Revitalizing / Maintaining Goretex rain gear?
I have several Zero Restriction Goretex rain suits that I would like to maintain properly. Yesterday I went and purchased Nikwax Tech Wash wash-in cleaner and Nikwax TX Direct Wash-in DWR. I know you wash first and then apply the DWR. My question is how many times can you wash Goretex gear before you have to re-apply the DWR? I went online to search and most of the comments are based on camping use and sometimes even contradict each other. I've had the rain suits about 5 years and in the past would wash them about three times a year with mild liquid detergent (Tide Free and Gentle) and use Nikwax spray-on DWR once a year. I've always stayed dry in them and honestly I tend to wear the jackets more as windbreakers then actually play during a rain. The rain pants and hat are only used during a rain. Thanks for any helpful comments.