Sometimes, the weather likes to tease us. It is all sunny, and suddenly the rain pours. That’s why it is best to have a raincoat or waterproof clothing with you to save yourself in case the clouds decide to shower.

Your raincoats or clothing picks up dirt or mud stains along the way. Thus, keeping your raincoat or waterproof clothing is essential to make it last longer. Do you have to bring them to the laundry service, or can you do it at home? This depends on your waterproof clothing. Here’s a guide you can follow.

Things to Remember When Washing Waterproof Clothing

  • Always read the wash label instructions to care for the clothing material properly.
  • Some raincoats or waterproof clothing have trimmings, such as leather collars. If this is the case, you have to wash the collar separately.
  • You have to use special laundry detergents for waterproof clothes.
  • Empty all the pockets and fasten or zip any straps or flaps before putting them in the washer.

Remove Stains on the Raincoat or Waterproof Clothes


Wipe off any surface stains on the jacket with a damp clean cloth or paper towel. You have to act immediately with stains to ensure it does not settle on the fabric or material. If the stain is pretty stubborn, wipe the surface with a clean cloth that is damped in water and vinegar solution.

Check the seams and zippers of the raincoat to check for spots. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub the spots gently.

Wash and Dry Raincoat and Waterproof Clothing


Again, read the care labels before throwing your raincoat into the washer. Do not forget to zip, fasten, or close buttons, zippers, and velcro to prevent damage. Choose a laundry detergent that is bleach-free and made from delicate clothes.

It is best to air dry your clothes outside in the sun. But if you do not have an outdoor space, it is better to dry your raincoat in a well-ventilated room. You can throw your raincoat in the dryer but ensure to set it in low or medium heat. Although throwing them in the dryer is not recommended, if that’s your only choice, throw in some towels to help absorb the excess heat and soften the tumbling impact.

If you notice some creases on your raincoat, dry it on a flat surface. You can steam or hair dryer over your raincoat to remove the deep-set creases. But ensure that the heat setting is the lowest.

The essence of knowing how to wash a raincoat and waterproof clothing is to preserve the water repellency of your clothes. If you decide to bring them for laundry delivery service, ensure to notify the staff not to use any bleach or fabric conditioner on your laundry load. These laundry essentials have chemicals that may affect the garment’s performance.

Washing raincoats and waterproof clothing is not a regular laundry obligation that you should do. Yet knowing these tips will make your laundry more effortlessly and efficiently.