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Can you put a dry top into a washing machine or dryer?

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I don't think so. Clean with a soft brush ,soap and water ,hang it up to dry off. I had to spray my Aquaskinz top with waterproof spray as well.

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I also hand wash with soap and water. Waterproof jackets with taped seams and washer/dryers dont mix. Just my experience tho. I never do anything to my jackets except spray them down with fresh water unless they get real slimed up

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4 hours ago, AlwaysWading said:

I don't think so. Clean with a soft brush ,soap and water ,hang it up to dry off. I had to spray my Aquaskinz top with waterproof spray as well.

Now that is a great idea for keeping it clean...

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I hand wash mine with a soft brush and "Sportwash" and then hang dry.  It cleans and preserves the waterproof and breathable qualities of the jackets and waders.

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My wife washes my guy cotten top after every trip I have no issues. Hard to dry though, I usually hang it up for a day or 2 after wash 

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1 hour ago, Haycreekrambler said:

I also hand wash with soap and water. Waterproof jackets with taped seams and washer/dryers dont mix. Just my experience tho. I never do anything to my jackets except spray them down with fresh water unless they get real slimed up

I had a nice Kokatat dry top and the washing machine did a number on the rubber neck gasket area.  Now I just use soap and water like you mentioned.  I probably smell a little compared to the washing machine, but I'm not risking another top hehe.

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I also have  Simms wading jacket that, I still really like. Become un-waterproof across the shoulders. I guess it was from constant movement of my shoulders and my plug bag strap. I spray it down with waterproofing spray twice year. I've since bought a couple stormr jackets, I hope they hold up.

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i think it comes down to the washer.

 

Washers with agitators can damage taped seams

Agitatorless ones might as well be a hand wash

 

The newest ones with the jets I can't see doing any damage.

 

Never use tide pods...as they are only good at leaving residual

 

and don't roast it in the dryer

On top of that.  Fabrics have changed.  

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