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07-31-2006, 09:45 AM
On a recent fishing trip to Colorado I happened to look down and notice that I had spilled fly floatant all down the back of my waders. The stain doesn't seem to want to come off. I've used dry detergent and hand cleaned them. Any ideas? The waders are simms classic guides.

thanks all!

07-31-2006, 10:29 AM
I doubt you will be able to get the floatant off of the waders without harming the waders. Look on the bright side though, if you fall in you should float better.

07-31-2006, 02:00 PM
I agree with Griff, it's probably there for good. My first pair of lightweights will always be my favorite pair because I had stuff all over them. Even when they were dry they looked like I just stepped out of the water. Unfortunately, I would have better results wearing a mesh bag to keep me dry so I don't wear them anymore. Just consider the spot the floatant left as a character mark.

07-31-2006, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the replies... It could have always been worse. As for helping me float a bit higher, I seem to always go in at least once on Abrams, so I could use all the help I can get.

07-31-2006, 03:42 PM
TroutDude, have you tried Simple Green? You have to be careful cleaning waders since you do not want to remove the waterproofing. Simple Green is a great non-caustic, environmentally safe cleaner.

08-02-2006, 01:12 PM
All I know to clean waders is powder detergent and water. My old Simms waders have everything from coffee to sunscreen to flotant. Like Sage said it's a character mark. Shows that youve been somewhere and your waders went with ya!


Paula Begley
08-03-2006, 09:57 AM

Most wader manufacturers recommend using a *nondetergent* cleaner. This would be like Dreft (the stuff you use to wash baby clothes). Detergent will clog the breathable membrane of the fabric, making it less breathable...

Hang to dry.

Hope this helps.