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Maintain the performance of your Nikwax Directional Textiles® for longer

Nikwax is the global leader in safe, high performance waterproofing, cleaning and conditioning for outdoor gear, but did you also know that Nikwax manufactures a range of high performance waterproof fabrics? Páramo Clothing has been using our Directional Textiles for nearly 30 years and we’d like to introduce them to you…

OUTERWEAR
Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof fabric combines Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner® – which mimics the action of animal fur by pushing liquid water outwards to protect you from rain, condensation and perspiration whilst protecting your insulation – with a directional microfibre to deflect wind and rain. The fabric is soft, strong and durable, is effective in both high humidity and very cold conditions, and its water repellency can be easily renewed for the lifetime of the garment.

Nikwax Analogy Insulator combines Nikwax Windproof closely woven microfibre outer with Nikwax synthetic, water resistant fill to cut windchill and provide excellent insulation for overlayering with other Nikwax fabrics. It retains body heat very effectively to warm the body quickly and deflects rain whilst providing excellent moisture vapour transfer. It packs down small, giving a high warmth to weight ratio, and the fill gives a down-like feel and performance, with the benefit of still working well when wet.

Nikwax Windproof, Windproof Stretch and Windproof Denim are closely woven, resilient microfibre fabrics that cut wind chill and protect your insulation whilst still allowing movement of water away from the body. Comfortable when worn next to the skin, they are extremely breathable and highly resistant to degradation in ultraviolet (UV) light. They also fold and compress without damage so are ideal for ‘pack and carry’.

Nikwax Fleece is both water repellent and wind resistant, actively pushing liquid water – rain and perspiration – away from the body to keep you dry. It performs in all temperatures and humidity conditions whilst also trapping still air to provide superior insulation when needed.

Nikwax Cotton+ is a lightweight yet tough fabric that blends cotton with modern synthetic fibres to provide rugged comfort. By combining the best of the properties of both fibres, the fabric offers easy wear and easy care qualities ideal for outdoor activities and travel. It is quick drying and UV and wind-resistant.

What cleaning products are best for my Nikwax outerwear garments?
Designed and optimised to treat breathable waterproof fabrics, Tech Wash® is an easy-to-use and highly effective cleaner that also revitalises Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and maintains breathability. Regular cleaning of your gear will keep it performing at its best, however, when  Tech Wash alone does not revitalise the DWR it is time for a thorough re-proof.

TX.Direct® is the No.1 high performance waterproofer that is quick and easy-to-use in your washing machine; treating the seams, tapes and cords of your garment, as well as the fabric. The product develops on air drying, leaving a flexible water repellent treatment on individual fibres that allows moisture vapour to pass through, maintaining breathability.

Nikwax Cotton+ garments should be cleaned first with Tech Wash, as above, followed by Cotton Proof, which delivers the same waterproofing result as TX. Direct.

 

BASE LAYERS
Nikwax Parameta® base layers are made from incredibly versatile and lightweight polyester fabrics that provide either cooling or insulation as needed. They wick very effectively and spread perspiration over a large area, which dries out rapidly.

Parameta G has a raised grid pattern that traps air for insulation when covered with a windproof layer. Worn alone, the fabric allows air to circulate next to the skin for cooling.

Parameta A keeps you cool at higher temperatures and blocks out virtually all damaging UV rays, making it ideal for warm weather activities and travel.

Parameta T provides light insulation, making it excellent for cooler conditions. Its soft feel is very comfortable against the skin, even when worn for prolonged periods.

Parameta T+ is a reversible, asymmetrical fabric that directs water from one face to the other and provides two levels of cooling. It is also very robust and resists the ‘pulls’ that base layers are often prone to.

What cleaning products are best for my Nikwax Parameta base layers?
Once your base layers have been worn a few times and are starting to smell, clean them with BaseWash® to deodorise, freshen, soften, and enhance their drying and cooling performance.

Not only is BaseWash easy-to-use as it cleans and conditions at the same time, but it outperforms conventional household detergents and fabric conditioners, which can impair the wicking qualities of base layers and cause moisture retention. Additionally, over time, a build-up of bacteria and body oils can lead to your base layers smelling, which conventional detergents and fabric conditioners will simply mask rather than remove.

If you have just a few dirty base layers and want to clean them in a regular laundry load without compromising their technical attributes, BaseFresh®, will deliver the same results as BaseWash. Used instead of a fabric conditioner, BaseFresh allows your regular detergent to clean away dirt and stubborn stains, whilst it will deodorise, inhibit the build-up of body odours, improve wicking and accelerate drying.



 

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Staying dry and warm in base layers

During this current pandemic, the time we get to enjoy the outdoors feels more important than ever. However, during the freezing winter months, you may be tempted to stay indoors because of dreading getting cold or wet if you venture outside. Right now, fresh air is vital for us all in terms of health and mental wellbeing, so don’t be put off. All you need is the right clothing and, at this time of year, it’s all about layers.

Wearing a number of layers traps air between them, providing additional insulation to that provided by the garments alone. The other big benefit is increased versatility: layering enables you to add or remove layers according to changing conditions, ensuring maximum comfort at all times.

What layers do I need?

Every good layering system, when stripped back to basics, is made up of three essential components: the base layer, the mid (or insulation) layer, and the outer (shell/waterproof) layer. Each fulfils a specific role in ensuring you stay warm, dry and comfortable in winter conditions.

Why are base layers so important?

Base layers are often overlooked when it comes to layering systems. Walkers, climbers and even mountaineers frequently focus on insulation or waterproofing pieces when, in fact, many of the most important issues they face can be combatted by a good base layer. Whether you’re cycling, running or just out for a stroll in the hills, moisture management and temperature regulation are key to keeping you comfortable and safe.

So what are the key base layers and how can Nikwax Sweatproofing aftercare keep them performing for you this winter?

Next-to-skin base layers
Layering systems start with moisture management. Base layers are there to help wick away sweat from the skin when you get warm whilst active – they become your second skin. You should ensure that whilst close fitting, a base layer provides enough flexibility for comfortable movement.

If sweat accumulates against your skin, you will get damp and swiftly feel a chill when you stop being active, this will affect the regulation of your body temperature. Merino wool or synthetic next-to-skin base layers are designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Sweat will spread over a large area and then dry fast, to prevent you feeling clammy.

Many people are not aware that fabric conditioners and some laundry detergents leave behind a residue which impairs the wicking performance of base layers, leaving you damp and clammy. This can also lead to the build-up of bacteria on the base layer leaving it smelling of sweat even after it’s been washed. Using the right cleaning and conditioning products on your base layers will keep them performing at their best so that you can enjoy your time outdoors and stay warm and dry on the inside.

Synthetic base layers
Synthetic layers are great for high-energy activities, such as running or cycling, as they are fast drying and lightweight. However, synthetic layers are susceptible to the build-up of body odours and your kit could soon start to smell.

You can banish the odour from synthetic layers by using Nikwax BaseFresh® when you wash your kit. When used alongside your household detergent, BaseFresh ensures that you can clean your layers without the detergent impairing the technical properties of the fabric.  BaseFresh effectively removes body oils from synthetic fabric and prevents the build-up of bad-smelling bacteria, maintaining freshness. Fabric will become more resistant to stains and day-to-day soiling. BaseFresh enhances performance, improving wicking to spread sweat and dry fast. You stay comfortable and your base layers will smell fresher for longer.  

If you use a lot of synthetic base layers and sportswear, we’d recommend Nikwax BaseWash® a specially designed detergent with added conditioner which will clean your base layers effectively, leaving them smelling fresh and performing at their best.

Woollen base layers
Garments made from wool, such as Merino, make for naturally warming next-to-skin layers. Woollen base layers are naturally wicking and antibacterial, whilst also providing insulation in winter and cooling properties in warmer months. Air pockets within wool will pull excess heat away from your skin whilst trapping heat within the natural fibre, so you remain comfortable without either overheating or getting too cold.

You can wash wool less frequently than synthetic base layers, but they still need to be cared for properly. Nikwax Wool Wash will both clean and condition your garments at the same time, caring for the fabric to maintain its natural properties. Wool Wash deodorises your base layers, preventing any odour build-up and keeping you smelling fresh. You can restore performance of older base layers with Wool Wash, with the fabric retaining its natural softness and wicking enhanced, so that sweat can spread and dry fast.

Nikwax Wool Wash is also perfect for other woollen garments such as socks and jumpers, giving them the gentle cleaning care that this delicate natural fibre needs.

All Nikwax products are water-based, and made with care for the environment. They are also super easy to use in your washing machine or by hand!

Care for your base layers with Nikwax Sweatproofing and be safe knowing that you can enjoy your daily exercise this winter without feeling cold or uncomfortable.

 

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Keep your base layers performing at their best

While we temporarily can’t explore the great outdoors, make the most of the great indoors with regular workouts! Regular exercise has huge benefits for all ages including weight control, combatting disease and health conditions, and giving you more energy.

Keep your body moving with a regular workout to keep yourself in a positive place mentally and physically! We recommend tuning in to #PEWithJoe on The Body Coach each morning at 9am, and getting the whole family involved! For more of our top tips to get through this period, read our Stay Healthy, Stay Safe blog.

In the words of Dr. Nick Cavill, “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.”

 

Nikwax Sweatproofing is the care product of choice for all next-to-skin clothing, base layers, sports and gym gear!

To avoid feeling conscious of sweating, or worrying that your gear may start to smell through use, Nikwax’s range of Sweatproofing products are what you need to keep active wear in prime condition.

Unlike household detergents and conditioners, the high performance Sweatproofing range will ensure your garments can spread moisture and sweat quickly and easily, therefore drying faster and preventing you from feeling clammy or smelly.

Washing base layers/sports clothing in normal household detergent and conditioner impair the wicking properties of the fabric. This means that sweat does not spread and body oils/odours build up within the fabric – resulting in smelly clothing, which is not something you want whilst working out at home!

Nikwax Sweatproofing means you remain fresh, dry and comfortable when active. Here are our effective Sweatproofing care products:

BaseFresh®: the high performance deodorising conditioner that you can use with your normal detergent. It allows the detergent to clean away all dirt, but prevents it from impairing the functionality of your technical clothing; wicking is improved, sweat and moisture spread and dry much faster, so your body temperature is regulated and you smell and feel great.

BaseWash®: the deodorising cleaner & conditioner for synthetic sports gear. It removes all dirt and body oils whilst refreshing the fabric effectively at the same time. Odour build-up is prevented and breathability is increased – great for user comfort.

Wool Wash: the effective cleaner & conditioner for woollen base layers. Wool Wash is designed specifically for delicate woollen gear, e.g. Merino; it enhances wicking and breathability, keeping the garment soft and banishing odour build-up.

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash: a deodorising cleaner for non-waterproof footwear. Keeps your active footwear smelling fresh on the inside by removing dirt and bacteria from the footbed and insoles, as well as cleaning the outside. Bacterial growth and odour build-up is reduced, which in turn will ensure your footwear has an extended lifetime of use!

 

An additional benefit of Nikwax Sweatproofing? It is really easy and safe to use! The products are all water-based and contain no harmful PFCs or solvents. You can pop your gear in the washing machine or clean items by hand nice and easily. To order yours click HERE.

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How To: advise your customers that BaseFresh® is the product they need for base layer care

Technical underwear and wicking next-to-skin clothing (base layers) are standard kit for people doing higher energy activities – from running to cycling, hiking to climbing. They are effectively a ‘second skin’ to help keep people comfortable whilst regulating body temperature. Perfect in winter to keep the user warm during colder outdoor conditions, but definitely a requirement in summer as well. During the warmer months, base layers help manage sweat efficiently in order to prevent the wearer getting damp, whilst creating a pocket of cool air to maintain comfort by keeping them cool.

Base layers should be cared for with the correct product to ensure the performance is maintained. Your customers need to know all about Nikwax® BaseFresh® – the must-have aftercare product to keep base layers in top condition.

How to let your customers know about the power of BaseFresh:

What is the potential problem with base layers? They can start to smell after use! This is due to the build-up of body oils and bacteria through wear.

What do people do when their garments smell? Wash them – normally using their standard household detergent and fabric conditioner. Also, if not cared for properly then the fabric will start to absorb moisture rather than wick it away, making the wearer feel damp and uncomfortable.

What’s wrong with this? The combination of household detergent and conditioner will impair the wicking properties of the base layer. Firstly, standard detergents will not prevent odours from building up in the fabric; so whilst it smells clean after a wash, the garment will quickly smell again when worn. Secondly, standard fabric conditioners leave water-attracting residues on the fabric: instead of base layers wicking away moisture, the fabric gets damp and will not dry, leaving the wearer clammy and uncomfortable.      

How can people get their base layers clean and working for them? By using BaseFresh within their laundry load.

How can you use BaseFresh with normal laundry? A key function of BaseFresh is that you can use it with standard household detergent. “But you said that detergents can impair base layers?” Yes they can, if used with normal fabric conditioner, but BaseFresh is different. The technical formulation in BaseFresh allows the detergent to clean away dirt and stubborn stains, but prevents it from compromising the garment’s functionality.

What about woollen base layers? Woollen base layers have similar functions as synthetic base layers, however, due to the natural structure of the fabric, a milder detergent is usually recommended that will not contain enzymes. Nikwax Wool Wash is the recommended cleaner and conditioner for merino woollen base layers. It is formulated specifically for the natural fibres of woollen base layers; it cleans & conditions at the same time, enhances wicking and breathability, deodorises and prevents odour build-up, and also will maintain the softness of the garment.

Here is what BaseFresh can do!

  • Deodorises the fabric, thoroughly removing odours, and guarantees continued freshness by preventing odour build-up.
  • Revives the wicking properties of the fabric, which ensures sweat can spread out and dry faster, keeping the base layer breathable and helping to regulate body temperature.
  • Makes base layers more resistant to stains and makes them easier to clean.

How to summarise BaseFresh in a few words: A deodorising conditioner that prevents odour build-up, accelerates drying and improves the cooling efficiency of base layers.

To put that even more simply? BaseFresh keeps you smelling fresh, feeling dry and comfortable when enjoying your chosen activity!

How to use BaseFresh:

  • If you have just a few base layers to clean, then add these to a normal laundry load in the washing machine and add 50ml of BaseFresh*.
  • Wash your items according to the care label.
  • Leave your garments to dry naturally – they do not need heat to activate BaseFresh, which helps save the customer money and energy wastage.

*If you have a large number of base layers to clean, then use Nikwax BaseWash® to both clean and condition – no need for additional detergent.

And, did you know…? BaseFresh won an OutDoor Award in 2017 and was deemed outstanding in Functionality, Sustainability and Price-Performance Ratio criteria.

If you want to see how effective BaseFresh is then check out this video from our lab HERE

And, if you want to learn more about our base layer care, to help impart knowledge to your customers, then watch our aftercare video HERE 

 

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Paul Lewis – Peak Mountaineering – on Base Layers

Paul Lewis is a base layer mega fan. As the owner of Peak Mountaineering – a long established provider of high quality mountain training and outdoor adventures – he’s worn one or two base layers in his time. So we asked him for his top tips on why it’s all about the base.

Why wear a base layer?
We use different base layers throughout the year, but the common reason for this is a base layer’s wicking quality. When you exercise you’re producing moisture, all year round. We use much lighter layers for the summer than the winter, but it’s always about trying to wick that moisture away from the skin to outer layers. As soon as you stop exercising you don’t want to be damp or cold. The other reason, for the winter, is their insulation quality.

How important are base layers in your industry?
Base layers are a standard thing for us. We wear them all the time, all year round. We do a batch of overseas trips – so I have just come back from Myanmar and in January am heading out to Norway to go ice climbing. In the spring I’ll be in Nepal and Russia in the summer. It’s all very different environments with different requirements but the same principles apply. We always depend on base layers, just in different ways.

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So how do your base layers differ between the seasons?
My preference is to use synthetic base layers in the summer and more natural fibres in the winter – we rely on Merino wool a lot in the winter. The main reason for this is comfort. I personally find synthetic fabrics more comfortable in the summer – they tend to be more slippery so they feel nicer next to your skin in the heat. In the winter I go for a tighter fitting cosy wool, like Merino, for the cold.

You must have a lot of base layers!
Yes I do own quite a lot! I do favour certain brands though which we trust. We use a lot of Rab base layers. For summer, I also like the lightweight feel of Patagonia’s Capilene tops. And Mammut’s combination of Merino wool and synthetic fibres works well as they don’t wear out quickly – which is great when you’re always wearing a rucksack. We’ve also recently started buying Jottner’s yak wool base layers.

What’s the worst material you could use for a base layer?
Generally cotton is considered about the worst material for a base layer because it absorbs moisture but doesn’t transfer it, so it just sits there on your skin. In the winter this means you could get cold very quickly and in the summer it would just leave you damp and claggy. This could also lead to problems with chaffing – if you’re carrying a rucksack especially. Any time you have a damp fabric against your skin it’s pretty uncomfortable.

How should you look after your base layers?
We look after our base layers with Nikwax products. We would always recommend washing base layers with a specialist washing product like Nikwax. This summer I was introduced to BaseFresh and that’s what I have decided to use. Base layers can be quite vulnerable so you need to protect the fabric and look after them. But also, using products like Nikwax leaves your base layers clean as well as feeling and smelling fresh.

Why do you rate Nikwax so highly?
I really, 100 per cent, believe in Nikwax’s environmental ethos – that’s a massive thing for us because at Peak Mountaineering we also strongly believe in having responsible environmental values. We also love working with British companies.

But none of that stuff would be relevant if the products didn’t work well. Nikwax does, and the company is backed up by all that stuff. A lot of companies claim to have environmental values but it’s just marketing. I have read behind the lines with Nikwax and they’re clearly not just talking. That’s important to me.

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The importance of layering when active outdoors

Winter can be a fantastic time to be outdoors – especially if we are lucky enough to get snow! You want to ensure you keep warm, but you don’t want to overheat or be too cold, so layering up your clothing is the most beneficial way to stay comfortable. Every layer will play a key role that allows you to maximise your activity, however, all of your layers need to be looked after. Nikwax has the ultimate aftercare solutions to keep your base layers performing over and over when you need them most.

Layering up means you can quickly adapt your clothing in order to regulate your temperature and maintain ultimate comfort and ease of use, depending upon the weather and your activity.

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Next-to-skin base layers
These technical items are essential in order to manage sweat and prevent you from feeling cold or clammy. During winter, merino wool base layers are often a favourite because of their natural insulation, which distributes heat evenly across the body. Also, the natural fibres can assist with the prevention of odour build-up. Synthetic base layers are another firm favourite because of the fabrics ability to wick away moisture from the skin, preventing the user from feeling sweaty. However, synthetic base layers can collect bacteria and body oils, which will lead to them smelling after a short period of time.

These base layers will be affected if washed in standard household detergent and fabric conditioner, which can reduce the wicking capabilities and breathability. By using the appropriate Nikwax product, your base layers will keep working through every season. For merino base layers, Wool Wash will clean and condition, whilst softening the garment for user comfort. Containing no enzymes, Wool Wash revitalises wicking properties, without damaging the natural fibres. For synthetic base layers, BaseWash also both cleans and conditions the garment, whilst deodorising the fabric to remove body oils and prevent odour build-up.

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The middle layer
This is the focus for insulation! During winter, fleece mid-layers are great for providing soft, warming insulation when out in the cold. Fleece tends to come in three different weights in order to suit different activities. For example, lightweight fleeces would be best for warmer climates or aerobic activities such as running. The main principle with fleece garments is that the fabric traps air between the fibres to provide warmth evenly over the body whilst being breathable. However, fleece is not naturally water repellent, so if it gets wet you run the risk of the fabric absorbing the water – making the garment heavy and making you very cold!

Nikwax Polar Proof is the product to use to ensure your fleece mid layers perform to their optimum when outdoors. An easy to use waterproofing product that you can use in your washing machine, Polar Proof will add a water repellent treatment to all of the fleece fibres to prevent water absorption. It also ensures that the breathability of the fabric and its insulation properties are maintained, whilst preventing the build-up of pilling (bobbling) so your mid layers last for longer.

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The outer layer
The item to protect you ultimately from wind, rain and all other inclement weather! There are many options available here for you to choose from – dependent upon what your activity focus tends to be. Windproof or waterproof, or jackets aimed at ski and mountaineering – there are many possibilities. You need to consider what will benefit you most when outdoors. If your outer layer lets the rain or the cold wind in, then you will start to feel damp and uncomfortable inside. You want an outer layer that allows room over your mid and base layers, whilst providing the protection against the weather. Some outer layers have added insulation, such as fleece, but this would not be suitable for higher energy activities such as cycling, instead a lighter soft shell would be more preferable as it focuses upon breathability to prevent you getting clammy from sweat. If you are walking through the hills on a crisp and snowy winter’s day, then a water resistant and windproof outer layer would be ideal in order to combat the elements.

All outer layers need specific care because dirt will build up from use and combined with the abrasion on the fabric from general wear, it will lead to the durable water repellent (DWR) coating wearing off. This is when water will get absorbed into the jacket and up to 70% of the item’s breathability will be lost, meaning you feel wet and cold. Wet weather outer layers can be protected with Nikwax TX.Direct – the no.1 wash-in waterproofer, which will replenish the DWR on the outer fabric, whilst optimising the breathability of the fabric. When caught out in the rain you will find the water will bead up on your jacket and run off, instead of ‘wetting out’ and seeping into the garment.

Ultimately, if you care for your garments with Nikwax you can ensure that your layering system will work this winter, whether enjoying the mountains, cycle routes, rambles, or any other outdoor activity. Nikwax aftercare will make your garments work better for longer and you stay dry, warm and comfortable.

Check out our base layer care video HERE

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Protect your wool base layers with Nikwax Wool Wash

Base layers are essential kit for most outdoor activities, and for those activities undertaken in cold conditions, merino wool base layers are the choice for most.

Merino wool is used for technical base layers as the fabric is excellent at helping to regulate your body temperature during exercise, to provide insulation in the cold or to keep you cool in the heat. It also has the added benefits of reducing the build-up of odours from dirt and sweat, maintaining breathability by absorbing excess moisture, and is soft and comfortable against the skin.

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However, merino wool is a very delicate fabric, which needs to be cared for appropriately. Damage, such as holes in the garments, can occur through wear (catching the item against an object and snagging it) or from wool moths that are drawn to natural fibres, specifically wool. Additionally, washing incorrectly in detergent containing enzymes can damage wool’s delicate structure, reducing the performance of your base layers.

Enzymes found in detergents include protease which removes protein stains (such as egg) and lipase to remove grease stains. These break down and remove such particles on clothing during the wash cycle, returning garments back to a freshly laundered appearance.

So how can these enzymes damage merino wool? Well, wool contains proteins, so the enzymes in normal detergent will attack the wool fibres, as they would food stains. The damage may not appear instantly but after a number of washes you could find small holes appearing within your garments. Many people attribute such damage to the washing machine, rather than realising it’s actually caused by the cleaning product.

Wool base layers are highly wicking (they spread moisture out over a large area), helping to keep your body at an optimum temperature, whilst preventing odours from building up in the fabric. Detergents impair these wicking properties, reducing their performance.

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To ensure you can maintain the high performance of your wool base layers and the longevity of your garment, it must be washed in a specialist product. Nikwax Wool Wash outperforms detergents when cleaning merino wool. There are no enzymes in Wool Wash to destroy the fibres, plus its specifically designed water-based formulation makes it environmentally friendly too.

Easy to use in a washing machine or by hand, Wool Wash cleans and conditions your merino wool base layers, whilst reviving the natural wicking properties of the fabric and preventing the build-up of odours. Your wool base layers will remain soft and you will stay comfortable, whatever your activity and the outside temperature!

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Keep your base layers performing with Nikwax BaseFresh

During the summer months we all love to get outside and enjoy activities such as cycling, running and walking. How many of us find though that our trusty sports kit and base layers that we wear to keep cool and comfortable are noticeably smellier – even shortly after washing!

Base layers, sportswear and gym gear are designed to be worn next to the skin – the fabric is breathable, which allows moisture to spread out over a large area and therefore will dry quickly, whilst your body temperature is maintained and you can partake in your chosen activity with ultimate user comfort.

However, when you wash these items with your regular household detergent and fabric conditioner you are unintentionally impairing their performance. Normal household products leave behind ‘water-hating’ (hydrophobic) residues, meaning sweat is unable to spread out and dry, and the wearer is left feeling damp and uncomfortable. Bacteria then builds up in the fabric, causing odours so your kit gets really smelly, really quickly! Fabric conditioners simply mask the stink – not actually expelling it from the items!

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If you want your sportswear and base layers to perform at their best then use Nikwax BaseFresh.

How does BaseFresh work?

Quite simply, BaseFresh is used in place of your standard fabric conditioner. This means you continue to use your normal household detergent – the specialist formula in BaseFresh prevents the detergent from compromising the functionality of your kit.

Nikwax BaseFresh:

  • Refreshes base layers by removing stinky odours.
  • Maintains freshness by preventing odour build-up when in use.
  • Revitalises the wicking properties of the fabric, allowing moisture to spread and dry quickly, maintaining the breathability of the garment.
  • Makes the garments more stain-resistant.
  • Removes the need for a separate wash as the formula works with normal household detergent and can be used on all your laundry.
  • Is safe to use – is water-based and non-hazardous.

To use, add the regular amount of detergent to the detergent drawer and 50ml of BaseFresh to the fabric conditioner drawer. Wash as per the care label and leave the garment to dry naturally (tumble dry on a low setting, if required and the care label allows).

Try it – you will be impressed with the results!

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