SFR: cat piss on goretex waders

#1
So, one night I accidentally left my garage door open. I had my waders laying across the back of my boat drying. Some f'ing neighborhood cat came in and marked his territory on my Simms G3 waders, right on the belly of em. When I discovered it in the morning I immediately (cussing) got em into the sink, rinsed, and let em soak all day in the sink with mild dish soap in the water... fishing last weekend I could frickin' smell 'em while I was on the river. So, I just washed them in cold water in the front-load washer, per Simms care instructions, with bleach-free detergent. Can still smell it. I have them in the washer again, round two, this time with a healthy amount of baking soda mixed in with the detergent... I have a bad feeling they are still gonna smell.

Anyone ever have a stupid cat piss on their goretex waders? If so, ya ever get the smell out, and how?

I've had these waders for, idk, about 7 years and I love them... a few little aquaseal blobs to patch minor leaks, but they have overall been the best, most leak free waders I've ever owned. They fit perfect, and the articulated knees are awesome. And, man, I don't want to have to drop another $500+ for quality waders, and can't bring myself to go back to a lesser brand. Dan Bailey's bummed me out after I blew out three pairs way quicker than should have happened - got tired of returning them.
 

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#6
I would say stop washing and soaking and call Simms before you do anything else. The odor in cat urine is protein based. They may have a good fix for it. Vinegar may work well, but it is also an acid and may damage gore tex.
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#7
I had a cat piss issue after an evicted tennant in an apt. I ripped out the carpet, pad and baseboard. I used 6 coats of KILLZ on the floor and walls and i could still smell it when i got down in the corner and huffed away. The new pad, carpet, and fresh paint did help get the new renter in. ;) I feel for ya.
 
#9
I would say stop washing and soaking and call Simms before you do anything else. The odor in cat urine is protein based. They may have a good fix for it. Vinegar may work well, but it is also an acid and may damage gore tex.
I'm drying them now, hang-dry ofc - inside first. Yeah I was concerned with vinegar. I did read a bunch of articles prior to posting this... couldn't find any re goretex specifically though. I think the baking soda helped... odor seemed greatly diminished. Will know more when dry.

Next step will be calling Simms if not ok.
 
#12
Try washing them ... in the washer. You Tube has a video from Simms talking about washing them using powder detergent, gentle cycle ... air dry ... inside and out. I was going to try this myself tonight but only have liquid detergent.

Stew
 
#13
Ok... after the second washing I can't smell it any more. Maybe it was the big dose of baking soda. They smell like Gain detergent now.

Boy, the Mosquitos are gonna LOVE me on the Sky tribs this weekend! Opposite of when they were ignoring my stinky ass at Lake Crescent...
 
#14
My washer has a 'heavy duty' cycle that rinses multiple times. It worked for me with a sweatshirt that the same thing happened to and regular detergent. Although I'd use Nikwax Tech Wash for the waders instead of regular detergent. Or just rub a bunch more fish on them and maybe that'll overpower the piss...