How to waterproof a jacket 3 tips on how to make fabric waterproof

In the UK we cannot escape the rain. Venturing out whilst properly prepared with a waterproof coat or umbrella avoids wet clothing. What can you do to arrive dry at your destination and how to waterproof clothing? In this article we share 3 convenient tips.

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The weather in Uk is changeable. One minute the sun is out and the next it rains. Weather conditions have an impact on the water-repellent coating of your clothing. It is affected by rain, dirt, and other external influences. It is important to make fabric waterproof. You can do that by impregnating it again.

how to waterproof a jacketIt is easy to waterproof clothing with our HG waterproof textiles. Rain is forecast, but you'd like to go out anyway? Various tips are shared on the internet for keeping your clothing dry. HG randomly selected a number of tips. 

1. Good closures!

It is important to have a good flap or zip in your coat. It means that rain cannot be blown in or through. A zipper or Velcro is better than buttons, because they provide a better closure for the coat. Pockets are exposed to rain too. Make sure they are closed properly. 

2. Fit of the clothing 

When you go out in the rain it is important that the openings of the clothing fit your body in the best possible way. The collar of your coat should close properly around your neck and the cuffs around your wrists. It means that body warmth cannot escape and prevents rain from dripping in.

3. Extra protection

To be certain that you get dry out of the rain, a little bit of extra protection is not a luxury. Are you expecting rain? Take an umbrella or a poncho.

How to make fabric waterproof: 3 tips

Do you want to find out how to waterproof cotton fabric? You can waterproof a jacket with an impregnator. Various tips are shared on the internet. HG collected 3 tips for making clothing waterproof. It is easy to waterproof clothing with our HG waterproof textiles.

1. Treat parts that are sensitive to wear particularly well 

Garments all have parts that are more sensitive to wear. The ends of the sleeves, the shoulders, and elbows are all parts that require extra attention. Treat these parts extra well for longer protection.   

2. Make sure that all parts of the clothing are treated

If you want to waterproof clothing, it is important to treat the entire garment. So including the underside of the collar, small pockets or seams. 

3. Check the fabric

Not all fabrics are equally water-absorbent or water-repellent. Waterproofing a winter coat is easier than waterproofing a summer coat. An absorbing fabric absorbs the impregnator better.

HG provides the solution for waterproofing clothing

How to make fabric waterproofHow to waterproof a jacket HG waterproof textiles is the solution for effectively impregnating your coat. It waterproofs the garment, but the product also protects it effectively and conveniently against most stains. 

How do you use HG waterproof textiles: 

  1. The garment that requires treatment must be clean and dry.
  2. Fill a bucket, bowl or sink with approximately 6 litres of lukewarm water.
  3. Add 100 ml of the product for every kilo of laundry.
  4. Submerge the garment in the solution and turn it regularly for 15 minutes.
  5. Then rinse with cold water.
  6. This effect of this product is enhanced by heat and therefore it is preferable to iron the fabric before it is fully dry or dry it in a tumble-drier.
    • These instructions are for waterproofing by hand. For the washing-machine method look on the label. However, do check the care label of the fabric to ensure it can be ironed or tumble-dried. Otherwise, leave it to dry on the washing line.

Protect fabrics permanently

Postpone washing your garments as long as possible to ensure that water-repellent coating stays intact as long as possible. Did the garment become dirty? Wipe off the dirt with a damp cloth. The fabric must be treated regularly with water-repellent spray to have a permanent effect. 

Frequently Asked Questions about how to waterproof cotton (jacket)

How do I keep my clothing dry?

Make sure your clothing closes properly. It is also is important that the openings of the clothing fit your body in the best possible way. Take an umbrella or a poncho as a precaution.

How to make fabric waterproof?

You can waterproof a jacket with an impregnator. Tips:

  • Treat parts that are sensitive to wear particularly well. 
  • Make sure that all parts of the clothing are treated.
  • Remember, not all garments are equally water-absorbent or water-repellent.

Which HG product do I use to waterproof my clothing?

HG waterproof textiles is the solution for effectively impregnating your coat. It waterproofs the garment, but the product also protects it effectively and conveniently against most stains. 




HG waterproof for cotton, linen, wool and mixed fabric types

HG waterproof for cotton, linen, wool and mixed fabric types

£4.90

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