Olympia hi-viz jacket wash – end of season cleaning leaves ‘patina’

After 4 riding seasons, our end of the season wash didn't get our Olympia jacket perfectly clean

Used for 4 riding seasons, our end of the season wash didn’t get our Olympia jacket perfectly clean.  This photo (after washing) shows dark stains

After our recent 4-day tour to Montana and Idaho (3 days and more than 2,000 km riding in rain, sleet and snow), our Olympia hi-viz jacket was sorely in need of a good cleaning.

Grimy road spray had covered the sleeves and upper chest/shoulder sections of the touring jacket in a nasty grunge.  With very few riding days remaining in the season, I was compelled to wash the jacket.

Main washing ingredients: Simple Green (diluted 10 parts water to 1 part cleaner as per Olympia's instructions) and Nikwax

Main washing ingredients: Simple Green (diluted 10 parts water to 1 part cleaner as per Olympia’s instructions) and Nikwax Tech Wash for ‘waterproof’ garments

Earlier this year, we had very good cleaning results using Nikwax Tech Wash , a cleaning agent designed specifically for ‘wet weather’ clothing.  (Techwax can be purchased at outdoors retailers such as Mountain Equipment Co-op.)

Results

Overall, the Olympia jacket came out fairly clean, but not perfect.  Certainly not German mother-in-law perfect.

Despite pre-cleaning major stained areas with Simple Green (diluted 10 parts water to 1 part cleaner, as prescribed by Olympia) and then washing in Nikwax, stains to the high exposure areas (sleeves and upper body) remain, although clearly much cleaner than before washing.

After 4 riding seasons of cold and foul weather use, I guess we have to accept this touring jacket has got to have some ‘patina’, so we’re not entirely unhappy with the fact it doesn’t look showroom new.  The ability to retain grime, even after washing, is one of the compromises of wearing a hi-viz jacket, which is entirely acceptable.

Some stains seem embedded in the jacket, despite treating with Simple Green and scrubbing with a nylon brush

After washing, Some stains seem embedded in the jacket, despite treating with Simple Green and scrubbing with a nylon brush.  Photo of right sleeve wrist

How we washed ‘hand washed’ the jacket

Remove armour before washing jacket. We snapped a photo to remember the correct direction to replace pads

Remove armour before washing jacket. We snapped a photo to remember the correct direction to replace pads

Step 1:  Remove the jacket’s armour; close zippers and do up all buttons

Step 2:  Spray heavily soiled areas with Simple Green (diluted 10 parts water to 1 part Simple Green) and scrub with a soft bristle nylon brush

Fill bathtub with warm water, place jacket in water, add 100-150 ml Techwax Tech Wash

Fill bathtub with warm water, place jacket in water, add 100-150 ml Techwax Tech Wash.  Rinse with clean, warm water 3 times

Step 3:  Fill the bathtub with 5-6 in. warm water, place jacket in water front (dirty) side down; add 100-150 ml Techwax Tech Wash (Techwash advises adding cleaner after filling water)

Step 4:  Let garment soak for 20-30 minutes, and ‘work’ the jacket by repeatedly stepping on the jacket in the bath water as if you’re foot-pressing grapes

Step 5:  Drain wash water and refill bathtub with warm, clean water 3 times (using the ‘foot pressing’ technique each time)

Step 6:  Hang outside to dry

 

 

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