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Laundry Detergent does WHAT to my technical gear?

August 21, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

So you spend all this money on your technical gear... Then you go camping a few times... take a ride around town on a muddy day.. spill some Good To-Go on yourself (oops!) and your cute little niece spits up.. something.. on you at the annual family camping trip? Crap. 

That really nice (ahem, expensive) weatherproof jacket you bought suddenly isn't looking so good, so you decide to toss it in the wash and it will come out looking brand new! Sound familiar? Sure, your jacket or other gear may come out looking like new, but (buzz kill) it no longer has that cool waterproofing technology that cost you the extra bucks in the first place. Yup, that's right. Conventional laundry detergents like Tide and Arm & Hammer can literally remove the water-repellency from your technical gear due to leaving behind hydrophilic (water attracting) residue. Sad. But you can wipe up those tears, because we've got a solution for you! 

Accidents do happen and besides that, who wants to be careful when they're trying to enjoy the great outdoors? No one. That's why we depend on Nikwax Tech Wash & Nikwax Tx.Direct Wash-In to bring our gear back to life after getting down and dirty.

Your waterproof clothing and equipment could be soaking up water because the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) has been compromised  for a few other reasons, as well; dirt, oil from our skin, sunscreen, and other contaminates you may have crossed on your adventures can cause your waterproof jacket to now soak up water like a towel. This is why it's important to not only keep your gear clean, but protected as well. 

Nikwax is the #1 easy to use, safe, high performence cleaner for wet weather clothing and equipment.

Nikwax Duo Pack

Here's how it works: 

Nikwax Tech Wash: 
Use undiluted Tech Wash® and a sponge, or soft nylon brush, to treat stubborn stains before washing. Remove all non-washable parts. Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Do not use detergents.

Top Loading Machine Wash:
1. Place maximum 6 garments in washing machine.
2. After the machine has filled, 5floz/150ml for 1-3 garments, 8floz/250ml for 4-6 garments. Add an additional 50ml for hard water* areas.
3. Set cycle to Heavy and Warm. 1-3 items: low water level, 4-6 items: medium water level.

Front Loading Machine Wash:
1. Remove all detergent from detergent dispenser.
2. Place maximum of 2 garments in washing machine.
3. Add 3floz/100ml of Tech Wash®. Add an additional 50ml for hard water* areas.
4. Set cycle to Synthetics and Warm (30oC).

Nikwax Tech Wash

Nikwax TX Direct Wash: 
For best results remove all non-washable parts and always clean item(s) first with Nikwax Tech Wash® in a separate wash cycle. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing.

Top Loading Machine Wash:
1. Place maximum of 3 clean garments in washing machine.
2. After the machine has filled add 10floz/300ml of TX.Direct®.
3. Set cycle to Heavy and Warm, Low water level.

Front Loading Machine Wash:
1. Remove all detergent build-up from the detergent dispenser.
2. Place maximum of 2 clean garments in washing machine.
3. Use 3floz/100ml per garment.
4. Run 30oC Synthetic cycle and slow spin. 

Curious to see if it actually works? TBH I was too, so I put it to the test. Here's a picture taken before using the Nikwax Duo.... 

Before Nikwax Duo Pack Aventuron

And here's the after...

Nikwax Dup Pack Aventuron After

Pretty impressive if I do say so myself. Have I convinced you to start taking better care of your gear with these easy to use products yet? Get the Nikwax Duo-Pack for only $20.75 here and adventure on freely, my friend. 


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