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How to use Nikwax Effectively

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Even the best waterproofing products will only work properly if they are used properly, and that means ensuring that you select the best product for the job at hand. The Nikwax range is extensive and includes specially formulated products for washing your garments to get them clean before  you waterproof them. Don’t forget it is important to check the instructions before you use any product as dosing instructions will vary not only from one product to another but also to allow for the type of water, hard or soft, and even the way in which you are planning to wash an item.

Which Nikwax to use

The first step towards using Nikwax effectively is to select the correct product for the job. The products in the Nikwax range have been split into three main categories. They have water proofing solutions for garments, equipment and footwear. Each of these categories contain a number of different alternative solutions so before you buy anything it is important to select the best one based on what you are looking to re-proof and of course what is it actually made of. For example, they have footwear proofing products that are suitable for fabric and leather footwear and another for suede and nubuck.

Once you have selected the correct product you will probably want to know how often should you use Nikwax? The answer to this question will again vary from one item to another. For example, if you spend a lot of time walking in muddy wet conditions then you may need to reproof your walking footwear on a regular basis in order to prevent your feet getting too wet. A tent on the other hand is unlikely to need re-proofing as much.

How to use Nikwax Tech Wash

What is Nikwax Tech Wash? This is a product that has been specially formulated by Nikwax for washing your waterproof garments before you re-proof them. Whilst standard washing detergents are good for getting your clothes clean, the harsh components of this type of product can compromise the waterproof qualities of your outdoor garments and should not be used.

Where do you put Nikwax in the washing machine?

It can be used in the detergent drawer or directly in the drum using a special dispenser. Check the instructions on the bottle to see how much Nikwax Tech Wash to use as this will depend on whether you have hard or soft water. You should only wash two items at a time using Tech Wash. Once you have washed your items you can re-proof them.

How to apply Nikwax TX Direct Spray?

A spray is a very easy way to reproof your clothes and the Nikwak TX Direct spray is ideal. It can be used once you have washed your garments in Tech Wash and there is no need to wait for them to dry first. Read the instructions on how to apply Nikwax spray before you start. There are a couple of things that you should remember to do first. Close the garment properly and lay it out flat carefully, then hold the spray the appropriate distance from the garment before adding a thin even layer of the spray.  Make sure that you haven’t missed anywhere and after a couple of minutes you can use a cloth to remove any excess spray. It is important to follow all the steps properly to help prolong the life of the garment.

How to Nikwax a Tent

If you are wondering how to Nikwax a tent then the first step is to select the right product for the fabric of your tent, they have products suitable for re-proofing a synthetic fabric tent and also one for canvas. If your tent is dirty, then it is worth cleaning it off properly before you re-proof it as this will help the re-proofing solution to do its job properly. Nikwax have a technical wash, Tent and Gear SolarWash, that can be sprayed onto your tent to do this. Then all you need to do is re-proof it. The best way to clean and re-proof your tent is to erect it, this will keep the fabrics taut and allow you to apply a more even coating of re-proofing solution. It will also make it easier to see if you have missed any of those awkward little nooks and crannies. Ensure that you pick a dry day to waterproof your tent, and make sure it is dry before you put it away.

Author: Amy

Hi, I am Amy I have two loves in my life camping and writing. When I am not writing for The Expert Camper, I am usually camping. Lake District is one of my favourite spots, but really anywhere in the UK under canvas I am happy.


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