Dos and don’ts of washing snow pants
Remember that these are general guidelines and the specific care instructions for your snow pants may vary. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when they are available.
5-step guide to washing snow pants
Check the Label
Always start by reading the care instructions on the label of your snow pants. This will tell you whether the pants are machine washable, what kind of detergent you should use, and how you should dry the pants.
If there are any noticeable stains on the pants, use a stain remover or a gentle detergent to pretreat these areas. Apply a small amount of the cleaner to the stain and gently rub it in. Let it sit for 15 minutes before washing.
Wash the Pants
Turn your snow pants inside out to protect the outer layer. If possible, use a technical wash designed for outdoor gear, which will preserve the water-resistant properties of the material. If this is not available, use a gentle detergent. Wash the pants on a gentle cycle with cold water.
Ensure all detergent is removed from the pants, as residual detergent can reduce their water-resistance. Consider running an extra rinse cycle to make sure all the soap is gone.
Dry the Pants
Air dry your snow pants if possible. Lay them out flat to dry in a well-ventilated area. If the care label allows it, you can also tumble dry them on low heat. Some snow pants benefit from a cycle in the dryer, as the heat can help reactivate their water-resistant coating.
Can I machine wash my snow pants?
Yes, most snow pants can be machine washed, but it’s always best to check the care label first to be sure.
What kind of detergent should I use to wash my snow pants?
A technical wash designed for outdoor gear is often the best choice. These detergents are designed to preserve the water-resistant properties of the material. If this isn’t available, use a gentle detergent.
Can I use fabric softener when washing my snow pants?
No, fabric softener can damage the water-resistant coating on snow pants, so it’s best to avoid it.
Can I dry my snow pants in the dryer?
It depends on the care label. Some snow pants can be tumble dried on low heat, and the heat can actually help reactivate their water-resistant coating. However, others should be air dried to prevent damage.
Why should I avoid using regular detergent when washing my snow pants?
Regular detergents can leave residues that reduce the water and windproof qualities of the fabric. If a technical wash isn’t available, make sure to rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent.
Can I iron my snow pants?
No, ironing can damage the water-resistant coating and other materials in the snow pants. It’s best to avoid ironing them.
How often should I wash my snow pants?
You should wash your snow pants whenever they’re noticeably dirty or start to smell. Overwashing can reduce the lifespan of the pants, but not washing them enough can lead to buildup of dirt and oils, which can also damage the material and reduce water resistance.
Can I bleach my snow pants?
No, bleach can damage the material and color of the snow pants, so it’s best to avoid it.