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How to extend the life of your waxed cotton jacket

Waxed Cotton jackets are known for being incredibly durable and having that ‘timeless’ style. Although they are primarily synonymous with country pursuits, the waxed cotton jacket is also now in use across town and country lifestyles because of its versatility.

Whether you already own one or are looking to purchase your first to add to your outdoor kit, it is essential that you know how to maintain it. After all, nothing lasts forever without love and attention!

Firstly, never wash your waxed cotton jacket in the washing machine or dry it in a tumble dryer – both methods can cause irreversible damage to the waxed coating that gives you the protection you need.

Clean and Proof with Nikwax

Our easy-to-use aftercare is the effective way to  keep your waxed cotton jacket waterproof and in great condition, so you stay dry and comfortable time and again. A clean with Tech Wash®, followed by a proof with Wax Cotton Proof will ensure your jacket stays as good as new.

Just see how simple it is….

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Care for your waxed cotton jacket

Waxed cotton jackets are perfect for when the weather cools down, providing insulation, breathability and water repellency to cope with a range of weather conditions. With styles now so varied – from traditional to higher-end fashion designs, you can stay dry and comfortable whether you are taking part in country pursuits or enjoying a gentle stroll down the high street…

However, you should never wash your waxed cotton jacket in the washing machine or dry it in a tumble dryer! Both methods can cause damage to the waxed coating that gives you the protection you need.

Instead, care for waxed cotton the old-fashioned way – by hand. It is very easy with Nikwax, resulting in a high performance water repellent coating that will ensure the longevity of your much-loved garment.

When to re-proof?
Does your jacket look lighter and dry in places? This indicates that its waxed coating has worn away through use and over time.

You can also try the water test – simply hold your jacket under a running tap and if the water is beading up and running off it, it is ok. However, if water is absorbed and the fabric is ‘wetting out’ then re-proofing is required.

How to clean and proof?
Your jacket could be dirty through use, so hand wash it first with Tech Wash® if the care label allows, sponging the fabric clean to remove the dirt that masks its water repellency. Unlike household detergents, Tech Wash is water-based and gentle on fabrics.

  • Once clean, lay the wet jacket flat on a protected surface
  • Liberally spray Wax Cotton Proof all over its outer surface
  • Spread it evenly using a cloth or sponge, rubbing into the fabric, especially over seams and hard-wearing areas

  • Remove any excess from the fabric
  • The product does appear white, but it will dry clear
  • Once the jacket’s front and back is treated, hang it up to dry.
  • Rub in any drips that appear / touch up any areas that may have been missed
  • Leave to air dry.

Once dry, your waxed cotton jacket will be fully water repellent, extending its life, enhancing its performance and maintaining the fabric breathability. You are now set to enjoy autumn, staying dry and warm outdoors.

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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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How to: enhance the useable lifetime of your waxed cotton jacket

It has always been an iconic staple of country life – the waxed cotton jacket. Synonymous throughout the years, rightly or wrongly, with gentry and activities such as fishing or hunting, the waxed jacket has branched out from field to city, with more outdoor manufacturers designing garments that are reaching a wider and more diverse consumer.

Waxed cotton is a waterproof and extremely durable fabric – the cotton having been coated in a paraffin or beeswax-based wax. It suits a range of climatic conditions: providing wind protection, lightweight insulation during spring, and warmth in colder months as you can easily layer under the garment. Plus, it can last a really long time, making it good value for money.

The water repellency on a waxed jacket is one of its key features and if you want to ensure your jacket stands the test of time, then you need to know how to care for it. Nikwax has the answer and it won’t take much time or effort on your part…

Re-proofing a waxed cotton jacket
Waxed jackets should be re-proofed at least once a year, but it does depend upon wear. When you notice cracks or lines appearing on the outer fabric, that is the wax wearing away from the garment: this is when water could start to be absorbed, which will lead to moisture vapour building up on the inside of the garment and you feeling clammy.

Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof:

An easy-to-use spray-on that provides instant durable water repellency.

Wax Cotton Proof prevents waxed cotton garments from absorbing water and ‘wetting out’, while helping to maintain breathability.

It’s easy for you to use!

  • Simply clean the outside of the jacket with Tech Wash® (refer to the care label first!) using a damp cloth or sponge, to remove any dirt or contaminants on the fabric.

  • Fasten the jacket and lay on a clean surface.
  • Use gloves and spray Wax Cotton Proof evenly and generously on to the outer fabric.
  • Spread with a damp sponge or cloth and rub evenly into the fabric.

  • Hang to air dry – rubbing in any drips and touching up areas that may have been missed.

Care for a waxed jacket correctly with Nikwax aftercare and it will perform for many years to come – keeping you dry, protected and comfortable whenever outdoors.

 

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How to: sell the power of Wax Cotton Proof to your customers!

Waxed cotton is waterproof and extremely durable, having been coated in a paraffin or beeswax-based wax. It suits a range of outdoor conditions: providing wind protection, lightweight insulation during spring and warmth in colder months, as you can easily layer under the garment.

The water repellency on a waxed jacket is one of its key features and it is imperative that consumers know how to care for and keep it waterproofed.

Waxed jackets should be re-proofed at least once a year, however it does depend upon wear. When you notice cracks or lines appearing on the outer fabric, the wax has started to wear away and water could be absorbed; this will lead to moisture vapour building up on the inside of the garment and the user feeling clammy.

Advise your customers on the best Nikwax aftercare for their wax jacket and let them know just how easy it is to keep their garment in top condition!

Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof:

An effective spray-on that provides instant durable water repellency.

Wax Cotton Proof will prevent waxed cotton garments from absorbing water and ‘wetting out’, while helping to maintain breathability.

So easy to use – let your customers know how!

  • Clean the outside of the jacket with Tech Wash® (refer to the care label first!) and sponge down to remove any dirt or contaminants on the fabric.

  • Fasten the jacket and lay on a clean surface.
  • Wearing gloves, spray Wax Cotton Proof evenly and generously on to the outer fabric.
  • Spread with a damp sponge or cloth and rub into the fabric.
  • Hang to air dry – rubbing in any drips and touch up areas which may have been missed.

Care for a waxed jacket correctly and it will perform for many years to come.