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What is the difference between water-repellent and waterproof?

As indicated for each of the products offered, some of the raincoats are made of water-repellent fabrics whilst others are waterproof. Water-repellent fabrics are not easily penetrated by water, the product actually has physical properties that repels water on contact. Waterproof fabrics are impervious to water (i.e. the waterproofness is > 20,000 mm water column).

 

What are fully taped seams?

The stitching of the garment can be a weak point, as the water can seep through. That is why we use for all raincoats (water-repellent and waterproof) taping on the stitched seams.

 

What to know about the fabrics used?

We are continuously developing our product technology and seeking the highest level of eco-friendly fabrics available. The essential features and characteristics of the fabrics, as well as instructions for product use can be found on the information page of each product.

Petra Földi raincoats are made of fabrics composed of an upper material and eventually a lining.

In case of waterproof items, the upper material itself also unites, depending on the given type of fabric, two or three layers. One of the layers in each case is an optimal breathable, 100% waterproof and 100% recyclable membrane, made by fluorocarbon-free treatments, free from PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), composed of perfectly safe polyether/ester. For some of the waterproof fabrics, the upper layer is also made by fluorocarbon-free techniques.

 

Do I need to reproof my raincoats?

Over time, with wear, the raincoats’ great water repellent and breathable features can become diminished, especially in case of water-repellent fabrics. If you start to notice that your raincoat is beginning to absorb water instead of repel it, then it may be time you reproofed it. In order to ensure that your coat won’t be altered by the proofer to be used, you should first test out your proofer on a small area of your raincoat. If you wish to reproof your raincoat, Petra Földi suggests choosing among the various types of widely available PFC-free eco proofers.

 

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