Nikwax Fabric Care
Nikwax Waterproofing began its history as a simple leather-waterproofing product cooked up in a small London flat by then 22 year-old Nick Brown. Over the past 35 years, Nikwax has evolved considerably and is now recognized as a leader in performance and technical outerwear and gear maintenance.Read more about Nikwax +
The brand realized early on that it needed to take steps towards becoming more “green”, and in the early 80’s began removing many of the harmful and flammable chemicals from its products, and effectively created the extensive line of water-based products that they currently carry.
Today, the company has grown from making waxes for boots, to producing cleaners and washes for everything from waterproof jackets and pants, down insulated gear, tents, and even wool and synthetic baselayers. These environmentally friendly cleaning agents work to safely remove dirt and grime, as well as enhance the water-repellency and overall performance of the garment.
Easy and simple to use, most Nikwax washes can be used just as you would a typical laundry detergent, and are compatible with top and front-loading washing machines.
Advances in apparel and gear technology have made it possible for most modern technical pieces to be machined washed, similarly to everyday clothes. However, standard laundry soaps contain harsh chemicals that can break down water-resistant coatings.
These detergents also leave behind chemical residues, which can hinder the breathability of a garment, and cause it to collect dirt more easily. Trust Nikwax to safely clean and revitalize your baselayers, down, and waterproof clothing, while increasing their performance and extending the useful life of the product.