Looking at your running shoes might currently spur some bittersweet feelings: the excitement of putting them on to go for a run, opposed to the frustration of having to stay inside. If staying inside is making you miserable, we have some content for you to remind you that it is worth waiting for this all to blow over.
But this is also a great time of take care of your outdoor gear. When you exercise regularly, you don’t always take time to clean your shoes or rinse your jacket after a run. Here are 3 articles to help you with keeping your shoes, ski clothes and Gore-Tex garments pristine, and making sure it lasts as long as possible.
CLEANING YOUR SHOES
Washing your running shoes is not just a question of aesthetics. It’s also about hygiene and durability.
Cleaning your shoes usually takes less than 10 minutes, and all you need is a sink with water, a soft brush, and a disinfectant spray. Remove the dirt first, then remove the insoles and rinse the shoe. Use the brush to get rid of the remaining dirt. Make sure you let them dry properly, in a well-ventilated room at room temperature.
You can also re-waterproof your shoes, or use the anti-odor spray if they still smell bad. In this article, we’ll give you more detailed and practical advice.
HOW TO WASH GORE-TEX CLOTHING
Whether it’s a technical jacket or a pair of ski pants, when you wash waterproof clothing with a Gore-Tex type membrane you need to be careful not to damage it.
Start by emptying the pockets, close all zippers, but don't turn it inside-out as the garment is on the inside.
By following these instructions, you will be able to wash your garment worry-free and reactivate the waterproofing at the same time.
WASHING YOUR SKI JACKETS AND PANTS
Skiing is not known for being a particularly dirty winter sport. Nevertheless, knowing how to wash your ski clothing is essential for preserving its functionality and extending its lifespan.
First off, pay attention to the labels that will tell you what your jacket and pants are made of, along with instructions on how to wash them. Then, throw your clothes in a washing machine after making sure you emptied the pockets, closed all zippers and Velcro, and turned the garment inside-out.
For ski clothing made of down, add four tennis balls to the machine.
Click on this link for more details on cleaning and drying, and you’ll no longer be afraid to wash your ski clothing or your down jacket!