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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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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.