How to Take Care of your OMM Gear
At Running Bear, we understand that buying an OMM Jacket is an investment towards your training. Proper care of your waterproof clothing can preserve the quality and extend the longevity of the garment. OMM offers high-quality clothing that provides exceptional weather protection and breathability.
The buildup of dirt, sweat, salt and sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of your jacket which is why we recommend that you wash your jacket regularly. Depending on how often you use your jacket, as a general rule of thumb you should probably wash your jacket every 20-30 days. Even if you do not have time to wash your jacket thoroughly if possible try to rinse your jacket just to unclog the debris from the membrane.
Properly washing your OMM jacket removes dirt and other contaminants restoring its water repellency and breathability. At Running Bear, we offer the OMM recommended cleaning supplies, Storm Care, for our customers. You can have confidence that Storm Care will wash your garments thoroughly but still be gentle on your technical clothing. If you are going to invest in OMM gear, it makes sense to take care of your purchase in the best way possible. If you ever have any questions about OMM Gear, please do not hesitate to call us!
General Washing Information:
To prepare your OMM garment for washing; close the main zippers, open pocket zippers, and release the tension on all elastic drawcords.
Add cleaning agent to the machine and wash the garment on a medium heat setting (30°C /40°C / 104°F).
Remove the garment, shake to remove excess water and place it in the dryer.
DWR is reactivated best when tumble dried at a low heat setting (40°C / 104°F) for 40 up to minutes.
How to Wash Your Insulated Garment
We strongly recommend washing your insulated jacket in a FRONT LOADING washing machine. Select the gentle cycle with a two-rinse setting and a wash temperature of 30°C / 86°F. Tumble dry your garment inside out on a warm/medium (60°C / 140°F) temperature setting for approximately 30-40 minutes or until dry. First, to remove stubborn stains, spot clean the stained area with Storm Care Clothing Wash, allowing the stained area to soak for 10-15 min, or use a stain eraser on the contaminated site. Then wash and dry the garment as per the instructions given above.
How to Wash your OMM Pack
The best way to wash your pack is simply with water. You can either rub the dirt off with your hands, or else you can scrub the pack with a soft brush. You should be able to get most of the dirt off this way.
If you feel that you need to use soap, use a mild or pure soap or an outdoor wash such as Storm Care Clothing Wash and rinse the pack thoroughly to remove any residue.
Hang the pack to dry (don't use a dryer or any other source of heat). If you hang the pack outside, leave it in the shade. It should dry overnight, but it might take longer depending on the climate.
Remove the back pad before washing to speed up drying time.
DWR is a polymer applied to the face fabric of an OMM garment. When the garment is not shedding water like it used to, even after it's been washed and dried, it's time to reapply the DWR. We recommend using Storm Care Eco Proofer.
After washing, close all zippers, hang the wet garment on a hanger and spray DWR evenly and generously onto the wet face fabric of the garment, concentrating on areas of high wear such a the waist, shoulders and sleeves or where you have noticed a particular drop in the beading effect.
Next, place the garment in a tumble drier on a low heat setting (30°C /40°C / 104°F) for up to 40 minutes. We do not recommend using a wash-in DWR, though these will be almost as effective.
If you do not have a tumble dryer, hang the garment somewhere warm, such as above a radiator (though not on or in contact with). The application of heat helps bond the chemical treatment to the fibres.