Product care

Maintenance and Care

To make your purchase even more enjoyable, the fabric used for Cortèz is not harmed by washing! This will actually ensure the jacket’s waterproofness and extend its lifespan.
When to wash your jacket: Make sure to wash your jacket after every 10-12 days of continuous use or after 100-120 hours of use. When possible, use a cleaning agent specifically made for technical fabrics.
When to reapply Durable Water Repellant (DWR): DWR must be reapplied with a spray after 15 washing cycles or when the jacket is wetting out. The jacket is wetting out when the fabric is no longer beading water. If this is the case even after it’s been washed and dried, it’s time to reapply DWR.
 
Washing Instructions
To avoid any mishaps when washing, follow the instructions below carefully:
Step 1 | Preparation for washing: Close all zippers and velcro and release tension on all elastic draw cords. Remove dirt and impurities on the jacket before it is actually washed by simply rinsing it with water.
Step 2 | Washing: We advise to wash your jacket after every 10-12 days of continuous use or after 100-120 hours of use. The garment should be washed at 30 degrees, with a liquid detergent and no softening or rinsing agents. If possible, try using a cleaning agent made specifically for technical fabrics. Do not use bleach. It is best to rinse the garment one more time after washing to ensure there is no detergent left on the fabric. Do not dry-clean.
Step 3 | Drying: Let the jacket hang out to dry naturally.
Step 4 | Reactivate DWR and Waterproofing: When the jacket is dry, tumble your jacket in a low setting in the dryer for 20 minutes to effectively reactivate DWR and waterproofing. Ironing is not needed but can be done at a low setting, using a damp cloth between the iron and the garment.
 
Reapply DWR
When to reapply DWR: Your Cortèz jacket has a DWR coating, which causes water to bead and roll off, making its fabric water repelling. This treatment prevents the fabric from attracting dirt, making it more breathable, while simultaneously giving optimal moisture vapor transportation to the fabric. As time goes by, this coating will slowly wear off, especially in vulnerable places like the seat, knees, shoulders and elbows. Re-application of the DWR treatment will restore your jacket’s performance. Renewal of the DWR coating is recommended after 15 washing cycles or if your jacket is wetting out. Use your own discretion for the reapplication frequency, also depending on your jacket’s usage.
Step 1 | Preparation for washing: Close all zippers and velcro and release tension on all elastic draw cords. Remove dirt and impurities on the jacket before it is actually washed by simply rinsing it with water.
Step 2 | Washing: We advise to wash your jacket after every 10-12 days of continuous use or after 100-120 hours of use. The garment should be washed at 30 degrees, with a liquid detergent and no softening or rinsing agents. If possible, try using a cleaning agent made specifically for technical fabrics. Do not use bleach. It is best to rinse the garment one more time after washing to ensure there is no detergent left on the fabric. Do not dry-clean.
Step 3 | Re-apply water-repellent: Once washed, remove your Cortèz from the washing machine and shake off the excess water. Hang the damp jacket and spray DWR evenly on the wet face fabric of the garment, focusing on the high-wear areas mentioned above. After applying the DWR proceed to step 4.
Step 4 | Drying: Let the jacket hang out to dry naturally.
Step 5 | Re-activate DWR and Waterproofing: When the jacket is dry, tumble your jacket in a low setting in the dryer for 20 minutes to effectively re-activate DWR and waterproofing. Ironing is not needed but can be done at a low setting with a damp cloth between the iron and the garment.
General Tips: Remember, the jacket must be totally dry before being stowed away. Also good to keep in mind that the environment you store the garment should not be too hot or too humid.