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    Rally Rat paulsibek's Avatar
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    Apr 2004
    near Los Angeles

    Clean up my act?

    I have a Joe Rocket Ballistic jacket which is an ideal jacket for my commute into Los Angeles each morning.

    While the jacket is in physically great shape, is is (how you say...) filthy.

    Usually in order to clean it I remove the armour and throw it in the washer, using whatever detergent my wife is using. Warm water, regular cycle.

    My question is; what do you do/use to get your jackets sparkling clean?

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    leave my monkey alone LORAZEPAM's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    West Salem, OH
    I use Nikwax Tech Wash. It is a non detergent soap. It supposedly doesnt break down the waterproofing that is on your jacket. It cleans well, and I am happy with it.
    Gale Smith
    2009 Versys
    1999 R1100RT

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    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
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    Mar 2003
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    You are supposed to wash this stuff.

    It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride

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    Mr. Clean

    Pine-Sol. No joke. For whatever reason the stuff works wonders on all things nylon. I've washed all sorts of grubby nylon things over the years without a single problem. You may then just wash with "regular" detergent to take care of the pine smell. It seems to "stick" more to some things than others...


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    Has the GS-Lust The_Veg's Avatar
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    Atlanta 'burbs
    I use the lowest-priced liquid detergent and cold water. Warm might work better in theory but I've had no failure to clean as yet with cold. I'm not worried about detergent as waterproofing is nonexistant in my mesh gear, and my Kilimanjaro uses and internal membrane rather than a coating on the shell-fabric to keep water out. Of course I do remove all the padding except for those odd bits in the mesh jacket that are sewn in. If I think a stain might be tough, I'll spray it with a solution of Simple Green before washng. This worked well with the red dirt stains after my get-off a couple of weeks ago.
    I've had my mesh gear for 11 months now and it has been washed more times than I can count (takes only one ride to get it *FUNNNKAYYY* down here in TexSux during the hot seasons) with the above methods and no problems yet save for a seam that has come loose on the inner arm near the armpit. More ventilation.
    2012 R1200GS

    "If you can't fix it with a hammer, it's electrical." -somebody's dad

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    I use liquid Tide and cold water. The trick is to let the suit soak for a few hours as the washcycle in my laundry machine is way too short.
    In Ouray I even used the jacuzzi in my room to clean my riding suit. The suit had somehow taken on a life of its own after a few weeks on the road

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    a-r-r-r-r CGJohn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn
    You are supposed to wash this stuff.
    Let mother natures H2O clean the bugs off and Eat More Garlic !!!
    Enjoy, CG John
    P.S. Florida does have 4 seasons;
    Early, Late, This and Next Summer.
    I don't need to go fast... I just need to keep going

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    Rocky Bow BMW Riders #197 bogthebasher's Avatar
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    Calgary AB
    Bump - Anyone looking for Nikwax Tech Wash Cleaner in Canada can find it at MEC (in store or online). They also sell the Nikwax TX Direct wash-in or Spray On water-proofer to restore the water repellent capability.
    Ken Dittrick
    2008 R1200RT (Biarritz Blau)

    Excuses are the rocks upon which our dreams are crushed - Tim Fargo

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    Kbiker BCKRider's Avatar
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    B.C. Canada
    Hey, Ken, thanks for the tip! My Rev-It suit is certainly due for a wash. When it was brand new, took it to New Zealand for three weeks of fantastic riding. Had one day of heavy rain and though it kept me dry (like many suits, this one has a removable rain liner,) I swear the sucker gained ten pounds of weight! Clearly something that caused it to "repel" rain would be a big benefit.
    1992 K100RS

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    Registered User middleagecrazy's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
    Joliet, IL
    I have a high viz yellow Joe Rocket Phoenix 4.0 Jacket which I took to the cleaners 3 weeks ago and it looks as good as new.

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    Wash my jacket and pants in Woolite and cold water, repeat rinse cycle. Leave all armor in ensure all zippers and snappes closed. Air dry hanging on hanger, spray with 303 fabric protectant. Good to go, it has also been recommended while on a ride your jacket/pants get really ugly climb in the shower with them, a good rinsing then hang in shower to drip dry

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    Registered User amiles's Avatar
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    Murrells Inlet, S. C.
    If you are going to use a washing machine for your riding clothes I would highly recommend a front loader. The front loader that we now have cleans better and causes much less violence to our clothing than any of our agitator machines over the years. Try the local laundromat for a test.

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