/locator.asp
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most outdoor shops have them. r-e-i, sports authority and the like. if you want to make sure, though, check out nik-wax's dealer locator:
Perfect! Their site shows that the REI right straight across the street from my office carries it. I know where I'm going tomorrow. Thanks for the help.

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-09-2006, 09:40 AM
 
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My dear wife washes my Joe Rocket gear in the washing machine using Woolite on the gentle cycle. Of course she removes the armor first. Then hangs it in the garage to dry and re-installs the armor when dry.

Yep, she's a real keeper. Just can't seem to teach her how to clean fish though.
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