opp2 wrote:Ok, so I just got my new gortex jacket to go with my new X-26. I wore it last night because, well it was raining. I go to the TH and order a bagel this am. I'm in the drive thru(first bad move). Then I order a bagel toasted with butter (second bad move). I pay and move on. I open the bagel and take a bite. Even before I get a bite, I feel warm liquid on my hand, down my arm. Sure enough, the bagel is swimming in butter. Worse yet, what aint swimming in butter is shedding it all over my new coat, my pants, my hands...boy was I steamed . I have spoken to the 16 year old about how much butter you actually put on a bagel. He made me a new one and offered to dry clean my coat. I take the second bagel out to the car, open it without driving this time...sure 'nuf...this one aint swimming, but it is in the butter wading pool...WTF? So off I go back into the store. This time I'm not quite so nice (and that isn't good cause I wasn't really nice the first time )
Anyway, the moral or question is..anyone know how to get butter out of gortex without using warm water. The wash instructions are cold water only. Anyone ever washed their gortex and tumbled it dry?
Should've given the X-26 a test run on this 16-yr old!
Seriously, I have a civvy Gore-Tex ski coat, have washed it cold, and then tumble-dry by itself on low. I don't think cold water will cut it with butter stains though!
Any chance of contacting the manufacturer?
By the way, your experience is exactly why I will not order bagels from Timmy's anymore. It's nice that they're generous with the bagel spread, but how do they expect you to eat it?!
Gortex Care: Wash it lots, Dry it with Heat. It goes on to state: "The importance of keeping your Gortex clothing clean cannot be overstated. Dirt is the enemy to be removed. (Dirt promotes absorption of water droplets through the barrier in the "wrong" direction). Wash your garments frequently using a powdered detergent, following the care instructions on the sewn in label. A second rinse cycle ensures removal of detergent residue. Do not drip-dry! High heat in the drier and even a light ironing help reactivate the fabrics surface water repellency."
Maybe give this a try, and if that does not work, conatct the manufacturer (as stated above.)
I hate Tim Hortons for that exact reason. I once ordered a bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese (drive-through.) I opened it up to find a bagel with a good inch or so of both regular cream cheese and herb and garlic........that bagel went to the birds!!
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But yeah, you can machine wash your gore-tex and then tumble-dry. It's what you're supposed to do to re-activate the membrane once water doesn't bead on it anymore, so there's no harm in doing it. Just follow the label washing directions.
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The only suggestion is that as you wash repeatedly you lose the DWR (Durable Water Repelency) treatment, which is what makes the water "bead" on the surface. If you find it is gone after you wash, you can pick some new stuff up.
Conveniently the stuff I use is called "Tx-direct wash-in", applied by washing your coat and adding this stuff as per the instructions. You can also by a spray bottle version, but I find the wash-in works better.
Now, bear in mind that getting that damn butter out is the first order of business, and how you do that? I'd just wash it like anything else. Gore-tex is NOT as sensitive as some might have you believe!!
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I get the same thing everywhere I go, too much butter / cream cheese, maybe an email to customer service is in order...
I actually complained to Tim's HQ (after mentioning it to store staff a few times) with regards to a continually dirty washroom (QEW / Victoria Ave), and within a month the problem was resolved!
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opp2 wrote:Thanks all. I read the care instructions and they read wash in cold water (no butter coming out there) and tumble dry low. However the insert that came with it said wash in warm water with powder detergent and tumble dry low, low iron.
Does the colour fade when washed? That's what peeved me the most. you know most of the time when you wash something black or midnight navy, it is going to be dark grey or navy when you're done with it, and I've worn this coat a grand total 10 hours when this happened....
Goretex is about the toughest material out there. I've had beer, vomit, automobile grease, etc on mine. Warm wash, lots of soap. Run it through again without any to get the excess out.
Run it into the dryer, for about 20 mins. Once its done, remove it immediately so the jacket doesn't melt on any hot elements.
I have had goretex stuff for years, the best advice is wash it lots and dry it hot as it says on the gore website, it doesn't seem to affect the face fabric and actually helps it. Use on mild detergent though, otherwise it has a tendancy to "plug up" the little pores in the goretex memberane.
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Orange wrote:I've had beer, vomit, automobile grease, etc on mine.
Did you throw up on yourself and pass out in the middle of the road after a big beer binge and get run over by a car?
I've had the same issue with Tim Horton's. I always ask for a wee bit of butter and they always seem to coat, pardon the pun, the damn thing! There have been so many times that butter has ended up on my coat, usually after I just wash the thing!!! The Zero fabric wash seems to do the trick.
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