Maintaining and repairing outdoor clothing is essential to ensure it remains functional, comfortable, and protective during outdoor activities, especially in harsh weather conditions. Here's a checklist to help you identify and address common repair and maintenance tasks for outdoor clothing:



  • Check for Tears and Holes: Inspect the clothing for any tears, punctures, or holes in the fabric. Look closely at high-wear areas like knees, elbows, and cuffs.

  • Seam Inspection: Examine seams for loose threads or fraying. Pay special attention to areas where multiple seams meet, as they can be prone to damage.

  • Zipper Functionality: Test zippers to ensure they open and close smoothly. Check for broken or missing zipper teeth.

  • Velcro and Snaps: Check the condition of Velcro closures and snaps. Make sure they still hold securely.

  • Elastic Bands: Inspect any elastic bands for signs of wear or stretching. Replace if needed.

  • Fabric Damage: Look for signs of fabric damage, such as abrasions, pilling, or worn-out areas. Address these issues as necessary.


  • Follow Care Instructions: Refer to the care label on the clothing for specific cleaning instructions. Follow these guidelines to clean your gear properly.

  • Spot Cleaning: Use a gentle detergent and a soft brush or cloth to remove stains or dirt spots. Avoid harsh chemicals or bleach, as they can damage fabrics and coatings.

  • Machine Washing: If the care label allows machine washing, use a front-loading machine on a gentle cycle. Close all zippers and fasteners and turn the clothing inside out.

  • Detergent Choice: Use a specialised outdoor gear detergent or a mild, non-detergent soap to avoid damaging waterproof coatings or technical fabrics.


  • Tear and Hole Repair: Use fabric patches or repair tape such as Stormsure TUFF Tape Patches or Strips designed for outdoor gear to mend tears and holes.

  • Seam Repair: Restitch loose seams using a strong, durable thread. Make sure your stitches are secure. Or use Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive to glue the seams back together and to make the seams waterproof. You can also use Stormsure Stormseal to seal seams on outdoor clothing and tents.

  • Zipper Replacement: If a zipper is damaged beyond repair, consider replacing it. Seek the assistance of a professional or use a zipper replacement kit.

  • Buckle, Velcro and Snap Replacement: If Velcro or snaps are worn out or no longer functional, replace them with new ones of the same size and type. You can use Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive to glue any replacement back on.

  • Elastic Replacement: If elastic bands have lost their elasticity, replace them with new elastic cord or bands.

  • Patch or Seal Leaks: Repair leaks or damage to waterproof or breathable fabrics using specialised sealants or patch kits. A combination of TUFF Tape and Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive can be used on most fabrics.

Waterproofing and Reconditioning:

  • Reapply DWR: Restore the water repellency of your clothing by applying a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment. Stormsure’s Stormproof is a perfect solution. N.B. Water repellents will not work on silicone treated fabrics and materials.

  • Cleaning and Reconditioning: For technical fabrics, consider using specialised cleaners and re-conditioners to maintain their performance and breathability.


  • Proper Storage: Store your outdoor clothing in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture. Use breathable garment bags or hang items to maintain their shape.

By regularly inspecting, cleaning, and repairing your outdoor clothing, you can extend its lifespan and ensure it continues to provide the protection and comfort you need during your outdoor adventures. Proper maintenance can also save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent replacements.

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