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Care instructions

Thank you for purchasing a ZAJO product. Please read this brochure before using the product. Here you will find information on how to take good care of ZAJO products. Our products are made of branded, functional, modern materials that require special maintenance. But you don't have to worry, maintenance is easy, just follow a few basic rules. If they comply, our products will serve you for a long time and fully functionally.

These care procedures are for convenience only, and follow the instructions on the product as a priority for washing, cleaning, and maintenance, as these procedures may vary slightly from product to product.

Basic principles

  • Wash your product before using it for the first time. This will remove any impurities that may have gotten on the product during the production or storage process.
  • Always follow the product care symbols on the product label.
  • When washing in the washing machine, it is necessary to remove anything that could mechanically damage the material. Beware of forgotten things in your pockets or other products washed at the same time. Fasten all zippers, buttons, hooks and velcro that can damage delicate materials.
  • Wash, dry and iron the products upside down.
  • Wash the products separately from other textiles, with types of identical character and shade.
  • Follow the recommended washing temperature, usually 30 ° C, do not rely on your subjective feeling.
  • Most products made of functional materials do not need to be ironed, as synthetic materials have very little wrinkling. Nevertheless, if you decide to iron the product, never exceed the temperature indicated on the product label.
  • For washing functional materials, use only liquid detergents, ideally those specifically designed for them.
  • When washing functional materials, do not add any other additives to the wash, such as bleach, water softener or fabric softener. Bleaching agents and water softeners can cause the product to change color or even destroy it. Softeners form a film on the surface of the fibers, which deprives the fibers of their functional properties, clogs the pores of their membranes, thereby reducing or even completely eliminating the vapor permeability of the membrane, they can also permanently degrade it.
  • After washing, the clothes must be rinsed thoroughly to remove detergent and dirt residues as much as possible.
  • Do not leave the products in the washing machine after washing, but remove them immediately and start drying.
  • Never dry the products in direct sunlight. This can cause not only a change in the color of the product, but also permanent damage to its functional properties.
  • Do not leave a wet or dirty product in your backpack or elsewhere for an unnecessarily long time.
  • Do not leave membrane products exposed to direct sunlight and high temperatures.
  • A membrane product that you do not plan to use for a long time is ideal for cleaning and storing it hung in a dark place, such as a closet. If you have to store the product folded, make sure that it is not exposed to excessive pressure, such as a layer of clothing above it.
  • Never apply deodorants, perfumes and other cosmetics directly to the product.
  • Despite the fact that the products have an anti-pilling treatment, which only reduces the ability of the cut to pimple, some pilling occurs due to mechanical stress in the products. Pilling is a natural feature of the cut and is balanced by functionality and comfort. This statement is guaranteed by the material manufacturer. This visual matter does not affect the functionality of the products and cannot be the subject of a complaint.

ORGANIC COTTON 

The maintenance of organic cotton T-shirts is very simple, they can be washed at standard washing programs even at higher speeds. Do not use fabric softener. Cotton T-shirts can also be dried in the dryer, but at the lowest possible temperatures - especially in the case of organic cotton, drying in the dryer can cause precipitation of up to 10% at higher temperatures.

T-shirt prints require special attention. T-shirts with print wash upside down, at lower temperatures and do not iron the print.

However, when caring for cotton T-shirts, follow the label on the product, where we provide detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from one cotton product to another.

POLYESTER 

Polyester is a very durable, flexible and non-shrinking material, which makes its maintenance very easy. You can also wash polyester products in the washing machine at lower temperatures and use common detergents. Do not use emollients or fabric softener.

Some products can also be tumble dried, but use lower temperatures and more gentle programs. Polyester dries relatively quickly in air and drying in an dryer too intensively could cause fine precipitation. Polyester fibers can also be ironed, but we recommend ironing at lower temperatures, ideally just steaming.

However, when caring for polyester products, follow the label on the product, which provides detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from one product to another.

MERINO WOOL

Merino wool is a sensitive material with specific properties, so it is ideal to wash it in your hands, or with more gentle modes in the washing machine. When washing in a washing machine, we recommend washing them in a linen bag so that they do not come into contact with zippers or buckles, which could damage the material. Do not use fabric softener.

Thanks to the high degree of breathability and antibacterial properties, it is not necessary to wash merino wool products too often - even after sweating, you just need to let the product air out in the fresh air.

However, when caring for merino wool products, follow the label on the product, which provides detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from one merino product to another.

DOWN FILLED PRODUCTS

The maintenance of down jackets is quite demanding, so we recommend using the services of a professional laundry with a dryer. However, down jackets do not need to be washed too often and we recommend cleaning small dirt by hand, with a soft sponge and warm water. 

When washing in the washing machine, use only liquid detergents, ideally specialized down detergents. Do not use fabric softener. Throw three tennis balls into the washing machine drum to help keep the down evenly distributed in the chambers. Wash on a gentle program with a temperature of 30 ° C, or on a specialized program for down, if your washing machine offers it. The down jacket must then be thoroughly dried. Dry in the dryer at the lowest, gentle temperature, repeat the cycle several times to make the down blow properly.

However, when caring for down-filled products, follow the label on the product, which provides detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from product to product.

For paper-filled products, the leakage of feathers through the material and seams is common. The material on these products has pores that provide breathability. Paper can escape through these pores. The escaping paper material does not break, it only moves the yarns and creates a gap between them. Leaking feathers should be pushed back into the chamber and not pulled out. The gap closes itself when the yarns return to their original position. We can also help them with a gentle massage. Pulling the down would widen the gap and it would take a long time to come back. During this time, more feathers could escape through the gap.

PRODUCTS WITH SYNTHETIC PADDING

Maintenance of synthetic-filled jackets is very simple. You can wash them in the washing machine at lower temperatures with standard detergents, as well as tumble dry on a more gentle program. Do not use fabric softener. Proper drying is important, so you can repeat the drying cycle several times.

Store jackets with synthetic padding hung, do not store them in compression bags.

However, when caring for jackets with synthetic padding, follow the label on the product, where we provide detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from product to product.

MEMBRANE MATERIALS

You can wash membrane materials at lower temperatures and gentler programs. If possible, have the clothes rinsed twice after washing. When washing, use only liquid detergents, ideal special detergents for membranes. Do not use fabric softener. Iron at a lower temperature with a towel or a piece of cloth between. 

In addition, we treat jackets made of membrane materials with a water-repellent finish. This treatment does not affect the waterproofness of the jacket, but it helps the water to run down the surface of the jacket. Without this treatment, water soaks into the material but does not get further through the membrane. The jacket loses its water-repellent layer due to use, incorrect washing and other influences, so it is necessary to renew it regularly by impregnation.

However, when caring for membrane products, follow the label on the product, which provides detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from product to product.

FLEECE JACKETS 

Fleece materials are durable and breathable, so there is no need to wash them too often. We therefore recommend washing the jackets only in case of visible stains or a noticeable odor. 

Maintenance of fleece jackets is relatively simple, it is possible to wash them with standard synthetic programs, at lower temperatures, in common liquid detergents. Do not use fabric softener. Before washing, we recommend twisting the jacket and pushing the sleeves inside. As a precaution, check the pockets well, any pieces of paper are very difficult to remove.

Fleece jackets can be dried in the dryer at lower temperatures. However, we do not recommend ironing the fleece material - it could damage its insulating properties. If the jacket needs to be ironed, iron it over a towel or a piece of cloth without pressing it with a steam iron.

However, when caring for fleece jackets, follow the label on the product, which provides detailed instructions on how to maintain, clean and dry, as the instructions may vary slightly from product to product.

SLEEPING MATS

The maintenance and care of the mat is not difficult, but depending on the type of mat, it has certain rules.

Protect air-filled mats from open flames, sparks, coals or other heat sources, as this could cause damage. When laying, choose a place without sharp stones, twigs or other sharp objects that could pierce the mat. The packaging of our mats therefore includes a repair kit, where you will find a manual with detailed instructions.

After using the mat, dry it in a well-ventilated area or outside in the shade. Sunlight could degrade the material. Storing a damp mat could lead to mold, which could permanently damage the material. Therefore, proper aeration is really a necessity.

TREKKING POLES

The maintenance of trekking poles is easy, special attention must be paid especially to proper drying, which will prevent the oxidation of duralumin and thus a possible problem. Therefore, wipe the poles thoroughly dry and do not store it wet.

The package also includes a rubber tip and snow baskets, which we recommend using all year round - the biggest risk for poles are joints and holes in which they could bend or break after being loaded from the side.

BACKPACKS

The backpack is an important part of every hiker's equipment, which, with good care, will last for many years. You should perform simple maintenance of the backpack after each hike, especially its thorough drying. Dry completely in a well-ventilated room or outside in the shade. Storing a wet backpack could lead to mold, which could irreversibly damage the backpack. Therefore, proper aeration is really a necessity.

In case of dirty stains, use mild soap, a cloth and warm water. Under no circumstances wash the backpack in the washing machine or dry it in the dryer. From time to time, check and clean other parts of the backpack, especially zippers, which may be prone to dust and sand.

TENTS

Each tent requires easy maintenance, cleaning and drying when you return home from the adventure. After use, the tent must be cleaned from the inside with all impurities such as dust, sand, branches or leaves. From the outside, it is ideal to remove dirt from the outside with a sponge, mild soap and warm water, you should definitely not wash it in the washing machine. When cleaning, do not forget about sticks and zippers, which can be particularly susceptible to dust and sand.

After cleaning, let the tent dry completely in a well-ventilated room, ideally outside, dry. Storing a damp tent could lead to mold, which could permanently damage the tent. Therefore, proper aeration is really a necessity.