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Old 01-23-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Cleaning stains off a textile jacket

I now have two jackets, one Aerostich and one Tourmaster that both have stains on them, road grime, oil, or something.

What is the best way to clean them?

Also, I read somewhere that there is something that you can add in if you wash them that makes them water resistant, but I can't find that post now.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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Any of the stain sticks will work well in pretreating stains. I use the shout one with great results.

As for the wash-in waterproofing, you're most likely thinking of NikWax's TX Direct. http://www.aerostich.com/nikwax-tx-d...repellent.html Just be sure you've already washed the gear first or you'll waterproof your stains. Also, washing Goretex is a bit different. Some laundry detergents will leave residue that will clog the pores and reduce your breathability. Follow the instructions. I use the NikWax tech wash for all my goretex gear and it works very well.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:02 AM   #3
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If the oil is set-in (been there a while) you may have to break it down before you can wash it out. A squirt or two of WD40 worked into the stain has done the trick for me. Then hit it hard with Shout, Simple Green or whatever.

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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Question Caked Mud

Along the same topic; Caked mud on Textile Pants. I usually hose off majority when I get home, but it was too Cold last week and certainly too Cold today. Had some foaming Fabric/Leather Cleaner from Wal-mart. Used up. Need recommendations.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info, that's what I needed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:48 AM   #6
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Once the mud is good and dry, you can slam em down on the back steps several times; usually knocks most of the stuff right off. Then on to the wash.

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Along the same topic; Caked mud on Textile Pants. I usually hose off majority when I get home, but it was too Cold last week and certainly too Cold today. Had some foaming Fabric/Leather Cleaner from Wal-mart. Used up. Need recommendations.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:20 AM   #7
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I have a Tourmaster High Viz jacket as my secondary riding jacket. My work jackets are high viz yellow and tend to get just as dirty as my riding jacket. I've used this technique on my work jackets and my riding jacket and as silly as it may sound, give it a try. I recently responded to a call where my jacket came back absolutely FILTHY. I tried the regular stain pre-treaters and nothing worked. I put some of this shit on it and my jacket looks brand new.

Its simply Blue Dawn Dish Detergent and Hydrogen Peroxide. My wife swears by the stuff.

http://moderndaymoms.com/homemade-miracle-cleaner/
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:47 AM   #8
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leave the stains alone...it gives you street cred
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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I just rub in some garage hand cleaner (GOJO or Permatex fast orange, etc) onto the stains, let it sit for a bit then wash. After the wash, re-treat with Nikwax Tec wash.
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I have a Tourmaster High Viz jacket as my secondary riding jacket. My work jackets are high viz yellow and tend to get just as dirty as my riding jacket. I've used this technique on my work jackets and my riding jacket and as silly as it may sound, give it a try. I recently responded to a call where my jacket came back absolutely FILTHY. I tried the regular stain pre-treaters and nothing worked. I put some of this shit on it and my jacket looks brand new.

Its simply Blue Dawn Dish Detergent and Hydrogen Peroxide. My wife swears by the stuff.

http://moderndaymoms.com/homemade-miracle-cleaner/
We have this in the house, I'm gonna try it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:11 PM   #11
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+1 for blue Dawn dish soap as a grease remover and clothing stain pre-treater. I use it to wash grease from my hands also. Works great!
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:59 AM   #12
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Peroxide is basically like a bleach, Dawn has a well deserved reputation as a grease cutter. Makes sense they would do well together.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:20 AM   #13
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If they sell DL Hand Cleaner (i.e. DL Permatex Blue Label Hand Cleaner) nearby, that is a great grease/oil and dirt stain remover which works on laundry. The 'oxy-clean' and such stain removing powders are hydrogen peroxide in a powder form.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:26 AM   #14
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I now have two jackets, one Aerostich and one Tourmaster that both have stains on them, road grime, oil, or something.
I've gotten reasonable results following the Aerostich recommendations: Shout and a powdered detergent then wash with their waterproofing stuff in the machine. I've also used an orange-based cleaner some years. As I say, reasonable results.

This year I sent my high-viz Darien to Duluth to have them clean it. I got it back today and the results are fantastic. The jacket hasn't been this bright in years.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:48 PM   #15
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Stains

Iv'e hosed down the gear, then applied undiluted simple green, let soak, then scrub with a nylon brush, reapply as required, scrub then rinse throughly and let air dry. Seems to work good until the next stain finds its way back on to your equipment.
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