Clean tex­tile kit

Keep it fresh… and water­proof

Motorcycle News (UK) - - GARAGE -

Get pre­pared

Don’t just chuck it all in the ma­chine. Re­move all the ar­mour from your kit, mak­ing a note of which pro­tec­tors go where. Also un­zip any in­ter­nal lin­ings, and check the pock­ets for stray earplugs etc.

Give it a scrub

Loosen any heavy dirt de­posits or squashed flies by gen­tly rub­bing the ex­te­rior fab­ric with a damp mi­crofi­bre cloth soaked in a lit­tle de­ter­gent. This will guar­an­tee a bet­ter end re­sult.

Go non-bio

You can buy spe­cific de­ter­gents for tex­tile kit, like this one from Sdoc (£10.45), but you can also use gen­tle, non-bio pow­der. Hand wash­ing is safest, but you can ma­chine wash on a gen­tle pro­gramme.

Dry it and proof it

Al­low to air dry nat­u­rally, re­fit ar­mour and lin­ings, then rein­vig­o­rate your kit’s ex­ter­nal wa­ter re­sis­tant prop­er­ties by spray­ing on a prod­uct such as Sdoc100 Re­proof­ing Spray (£11.99).

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