Are you ready for the start of the winter season? The sun is shining, the powder is beckoning, the mountain is calling. But oh my! Your ski gear, which was quickly mothballed in the spring, could use a good freshening up? No problem: Intersport pro Denis has plenty of tips on how to properly wash and care for skiwear.
UV rays, freezing cold, sweat, sunscreen or ketchup stains. Ski jackets and pants will certainly have to withstand a lot again in the coming winter season. To ensure that you can wear your favorite pieces for a long time to come, proper care is essential. In order not to impair the function of your high-performance materials, you should wash your ski clothing as rarely as possible. However, if extensive airing is no longer enough, store manager Denis from Intersport Okay am Gamsgarten knows good advice: "Gentle care is particularly important for ski clothing and down jackets. That's why my first look is always at the manufacturer's label."
Don't be afraid of the washing machine: Ski clothing can and should be cleaned thoroughly - even if only as often as necessary. The manufacturer's instructions provide initial information on how and with what you should treat your clothing as gently as possible. "I recommend using special functional detergents from specialist retailers. For natural fibers like down, there are even special down detergents," says Denis. High-quality detergents also have a hygiene effect that eliminates odors after the delicate wash cycle. In the professional's experience, cheap products from discount stores usually wouldn't manage that: "I also advise absolutely sticking to the manufacturer's temperature recommendation. Newer washing machine models also have practical programs such as delicates." In addition, you should impregnate your weather clothing from time to time. This makes it easy to reactivate the functions and renew the beading effect.
Deni's tip: "Every two to three washes, reach for the spray can and be sure to go outside."
If you want to make things easier for yourself later on, you can look out for easy-care materials when buying. However, it always depends on the desired function. Denis and his colleagues in the sports stores therefore attach great importance to individual advice: "Even if good clothing costs a little more, you benefit from durability and comfort." In terms of functionality, it is therefore worth opting for products from brand manufacturers such as Gore-Tex, Dermizax, PrimaLoft or similar.
"Normally, you shouldwashyour ski clothing again according to the manufacturer's instructions on the labelbefore putting it away , dry it properly and then hang it in the closet or store it elsewhere. For gloves, it is recommended - if possible according to the info - towashthem by hand," Denis reveals his ritual after the last downswing.
Those who slept throughthis at the end of the season can also carry out the same procedure at the start of the season. Thoroughly impregnate again and nothing more stands in the way of the first ski days. By the way, if you don't want to give smelly ski boots a chance in the future, you should always dry them at the end of the skiing day and air them thoroughly before putting them away. " For this purpose, there are also mobile, small boot dryers on the market," Denis knows and points out the possibility of using boot disinfectants .