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Revive tired waxed cotton jackets with Nikwax

Waxed cotton jackets provide shelter from the wind, insulation in colder conditions and keep the wearer comfortable and dry. Plus, the fabric is incredibly durable and tough against abrasion – they are harder to rip or get holes in. Waxed cotton jackets may lack the freedom of movement you find in hardshell waterproofs, however, they suit those who value comfort and warmth, whether partaking in country pursuits or for general day-to-day wear.

Waxed cotton jackets will wear down over time. Having effectively ‘moulded’ to the wearer, waxed cotton will lose its water repellency through use. You will start to see creases in the fabric – this is where the wax has ‘rubbed off’ – causing jackets to look slightly different in colour to when new.

This is not a reason to throw the garment away and purchase another! Nikwax has the answer to keep the prized waxed jacket in prime condition, ready to be worn time and again when enjoying the outdoors.

Wax Cotton Proof is easy-to-use and completely safe for waxed cotton fabric.

So, what does it do?
Wax Cotton Proof rejuvenates and replenishes the water repellent coating – vital for keeping dry in the jacket in wet weather.

It revives tired, worn out waxed cotton fabric, so garments will last for years to come.

Performance is optimised, with the fabric no longer ‘wetting out’ and making the wearer damp, chilly or uncomfortable.

Wax Cotton Proof helps extend the jacket’s life, so you can enjoy wearing it for longer!

How do you use Wax Cotton Proof?
Firstly, give the garment a clean! If the care label allows, then clean the outside using Tech Wash® with a damp sponge. Otherwise, rinse the item under cold running water and use a cloth to remove all dirt from the surface.

Lay the jacket, fastened, flat on to a protected working surface.

Spray Wax Cotton Proof all over the outer fabric, rubbing with a damp cloth to spread it evenly into the fibres.

Check that no areas have been missed and then hang the garment up to air dry.

Rub away any drips / touch up any areas that may have been missed.

Once dry, the garment is ready to use – whether that is for everyday living, countryside pursuits, or outdoor activities where you want to remain dry, warm and comfortable.

 

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The Nikwax Philosophy – More Than Waterproofing. Part 4 – Consumption Reduction

 Nikwax aftercare was created to ensure people could step outside and enjoy the natural world to its fullest, without being affected by the elements. Our products are high performing but with low environmental impact, helping to keep people warm, safe and dry no matter the activity they are undertaking. However, there is more to Nikwax aftercare than just cleaning, conditioning and waterproofing.

This logo represents the Nikwax approach to helping with Consumption Reduction.

Some people may not realise that by using Nikwax aftercare they are ultimately enhancing the useable lifetime of their garments and gear, which leads to Consumption Reduction.

Waste going to landfill is of major concern for the environmental impact that it has – namely the fact that it contributes to global warming. When organic materials start to decompose they release greenhouse gas – this is one of the major components which causes global warming.

In the UK in 2018, over 300,000 tonnes of textiles worth over £12.5 billion ended up in landfill. Encouraging people to focus on the sustainability of textiles and not think of them as throw-away items is one way to try to reduce the volume of clothing that ends up in landfill, and ultimately reduce the environmental impact this has.

In the UK alone, over 300,000 tonnes of textiles worth over £12.5 billion ended up in landfill

How people look after and care for the clothing that they own is also important when it comes to maintaining its lifespan. This is where, for outdoor clothing and gear, Nikwax aftercare really is key.

Outdoor clothing and gear can be quite expensive to buy, so people want to make the most out of it and for it to last as long as possible. However, if they do not care appropriately for their gear, then in no matter of time they will find fabrics succumb to wear and tear, making them almost useless for the task in hand of keeping them dry, warm, or cool outdoors.

The high performance water-based formula of Nikwax products is safe for both the user and the environment. The innovative technology of the aftercare is such that it will not change the look or feel of the fabrics, but will enhance performance and ensure all items are kept in top condition.

Standard detergents tend to leave a water-attracting residue on fabrics – not ideal if you are washing your waterproofs and then find they start to absorb water when you are wearing them in the rain. Plus, household detergents and conditioners often never fully remove bacteria and body oils from next-to-skin clothing, so if people start to wonder why they smell so quickly when next using their base layers, this could be why. If garments start to ‘fail’, the owner’s response will be to throw them away and buy new ones.

They need to know there is no need for this! The range of Nikwax cleaners are designed to completely revive the functional aspects of garments. They will efficiently remove all built-in dirt and contaminants within the fabric – reducing build-up of odours in base layers and revitalising the water repellent coating on waterproofs!

Combine the cleaning with Nikwax waterproofers and you have the perfect aftercare duo. At some point after regular use, garments will need re-proofing. So when the cleaners no longer revive the water repellency on their own, then Nikwax waterproofers should be used. They are designed to leave a flexible water repellent treatment on all fibres, allowing moisture vapour to pass through the garments and keep them breathable.

Keep your jacket performing, for longer, with Nikwax

Garments made of fleece or cotton normally do not have a durable water repellent coating, so using key products such as Polar Proof for fleece, or Cotton Proof for cotton, will enhance the performance of these items. This is especially important on fabrics that are notorious at absorbing water, which causes fabric weight gain and makes the wearer feel cold.

Through regular use of Nikwax aftercare, a person’s outdoor clothing will keep its technical capabilities, allowing them to use their gear repeatedly over a longer useable lifespan than if they only use standard household cleaning products.

Plus, the enhanced formulation within Nikwax aftercare is such that garments only need to be re-proofed after approximately 4-6 washes, so money is saved, whilst the clothing can keep working for years – meaning a reduction in waste!

 

 

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How to Care for your Boots

One of the best ways of ensuring your hiking boots are as sustainable as possible, is to look after them so well you never have to replace them. Owning just one pair of boots for many years is a sure-fire way to reduce impact on the environment you’re trying to enjoy.

And the best way to do that is to use environmentally friendly Nikwax products. By applying the right treatment at the right time, you can keep your boots waterproof, protective and in tip-top condition.

Our environmental credentials are award winning
Nikwax is the only major aftercare company to have never used aerosols or fluorocarbons. We have never tested our products on animals, they are solvent and VOC-free, and all our products are water-based. We’ve received numerous awards, including becoming one of only 13 UK companies in 2014 to have received the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

Subsequently Nikwax has become the global leader in environmentally safe aftercare and waterproofing solutions that extend the life and performance of technical footwear.

So how do you look after your boots?
Looking after your footwear means following these three simple rules:

Clean…Waterproof…Condition

Clean
Take your boots out on any walk and they’ll get dirty. It’s all part of the fun. But the problem is as soon as the leather or fabric gets dirty, they can start to soak up water. That’s because the dirt masks the effect of any waterproof coating your boots already have. On top of this, when your feet get hot and sweaty, the water vapour inside your boots can’t escape because your shoes aren’t breathable anymore.

Damp feet after a walk is a sure-fire cue you need to clean your boots. But, if you have the time, try to clean them on a regular basis and especially after particularly muddy walks.

However, watch out! Other conventional footwear cleaners and household detergents leave behind a water-attractive residue which masks the water repellency, causing footwear materials to absorb water and ‘wet out’ in damp or wet conditions. Avoid this by using Nikwax’s Footwear Cleaning Gel to thoroughly clean your waterproof footwear safely, and revitalise its water repellency and breathability.

Waterproof
After a while any original water repellent treatment will eventually fade. If you notice that the water repellency of your boots isn’t revitalised simply by cleaning, then it’s time to re-proof your boots.

Nikwax manufactures ‘Fabric & Leather Proof’ and ‘Nubuck & Suede Proof’ – your pick depending upon the material your boots are made from. Alternatively, you can choose to use Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather, for smooth leather surfaces.

Nikwax Proof and Wax is easy and quick to apply and its water repellency develops on air drying. It leaves a flexible water repellent treatment on individual fibres of fabric and leather; thereby allowing moisture vapour to pass through, maintaining breathability and keeping your feet dry.

Condition
When your boots are really past it, then it’s time to bring out the Nikwax Conditioner for Leather. This restores suppleness and softness to dried-out leather whilst waterproofing at the same time.

The comfort of your footwear isn’t just down to dry feet. Your hiking boots need to provide support whilst staying soft and flexible. The more your boots absorb water, the more the shoes’ tanning agents and lubricants are lost, causing the leather to become dry, stiff and prone to splitting. Using Conditioner for Leather prolongs the life of leather footwear, like hiking boots, whilst adding water repellency and maintaining breathability.

And that’s it!
Follow these three simple rules and your hiking and walking boots should bring you years of dry comfort.