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      function Water repellent

      The fabric surface is treated to repel water. Instead of being absorbed by the fibres, the moisture is forced to form small pearls of water on top of the fabric. All ARKET water-repellent products are treated with finishes free of perfluorinated compounds, PFCs.

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      function Water repellent

      Water-repellency is always added to fabrics that need to be water-proof or water-resistant. It is achieved by treating the textile with a finish that forces moisture to form small pearls of water on top of the fabric surface instead of being absorbed by the fibres. The purpose is to protect the material from getting wet-through and thereby prevent loss of body heat, as well as to allow for breathability.

      All ARKET water-repellent products are treated with finishes free of perfluorinated compounds, PFCs, a group of chemicals that have shown to be harmful for the environment and for aquatic organisms.

      Note: Detergents and water-repelling agents are each other’s opposites. While the purpose of the water-repellent finish is to push water away from the fabric, detergents reduce the water’s surface tension to allow the fabric to absorb as much water as possible. It is thus important to get rid of all detergent residues from the garment to retain the full potential of the finish – wash at full rinse cycle, use only a small amount of mild detergent (or a specialty detergent) and avoid softeners. After wash, the water-repellent finish can be re-activated through heat, by tumble drying or ironing. Please follow the specific care instruction for each garment.