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How To: make fleece water resistant with Nikwax

Fleece keeps us warm during autumn and winter, whether we wear it as a top, jacket, gloves, scarf or hat. The fibres trap body heat, keeping you feeling cosy and warm when the temperatures are low outside.

However, water and fleece are not great companions… If you are caught in the rain wearing untreated fleece, the fabric will rapidly absorb water, gain weight and lose vital insulation. In extreme weather this can be dangerous – causing body temperature to drop and even leading to hypothermia.

Protecting your fleece gear with Nikwax is the best way to make clothing and accessories more versatile as the seasons’ change.

PolarProof is a wash-in waterproofer that treats all of the fleece fibres with a flexible water repellency to prevent water absorption. It is so effective that it allows moisture to escape from the body whilst trapping the heat that keeps us warm. Breathability and insulation are maintained when fleece is treated with PolarProof.


Plus, PolarProof will help prevent the build-up of pilling on fleece – which can make fleece gear look worn and tired – thereby your fleece will have a prolonged useable lifetime and look newer for longer.

How to use PolarProof

  • Clean the item first with Tech Wash – washed according to the care label.
  • No need to dry the item after washing.
  • Remove any detergent build-up from the washing machine dispenser.
  • Use 50ml for 1 fleece item, 100ml for 2-3 items and pour the treatment into the washing machine dispenser.
  • Wash again according to the care label.
  • Preferably air-dry the garment for energy saving, but you can tumble dry on a low setting if the care label allows.
  • Cleaning fleece regularly with Tech Wash after proofing will maintain its water repellency. Do not use normal household detergents once a fleece item has been proofed – they leave water-attracting residues on the fabric.

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How To: get ski gear prepared for ski season with Nikwax

Everyone remembers to ensure their clothing is waterproofed and able to keep them dry, warm and comfortable when out on the slopes during ski season, but they may not be aware that Nikwax also produces two key aftercare products to care for their ski gear!

Clear vision with Nikwax Visor Proof
Whether you wear a pair of ski goggles or a helmet with a visor, it is important that your vision is as clear as possible and not obstructed with snow or droplets of rain that you have to keep wiping off with your hands. You just want to focus on your activity and be able to see any potential hazard on the slopes in front of you.

Visor Proof is the high performance rain repellent that ensures clear vision for all visors and goggles. A water-based product, Visor Proof can be used safely indoors, unlike solvent-based sprays. Easy to apply by hand, it will add effective water repellency to visors or goggles.

Visor Proof sheds water quickly, enhancing vision through the visor or goggles and helping the user see more clearly, especially in snowy or wet conditions.

Your customers need to know just how quick and easy Visor Proof is to use!

  • First, remove all surface dirt from the visor/goggles with mild soap and rinse thoroughly.
  • Shake the bottle well before use.
  • From a distance of 6 inches, apply two sprays of Visor Proof to the outside face of the visor/goggles.
  • Wipe with a clean, fluff-free cloth in smooth strokes to the outer edges of the visor/goggles.
  • Rub vigorously from side to side for even spread.
  • Your visor/goggles are ready for use!

And, did you know, Visor Proof is not just for ski goggles – it can be used on the visors of motorcycle helmets and protective sports glasses too!

Enhanced performance for skis with Nikwax Ski Skin Proof
Ski Skins are standard kit when it comes to ascending slopes and travelling over the snow smoothly and easily. The last thing someone wants is to find wet snow accumulating on their skins and making travel difficult.

Ski Skin Proof is the highly effective waterproofer that will prevent ice build-up and saturation on ski skins. By using Ski Skin Proof, the performance of the skis will be enhanced as it will reduce kick and improves glide. Ski Skin Proof will prolong the useable lifetime and performance of ski skins!

As with Visor Proof, Ski Skin Proof is quick and easy to use for instant protection.

  • Thoroughly shake the bottle before use.
  • Press the sponge applicator to break the seal.
  • Apply to either wet or dry ski skins whilst they are attached to the skis.
  • Start at the front of the ski skin and work the liquid into the fibres.
  • Ensure that the whole of the ski skin has been covered.
  • Leave the ski skin to dry naturally.
  • Note: if the ski skins are being treated before being glued to the ski, then ensure that the adhesive side is not exposed to the product.

Both products are free from PFCs and harmful chemicals, making them safe for the user and the environment. Treating gear from new, and when used, will help maintain its condition and performance.

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Nikwax Tech Wash: The Best in Test for Cleaning Waterproofs

Nikwax proven to provide unbeatable cleaning performance to keep you drier
on your next adventure.

Nikwax Tech Wash® has been independently proven to be the best performing product for cleaning waterproof gear in a washing machine. It is the only product demonstrated to provide exceptional cleaning performance whilst maintaining 100% of the Durable Water Repellency (DWR), meaning your gear performs at its best for longer, keeping you warmer and drier.

Unbeatable across the board
Samples of Nikwax Tech Wash were sent to Intertek, an internationally respected, independent laboratory, to be evaluated against 6 leading outdoor brands’ cleaning products and traditional soap flakes. The aim of the test was to establish the effect of the products on DWR across a variety of common outdoor polyester, nylon and membrane fabrics, whilst identifying the product with the best cleaning ability across a variety of soil types.

Intertek compared the cleaning ability of all the products across stains as diverse as mud, blood, oil and wine. Across all tested soil stains, Tech Wash cleaned significantly better than the competition. Not only did Tech Wash provide the best clean for your outdoor gear, but it is also the only cleaner proven to maintain 100% of its DWR after washing. It will extend the life of your gear, keeping your favourite kit performing at its best for longer, and ensuring you stay warm and dry whilst out enjoying the wild weather.

Stay Clean, Stay Dry
Why is a thorough clean so important for your outdoor wear? Breathable waterproof items always come pre-treated with a DWR coating that prevents the absorption of water into the material. DWR is compromised by dirt, or by cleaning with conventional laundry detergents or lesser specialist products. Dirt attracts water and household detergents leave water attracting (hydrophilic) residues, leading to fabric ‘wetting out’ in wet or damp conditions. So a dirty waterproof jacket, or one that has been cleaned using conventional laundry products, can’t function correctly, leaving you cold and wet.

It’s not only the rain that may leave us uncomfortably damp. When we work hard, we sweat. The evaporation of sweat cools us down and keeps us comfortable. But, when it rains we want to avoid getting wet, so we put on waterproof outerwear to keep us dry. The waterproof fabric must allow moisture vapour to pass through it, or ‘breathe’, otherwise our sweat cannot evaporate, causing us to overheat and get wet from condensation. If the outer fabric absorbs water, a garment can also lose up to 70% of its breathability, leaving the wearer clammy and miserable.

Nikwax Tech Wash is proven to be the most effective cleaner in the test, maintaining DWR, ensuring that your kit remains water repellent and breathable, keeping you warm and dry.

Tim Pickering, Head of Development at Nikwax said, “We’re really pleased to demonstrate overwhelmingly that Tech Wash is the best technical cleaner on the market for waterproof clothing. Other products do not clean as effectively, and cannot maintain as much water repellency, meaning you, the wearer, will get cold and wet. Extend the life of your gear by only using the best”.

Waterproof clothing and equipment cannot function when dirty, so whether it’s mud from your latest mountain hike, or food and wine from a leisurely picnic, use Tech Wash to deliver the best clean, revitalise DWR and breathability, and stay warm and dry in wet weather.