Fishing Wader Care

Whether you use your waders once a year or once a week they need to be cleaned, dried and stored correctly. The main area to focus on is the inside of the wader. Let us look at why?

Even though your waders are breathable and moisture is allowed to escape, some condensation may still appear on the inside. Although much of this will escape some of the moisture will build up which in turn will collect dust, dirt and fabric from clothing, a perfect breeding ground for mould and this is where the problems begin if you do not care for your waders.

Mold only needs three things to grow: a food source (dirt); a source of moisture (condensation); and a place to grow (your waders). Once the microscopic spores take hold and begin to grow they will break down the breathability of the fabric and cause damage to the membrane causing your waders to leak. Keep them clean and you’ll never have this problem!

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Wader Care

Cleaning Your Waders

Turn your waders inside out and start by removing any debris paying particular attention to the foot area. Using warm water and a soft sponge gently rub the entire surface of the fabric. Once complete, rinse thoroughly and dry as described above. Repeat the cleaning process for the outside of the fabric and again fully dry before storing.

* Waders can be machine washed on a very low temperature but we do not recommend this. No detergent should be used in the cleaning process and even if you do not add this to the washing machine it may still have traces left inside which could damage the membrane and void your warrant.

Drying Your Waders

Remove all contents from storage pockets. Items left in pockets can collect moisture and soon begin the mold process. Turn your waders inside out and hang them upright. Hanging them this way creates for better air circulation. Allow the inside of your waders to fully dry but do not dry in direct sunlight.

Once the inside has dried turn them the right way and repeat the drying process. When you are happy that your waders are 100% dry, fold them gently and store in a cool dry environment. Do not throw them crumpled up in a corner as the material on the outside may soon become damaged by lack of air circulation.

Wader Zipper Care

When wearing your zip waders only have the zip fully up or fully down NEVER in between. This will prevent unnecessary stress on the zip, preventing zip failure.

Cleaning the zip of the waders will also ensure it is in good working order. Fully open the zip and using some mild washing liquid and a toothbrush, gently clean up and down the teeth of the zip on both the inside and outside. Then wash it down with clean water.

Wader Zipper Care

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Reproofing Your Waders

For those of us who own Breathable Waders (Not Neoprene or Rubber), these waders come with a Durable Water Repellent Layer added to them out the factory. When you use these waders, over time without proper care, the water repellant layer will slightly weaken, prompting the risk of leaks. However, there is a way to fix this.

You can future proof your waders by using a reproofer which can come in various forms such as Wax's or Sprays. Reproofing your waders during a time whilst they aren't in use (like Winter) is a great way to save yourself some trouble with possible leaks in the future and makes your favourite pair of waders last that while longer.

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Wader Storage

After use it can be so easy to put your waders in the boot of the car and not get round to taking them out for a day or two, the waders are wet, and your car is warm creating the perfect humid environment for bacteria to grow. They must be dried or mould will grow and weaken the materials, sometimes lifting the tape on seams and causing what looks like staining. Regardless of how much you clean this stained area it will appear dirty, this is because the bacteria have actually eaten away at the laminations of the material so it can never look like it was before.

This weakening will affect the integrity of the waders and you will no longer be happy with your waders, just a couple of days can be all it takes for mould to set in. Additionally, improper storage voids warranty by most manufacturers so hang them up to dry as soon as possible by the straps or hang tag if provided, in a ventilated room to air dry, preferably not in direct sunlight for long periods of time and certainly not on the radiator or near a fireplace. Once they are completely dry on the outside, turn them inside out, sweat alone can make the waders damp inside and cause mould to form inside. Dry inside and out and you will have a long life pair of waders. Remember, don’t make the mistake of leaving them wet and dirty in the boot of your car.

Storing Electronics In Wader Pockets

Please take care and the necessary precautions when carrying valuable electronics such as Smartphones, Electronic Car keys and Cameras. As with most manufacturers, the pockets (both internal and external) on waders we supply are not usually waterproof to withstand submersion. The Zippers fitted will normally be quoted as “Water-resistant” i.e. Rainproof, rather than Waterproof.

Wading deep enough that water sits above the black Zipline on an outside pocket will usually mean that water can get in. To add to the problem, once inside the water will likely stay in the pocket along with your valuables.

Using internal pockets will always safeguard from this. It’s still not guaranteed to save you should that day come when your waders fill up with water so to absolutely safe we recommend investing in one of the many waterproof pouches available out there for the things you can’t leave safely on dry land.

“The vast majority of leaking waders can easily be prevented. Fly fishing wade are a technical part of our customers’ equipment so following our care and maintenance guide will help ensure they fit correctly, stay clean and keep you dry longer than if you neglected them”
Paul – Wader Specialist

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