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Keep your animals dry and comfortable with Nikwax aftercare

Nikwax® aftercare is formulated to safely clean and waterproof ALL animal rugs and coats, to help keep your animals warm, dry and comfortable throughout autumn and winter.

CLEAN with Nikwax Rug Wash
Effectively cleans away ALL dirt and contaminants on the fabric, revitalising its water repellency, insulation and breathability.

If water starts to be absorbed then moisture vapour is unable to escape through the fabric, resulting in the animal becoming clammy and losing warmth.  

Cleaning with Rug Wash revives the durable water repellent (DWR) coating on the fabric, which keeps the animal protected in the rain and prevents moisture building up on the inside of the fabric. It is a vegetable-based soap cleaner, so is completely safe and free from any harmful chemicals.

How to use:

  • 1 x rug per washing machine load.
  • Washing machine must be large enough to allow movement of the rug in the drum.
  • Use 150ml of Rug Wash per item and wash according to the care label.
  • The rug must go through a thorough rinse cycle.
  • Rug Wash can also be used by hand. Dilute 1 part Rug wash to 2 parts water and use a brush to work the solution into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly afterwards with cold water.
  • Air-dry rugs after cleaning, or use a tumble dryer on a low setting if the care labels allows.

WATERPROOF with Nikwax Rug Proof
At least once a year, animal rugs and coats should be re-proofed with Rug Proof.

Over time the DWR coating will wear away and when Rug Wash will no longer revive the water repellency, then you know it is time to re-proof.

Rug Proof will add a new DWR coating that develops upon drying. It maintains the breathability of the item and will ultimately protect your horse in the rain. As with Rug Wash, Rug Proof is completely safe to use as it is water-based and contains no PFCs.

How to use:

  • Clean first with Rug Wash.
  • 1 x rug per washing machine load.
  • Use 500ml of Rug Proof and wash on a 30° cotton cycle.
  • Rug Proof can also be used by hand: use 500ml with 10 litres of hand-hot water. Agitate to mix and then add a further 15 litres of warm water – agitate and leave to soak for 2 hours. Rinse thoroughly afterwards in cold water.
  • Rugs can be air dried, or use in a tumble dryer on a low setting if the care label allows.

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Nikwax at the BETA 2018 Show

In January 2018 Nikwax exhibited at BETA (British Equine Trade association) to both support our distributers and to talk directly to our existing customers.  This show is held at Birmingham’s NEC over 3 days with exhibitors from all over the world showcasing their new ranges ready for 2018/19.

Nikwax had a great stand showcasing our leather aftercare range, Rug Wash and Rug Proof.  The show gave us a great opportunity to profile our equine products to the trade and consumers alike. We received lots of fantastic feedback from the equine brands and many commented how they have tried varied rug cleaning products but Nikwax Rug Wash and Rug Proof are their favourites on the market.


We also had a great night at the BETA award dinner, giving us a chance to catch up with customers, existing and new alike. This was held at the 8-acre National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, close to the NEC.  It was great to see the up and coming talent in the equine industry being recognised and rewarded on the night. Brands were profiling incredible innovations for the next season. There was a strong sense of community within the industry, and it was fantastic to be a part of it. We look forward to BETA 2019!

By Paul Humphreys, Nikwax UK Sales.