Raincoats and Water Repellency
• Like everything else in life, rain resistant finishes get old, tired and weak. Normal wear and tear, abrasion, spills from hot beverages and cleaning will affect these water resistant coatings and finishes so that they no longer perform their rain repelling function.
• Don’t dismay. Many professional cleaners can reapply a water resistant finish to your CLEAN raincoat. (Unfortunately, this finish must penetrate the fabric and the garment must be clean in order for it to be absorbed evenly.) Ask about water repelling at the first sign your raincoat is losing its resistant touch.
• Remember, a raincoat that doesn’t repel the rain will let the water get to your clothes, causing serious collateral damage, not to mention that cold, raw, miserable feeling you get when you get caught in a down pour.