It is not always easy to find your way around the different indications on the labels. Your first task is to check whether your ski suit is machine-safe or not.
➡️ Wash my ski trousers and jacket in the washing machine
Whatever the composition of your ski trousers and jacket - except for Gore-Tex membranes - you can wash them in the washing machine by following these 6 steps:
1. Empty all the pockets on your ski suit
2. Scrub the stained areas of your suit with a mild soap, water and a brush (such as a nail brush). Insist on the parts that are often blackened by rubbing: the bottom of your ski trousers, the sleeves of your jacket and the collar. If you have a grease stain on your ski clothes, here's how to get rid of it.
3. Before putting your ski suit in the machine, close all zips and velcro. If you have buttons or snaps on your outfit, leave them open.
4. Turn your outfit inside out to protect the covering and decorative elements.
5. Use a standard liquid detergent (not washing powder) in your usual dosage to clean your anorak and ski trousers in the washing machine. Please do not use any other products or fabric softener.
6. Opt for the synthetic programme at 30° on your washing machine with a maximum of 800rpm.
If your ski jacket is a down jacket or is stuffed with feathers, add clean washing balls or tennis balls during the washing process so that the material is not packed. At the end of your first cycle, rinse and spin again to remove any detergent residue that may remain in the upholstery.
➡️ Waterproof membranes: which programme to choose for your suit
If your ski suit is made of Gore-Tex membrane, a few steps are different when it comes to washing.
When washing Gore-Tex waterproof membranes, do not turn your garment inside out: the membrane is on the inside. Then opt for the synthetic programme at 30° with a maximum of 600rpm and repeat the rinse and spin at the end of the first cycle.
➡️ Ski suit: hand-washing
Is your outfit unsuitable for machine washing? Don't have a washing machine? Be patient when washing your ski suit by hand.
1. First, run warm water with mild soap in your bathtub or in a basin that can hold all your clothes.
2. Soak your entire suit in soapy water.
3. Turn your ski suit over several times by hand, kneading to remove the stains. For the most stubborn stains, scrub with a brush and soap.
4. Rinse with clean water using the shower head and squeezing the garment to remove the soapy water.
5. Wring out your outfit without twisting (twisting damages the linings and coating). Finally, you can put your garment between two towels to absorb the remaining water.