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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Taking care of the riding gear

How do you wash your motorcycle textile jacket? I'm mostly asking about a machine wash.

I would appreciate an advice from people that actually have an experience machine washing a textile jacket....rather than comments saying that you never wash it, or I need to ride in the rain etc.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:14 AM
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Motoport gear is washable, but only in a front-loading washer.

I remove the armor, and wash it on delicate in cold water. Drip dry.

Works great.

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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:39 AM
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Throw it into the washer with a small amount of mild detergent like Woolite. If it's less than 80 degrees outside, hang it up to dry. Over 80? Put it on and ride.

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Read the garment label and follow directions

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 09:25 AM
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I usually wash my Olympia jacket when "she" tells me to. It is apparent "she" can see the dirt better then I. Wash about once per quarter. I just put the jacket in the washer with some Cheer on low wash. Pull her out and hang in garage and it's ready to go. No I don't take out the armour. This works for me and "her"!

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 09:28 AM
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I've just asked the supreme launderer who has washed my jacket before. Her advice (my experience is if she give you advice, you'd better follow it or you'll regret it for a long time!) is to remove any removable lining and pads. Then spray highly soiled areas and wear areas with SHOUT (or similar pre-wash). Wash the jacket in the machine with warm or cold water. Include a heavy towel in the machine to provide some balance. Hang the jacket to dry.
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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 10:29 AM
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Once a year I pour Nikwax into the washer and wash 2 jackets with no other laundry. Nikwax preserves and reinforces any waterproof qualities, particularly if the jacket is older. Several types available at sports/camping stores.
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 12:03 PM
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+1 for Nikwax Techwash. I use it regularly on all my waterproof riding gear.

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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 01:13 PM
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My jacket does not recommend washing. I fill a wash tub with soapy water and slosh the jacket around a few times, then let is soak. Rinse it out, put it a bucket to transport out side and hose it off. Hang it up and let air dry.
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