How to restore your jacket's water-repellent properties?

Does your hiking or trekking jacket seem less waterproof than when you first wore it? Don't panic, here’s how to get it back to how it was!

How to restore your jacket's water-repellent properties?
Quechua - How to reactivate your jacket’s water-repellency

The water-repellent property of a fabric is its capacity to make water run off its surface without absorbing it. This prevents the fabric from soaking up water and keeps it lightweight and breathable. The fabric is made water-repellent by treating its outer surface, however this property may deteriorate with use.

Bram, our jacket product manager, explains how to wash your jacket to restore its water-repellent property and so stay dry in all weathers!


Close all the zips and flaps and remove any parts of the jacket that aren't washable. Also remember to loosen the straps and elasticated parts and to empty the pockets.

Then turn it inside out for washing.


You can wash your jacket on a 30° or 40°C synthetic cycle using your usual detergent. Do not use fabric softener as it can damage the original garment performance, nor bleach of course.

To avoid any unwanted surprises, don't mix with coloured clothing or different fabrics.

Also be careful not to fold your vest too much when you place it in the washing machine and don't overload your machine.

Extremely important: choose a long rinse or do a double rinse to get rid of any remaining detergent.


Drying is an essential stage in restoring the waterproof property.

I recommend you then leave your jacket to air-dry laid flat on a drying rack. Never dry your jacket directly on a radiator.

Dry it on the synthetic cycle of your tumble dryer for around 10 to 15 minutes before turning it back the right way out. Be careful to never over-dry the garment.

If drops of water still don't run off the surface of your jacket in despite of this washing, long rinse and soft tumble dry process, we recommend that you “re-waterproof” using a spray sold in our stores.

Enjoy walking under the rain?