How to Wash a Columbia Rain Jacket

by Laura Dixon

A Columbia rain jacket is one of the most durable waterproof clothing items you can own, lasting through season after season of rain. Some rain jacket owners forget that these long-wearing jackets still need to be washed, and that doing so can actually help the rain jacket endure even longer. Since these jackets aren’t your everyday T-shirt and jeans, the question of just how to wash them arises.

Step 1

Read the tag with care instructions on the inside of the jacket, as different Columbia rain jackets can be made from slightly different materials, and specific instructions may vary.

Step 2

Place detergent in a washing machine and put the jacket in afterwards, along with other clothes if needed.

Step 3

Close the machine’s lid and set the temperature to cold, then switch the washing machine on.

Step 4

Remove the jacket from the washing machine after the cycle has finished, and either hang dry or tumble dry on a low setting.

Step 5

Repeat the above steps at least a few times per year to keep your rain jacket in top condition.


  • Do not wash your rain jacket in a large load of laundry if it is in need of a deep cleaning.