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Nikwax Down Cleaning and Waterproofing
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- Waterproofing treatment for down or feather filled clothing, sleeping bags, and comforters/duvets
- Helps revive insulating qualities while adding water repellency to the shell fabric exterior and down interior of your gear
- Easy wash-in application; Machine wash safe
- Safe for use on jackets, gear and bedding with down-fill, down blends, or water resistent down (such as Nikwax Hydrophobic Down)
- Water based, biodegradable, and contains no PFCs, VOCs, optical brighteners, or added scent
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From the manufacturer
- THE ONLY OUTDOOR COMPANY: to manufacture an entire range of water-based waterproofing products and has never used aerosols
- THE FIRST AND ONLY COMPANY to carbon balance its operation for 40 years
Who We Are
Fed up with the leather waterproofing products on the market, a young Nick Brown invented his own. Using a tea kettle and a Primus stove, he mixed his first batch in a dodgy London flat. Nick started selling his “Nick’s Wax”into outdoor retail shops. As the first ever non-softening wax for leather, Nick’s invention soon gained a massive following. Nikwax is now the global leader in safe, high performance cleaning and waterproofing products for outdoor clothing, footwear, and equipment.
- THE FIRST OUTDOOR COMPANY: to produce non-softening waterproofing wax for leather boots.
- THE FIRST OUTDOOR COMPANY: to develop water-based waterproofing for clothing that could be used in a home washer.
- THE FIRST OUTDOOR COMPANY: to have a completely PFC-Free range of products
Style: Down Proof 10 Fl. Oz.
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So for the first time in 9 years I washed my 720 count North Face puffy jacket, and my very expensive North Face sleeping bag. It was a risk indeed and I couldn't be happier with the results. My bag is significantly warmer after washing!
Look at the picture of what color the water was while washing it, I am disgusted with myself, but my shame is for your gain!
1 hour process for extra long sleeping bag and XL jacket
Step 1: clean bathtub BEFORE anything else (coolers work too for smaller items)
Step 2: rinse item thoroughly in standing water, drain water (try to churn the item really well 10+ mins)
Step 3: refill tub with fresh water and correct amount of Nikwax
Step 4: churn and I mean CHURN items in solution until all air "bubbles" are out of the item. If it looks like there is air in the item, the down is not washed yet. 15+ mins
Step 5: let item soak for 20+ mins
Step 6: drain the disgustingness
AT THIS POINT you should have a very compact and heavy wad of *item* move to clean cooler/bucket/large bowl
Step 7: rinse, soak in clean water, lightly squeeze, drain, rinse and repeat
Step 8: rinse, soak in clean water, lightly squeeze, drain, rinse and repeat
Step 9: rinse, soak in clean water, lightly squeeze, drain, rinse and repeat
DO THIS UNTIL THE WATER RUNS WITH ZERO BUBBLES
Step 10: hang on some chairs or rods to let gravity drain a good amount or over night
Step 11: dry on no heat with tennis balls/dryer balls this can and will take HOURS!!! continue until dry and loft has returned.
I emailed the company using the address printed on the bottle. I explained my problem, and have not received a reply. I noticed other users have experienced the same outcome when attempting to contact Nikwax. I contacted Patagonia and they recommended using another product. I washed my jacket again, but the spots remain. This is disappointing to say the least. For this reason, I cannot recommend Nikwax Down Wash Direct. The bottle warns against freezing the contents. I wonder if the material froze during transit from Amazon, and if this caused changes in the down cleaner which may have caused the spotting.
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First time I've risked washing any of my down kit , so I went for the oldest, and most disreputably grubby item as a first test, a Rohan down gilet. 30 degree, gentle wash, slow spin prog. on the washing machine, and out came the bedraggled but spotlessly clean garment. Then it took 3 hours (THREE HOURS !) of cool tumble drying with some nice new tennis balls for feather clump breaking. Still needed a bit of teasing apart of the odd clump by fingers inbetween tumble periods though. So, a good result, clean, stain free and lofted just like new.
An ideal use of half a day of covid19 lockdown time, get ready for the outdoors when we can all get out there again. I'll not be washing any bigger garments (like a jacket) until the weather is hotter and some of the tumble drier time can be line drying time instead.
And seeing how hard it is to dry a gilet, I'm never, ever, going to undertake washing my down sleeping bag myself !