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Keep It Clean: Washing Your Muddy, Wet Changing Robe for Durability

When it comes to maintaining quality and functionality of your changing robe, less is definitely more. We've all been there, our changing robe gets a bit muddy, and our first instinct is to throw it in the wash.

However, frequent washing can age the garment's outer shell and reduce its effectiveness.

So, what's the best way to keep your changing robe clean without compromising its performance?

If you need to wash your changing robe, there's a specific method we recommend. But remember, washing should be the
last resort. A quick shake or spot clean with a damp sponge often does the trick. Let's delve into the do's and don'ts of washing a changing robe.

Daily changing robe maintenance

Maintaining the quality and functionality of your changing robe is easy if you know the right tricks. Here are some tips on how to properly care for your robe between uses and even when it's mud-laden.

Your Changing Robe Between Uses

Unlike standard garments, changing robes require very minimal washing. If anything, we can't stress enough that we should reduce washing it as much as possible. It's a simple rule, less washing equals longer life for your waterproof changing robes. This unique feature belies some common perceptions about hygiene.

Overwashing can potentially age the garment's outer shell and reduce its functional effectiveness. After each use, a quick shake or a spot clean with a damp sponge can keep your changing robe spick-and-span without having to resort to a full wash.

Mud Friendly

Changing robes have got an additional benefit - they are designed to handle mud and dirt without compromising warmth or comfort. That's right, even covered in mud, your changing robe will function at an optimal level without the need for immediate washing. The secret lies in its special outer shell fabric which gives it super powers against dirt and mud.

The same rule applies to your mud splattered changing robe, limit washing as much as possible. Just make sure to dry it properly at room temperature after every use. Also, always remember to store our changing robes away from heat. An ideal storage place is a wardrobe or a set of drawers where it can breathe and regain its form for the next adventure.

If your changing robe happens to need a proper good scrub, do so with caution and strictly adhere to the recommended wash instructions. For instance, avoid tumble drying, bleach, harsh detergents, and fabric softeners. When it comes to drying a changing robe, air drying tops our list. By using a washing line or a hanger, we can effectively dry and preserve its quality.

With careful care and maintenance, our changing robes will confidently keep us warm and comfortable during our various escapades, whether it's surfing, swimming or just being out in the great outdoors. More importantly, it helps us contribute to the sustainability efforts of the brand and the planet. After all, less washing means saving water and energy.

How to machine wash your changing robe

There can come a time when our beloved changing robe calls for a spot of extra attention. It's not about scrubbing and brushing, but gentle machine washing. A bit wary about how to go about it? No need to fret. We'll guide you through each step, ensuring your robust companion maintains its quality and durability.

Firstly, turn your changing robe inside out. It's a trick you wouldn't want to skip, shutting all zips firmly and subtly safeguarding the fabric from direct exposure to harsh washing conditions. It's also about reducing microplastics that could escape in the wash. For that, we recommend customers use a machine-washable commercial-sized mesh laundry bag.

Move on to select a delicate cycle on your washing machine. It's a common misconception that only cold water washes are suitable. However, a safe bet is a maximum of 30C washing temperature. This way, you strike a balance between cleanliness and fabric care.

Let's talk about a friend to our waterproof changing robes, Grangers Performance Wash. It's a concentrated formula to add during the machine cycle. This solution not only cleanses but also waterproofs clothes in one go, neutralising odours and maintaining breathability.

Never put your changing robe in the tumble dryer. It may sound dramatic, but it can significantly shorten the life of your robe. Instead, opt for air-drying, either on a washing line or a hanger. Keep it away from direct sunlight and turn it inside out as it dries for faster results with the inner lining.

One last piece of advice for when your changing robe is soaking wet post-machine wash. Lay it on a dry towel and roll to absorb as much excess moisture as possible. This easy step can prove to be a game-changer in maintaining the integrity of your special garment.

In essence, it's about treating your changing robe like the reliable friend it is, navigating mud, weather, and outdoor activities right by your side. The right care will take you both a long way, as rainy seasons roll in or the adventure calls.

How to re-proof your changing robe

We've talked about cleaning and drying your robe to preserve its longevity, so now it's time to explore reproofing. Reproofing is crucial to maintain the effectiveness of waterproof changing robes and should not be overlooked.

The best changing robes are waterproof or water-resistant; however, with time and washing cycles, their original waterproofing can start to diminish. Water that once beaded on the outer layer may start soaking through, but that doesn't mean the end of its life.

A simple home reproofing process can help restore the weather resistance to its optimal performance - here's our advice:

1. Prepping your robe for reproofing

First, dampen the outside of your changing robe and hang it up outside on a dry day or in a garage. This preparation ensures you can evenly apply your reproofing spray.

2. Applying the reproofing spray

Coat your changing robe in a layer of reproofing spray, ensuring full coverage. Remember, it's essential to let it air dry and ensure it is fully dry before you decide to wear it again.

Grangers Performance Repel Plus typically holds enough product to reproof a changing robe two or even three times. Its neutral scent and compatibility with Gore-Tex makes it a versatile solution for reproofing all your waterproof gear.

You've learnt the basic procedure of reproofing a changing robe. But how often should this be done? Well, based on how frequently you use your robe and the conditions you expose it to, a simple visual inspection should guide you. When you start to see water soaking into the material rather than beading on the surface during heavy downpours, it's time for a reproofing session.

By diligently following these steps, we can keep our changing robes at their peak performance, ready to shield us from unpredictable weather during our outdoor activities. Thus the essence of a changing robe - acting as a reliable companion, steadfastly protecting us from the elements - is uncompromised. The act of washing, drying, and now reproofing - it's all part of the joy of owning a changing robe, ensuring we're always ready to embrace the great outdoors, come rain or shine.

How to dry your changing robe

After a thorough wash cycle, it's time to put our changing robe on the drying line. Never, under any circumstances, should we put our changing robe in the tumble dryer. This could dramatically shorten the robe's life span, negating all our efforts in maintaining it. Exposing waterproof changing robes to extreme heat compromises their fabric integrity over time.

Equally vital to the drying process is keeping our changing robe out of direct sunlight. Despite its outdoor nature, exposing the robe to strong UV rays can lead to colour fade. Ultimately, our robe's aesthetic and material quality could suffer.

A useful tip to speed up air circulation inside the robe is to turn it inside out as it dries. This helps the inner lining, which holds more moisture, to air faster. Guess what? It's simple yet very effective.

In situations where we machine wash our changing robe and it's drenched, we've got a solution. To prevent the robe from dripping everywhere, we can remove excess water using a towel. Just lay the changing robe flat on a dry towel, and then roll the towel up. The towel will gradually absorb the surplus moisture, streamlining the drying process.

These are but a few but substantial tips for extending our changing robe's durability. With these guidelines, our changing robes can consistently warm us up, keep us dry, and serve as our personal changing station before and after outdoor activities without losing their splendid performance.

Remember, men's and women's changing robes, frequently used in various water sports, undergo wear and tear. Caring for our waterproof changing robes is non-negotiable to prolong their lifespan. An aspect which these steps help to achieve quite well.