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How To Clean, Treat and Protect Outdoor Clothing or Footwear

How To Clean, Treat and Protect Outdoor Clothing or Footwear
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Use Nikwax to stay dry, warm and comfortable in wet weather.  Nikwax cleans, re-proofs and maintains breathability of all outdoor clothing & footwear.
  • Treating your sports gear and footwear with Nikwax will make them repel water when it rains. You stay dry!
  • Your gear will remain lightweight because it won't absorb water and become heavy. You can move freely!
  • Your gear remains breathable so moisture does not build up on the inside of the jacket making you feel clammy and cold. You enjoy your sports more!
  • Improve your performance and your sports. Use Nikwax to waterproof and maintain all sports gear so you stay dry, warm and comfortable in wet weather.
  • The Nikwax two-stage treatment is the cleaning and re-proofing sequence which will restore the original performance of manufacturer’s clothing, footwear or equipment. Whether it's clothing, footwear or equipment, the first stage of the Nikwax process must always be to clean.

    This removes contaminants, dirt and everyday grime that masks the water-repellent coatings on waterproof items. All water repellent finishes work at their best if the garments are kept clean. Nikwax wash-in cleaners for clothing and equipment will safely remove any detergent residues ingrained in the fabric that would encourage wetting-out, ie. where water isn’t repelled from the fabric but absorbed into the fibres.  Regular cleaning prevents damage.

    Whether it's clothing, footwear or equipment, the second stage of the process must always be to waterproof. Using any one of our waterproofing products will ensure a durable, long-lasting effect against rain, keeping you, your feet or your equipment dry in wet weather.  Using Nikwax will maintain the breathable performance of gear, preventing moisture build-up on the inside of gear allowing it to be pushed from the inside out, keeping your body at the right temperature. At the same time Nikwax repels rain from the outer surface, keeping you dry from both directions.

    *Cleaning Your Clothes Using Nikwax Tech Wash

    Safely revitalises breathability and water-repellency This product is a non-detergent soap which can be used regularly to clean clothing and equipment without damaging the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coatings. Use this product instead of detergents or washing powder.

    Benefits of using Tech Wash -
  • Prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance
  • Maintains breathability
  • Maintains original water-repellency
  • Easy to apply - can be used in a washing machine
  • Suitable for use on all fabrics, including technical textiles
  • Lifts out dirt that can attract water and mask water repellent finishes
  • Unlike detergents, it does not leave behind water attractive residues which encourage ‘wetting-out’
  • Removes detergent residues left behind by previous washes
  • WaterBased - environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non flammable, non hazardous
  • Does not contain fluorocarbons
  • *Reproofing Your Waterproof Clothing Using Nikwax TX-Direct Wash-In

    Wash-in waterproofing for wet weather clothing. The world’s no.1 high performance waterproofing for breathable waterproof clothing that is easy, safe and quick to use in a washing machine. Fluorocarbon-free, solvent-free and no tumble drying required.  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.

    Benefits of using TX Direct Wash In -
  • Keeps the wearer dry and comfortable
  • Adds and/or renews high performance water repellency
  • Revives breathability – vital for comfort
  • Prolongs the life and performance of gear
  • Easy to use and apply at home
  • *Reproofing Your Waterproof Clothing Using Nikwax TX-Direct Spray-On

    Spray-on waterproofing for wet weather clothing. Adds water-repellency and revives breathability.  Always apply this product to used clothing to keep items in perfect water-repellent condition. To maintain the performance of waterproofed gear, regularly clean with Nikwax Tech Wash to remove everyday dirt and contaminants.

    *Treatment For All Fleeces & Soft-Shell Clothing Using Nikwax Polar Proof or Nikwax Softshell Proof

    Always apply these two product to new or used soft shell clothing to keep items in perfect water-repellent condition. Remember to clean gear first with Nikwax Tech Wash

    Nikwax Polar Proof - Wash-in waterproofing for fleece, wool, fibre-pile and synthetic fabrics.  It helps to maintain the air gap between the knit and weave, keeping the wearer warm and comfortable while repelling water from the surface in wet or humid conditions, keeping the wearer dry.

    Benefits for using Polar Proof -
  • Fleece jackets, trousers, gloves and hats
  • Fibre pile items worn next to the skin
  • Wool sweaters, gloves and hats
  • Insulated synthetic clothing
  • Nikwax Softshell Proof - Wash-in waterproofing for all soft-shell fabrics and clothing.  Adds water-repellency and revives breathability.

    Benefits for using Softshell Proof -
  • Adds / renews water repellency and revives breathability of all soft-shell garments
  • It prolongs the life of gear and optimises performance in wet weather
  • Easy to apply - can be used in a washing machine, no tumble drying required
  • Will not affect cosmetic appearance
  • WaterBased - environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non flammable, non hazardous
  • Does not contain fluorocarbons


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    Taking care of your clothing, in particular outdoor clothing is vital to prolong its life. At Sportfish we have some of the best garment protection gear on the market. Read on to find out more.

    Caring for Clothing and Footwear

    Nikwax Cleaning & Reproofing System

    The well-known British brand, Nikwax was founded by Nick Brown. Nikwax cleans, re-proofs and maintains the breathability of all outdoor clothing & footwear.

    Nikwax 2-Stage Treatment

    The Nikwax two-stage treatment is the cleaning and re-proofing sequence that restores the original performance of manufacturer’s clothing, footwear or equipment. Whether it's clothing, footwear or equipment, the first stage of the Nikwax process must always be to clean as this removes contaminants, dirt and everyday grime that masks the water-repellent coatings on waterproof items.

    Stage 1

    All water repellent finishes work at their best if the garments are kept clean. Nikwax wash-in cleaners for clothing and equipment will safely remove any detergent residues ingrained in the fabric that would encourage wetting-out, ie. where water isn’t repelled from the fabric but absorbed into the fibres.  Regular cleaning prevents damage.

    Stage 2

    Whether it's fly fishing clothing, footwear or equipment, the second stage of the process must always be to waterproof. Using any one of our waterproofing products will ensure a durable, long-lasting effect against rain, keeping you, your feet or your equipment dry in wet weather. Using Nikwax will maintain the breathable performance of gear, preventing moisture build-up on the inside of gear allowing it to be pushed from the inside out, keeping your body at the right temperature. At the same time Nikwax repels rain from the outer surface, keeping you dry from both directions.

    Cleaning Your Clothes Using Nikwax Tech Wash

    Nikwax Tech Wash safely revitalises breathability and maintains water-repellency with this non-detergent soap which can be used regularly to clean clothing and equipment without damaging the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coatings. Use this product instead of detergents or washing powder.

    Benefits of using Tech Wash:

    • Prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance
    • Maintains breathability and original water-repellency
    • Easy to apply - can be used in a washing machine
    • Suitable for use on all fabrics, including technical textiles
    • Lifts out dirt that can attract water and mask water repellent finishes
    • Unlike detergents, it does not leave behind water attractive residues which encourage ‘wetting-out’
    • Removes detergent residues left behind by previous washes
    • Water based - environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non-flammable, non-hazardous
    • Does not contain fluorocarbons

    Reproofing Your Waterproof Clothing with Nikwax TX-Direct Wash-In

    The world’s number 1 high performance wash-in waterproofing for breathable waterproof clothing that is easy, safe and quick to use in a washing machine. Fluorocarbon-free, solvent-free and no tumble drying required. 

    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.

    Benefits of using Nikwax TX Direct Wash In:

    • Keeps the wearer dry and comfortable
    • Adds and/or renews high performance water repellency
    • Revives breathability – vital for comfort
    • Prolongs the life and performance of gear
    • Easy to use and apply at home

    Reproofing Your Waterproof Clothing Using Nikwax TX Direct Spray On

    A spray-on waterproofing for wet weather clothing. Adds water-repellency and revives breathability.  Always apply this product to used clothing to keep items in perfect water-repellent condition. To maintain the performance of waterproofed gear, regularly clean with Nikwax Tech Wash to remove everyday dirt and contaminants.

    Benefits for using TX Direct Spray On:

    • Spray on – no washing required
    • Adds durable water repellency
    • Revives breathability
    • Maintains internal wicking properties
    Grangers Clothing Care TreatmentsGrangers Clothing Care Treatments

    Grangers Cleaning & Waterproofing System

    A British brand dedicated to protecting you against the elements, Grangers developed the first water-based waterproofing solution for the outdoors market. They helped protect the equipment used during the first Mount Everest summit in 1953, and work very closely with outdoorspeople to ensure their product range is the best it can be. Grangers are passionate about looking after the environment so we can all continue to enjoy it in the future and many of their products are PFC-free and water based.

    Reproofing Your Waterproof Clothing with Grangers Performance Wash Concentrate

    Protect your apparel’s water-repellent finish with this wash-in cleaner.

    Benefits for using Performance Wash Concentrate:

    • Powerful cleaning
    • Neutralises odours
    • No residue
    • Performs the same in hard and soft waters
    • Enhances any existing water-repellent finish
    • It can be used in your washing machine or when hand washing to remove dirt and to neutralise odours.
    • In a 100% recycled bottle or 1L pouch

    Reproofing Your Down Clothing with Grangers Down Wash

    Keep your down or synthetic down-filled gear clean and fresh so it keeps you warm and dry for longer.

    Benefits for using Down Wash:

    • Specially formulated to clean all technical fabrics and clothing.
    • Removes dirt
    • Neutralises odours
    • Protects any remaining water-repellent finish
    • Bluesign®* approved
    • Restores loft

    Repel water with Grangers Performance Repel Wash

    Protect your gear against the elements by restoring the water-repellent finish found in technical gear and maintain breathability.

    Benefits for using Performance Repel Wash:

    • Suitable to use on hardshell and softshell garments including Gore-Tex membranes.
    • Adds durable water repellency
    • Maximises breathability
    • Restores to like-new performance
    • 100% PCR and Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottle
    • Bluesign®* approved
    • PFC-free
    • Effective without heat activation
    • Neutral smell
    • Use in your washing machine or when hand washing. In a 100% recycled bottle or 1L pouch

    Repel water with Grangers Performance Repel Plus Spray

    Protect your gear against the elements by restoring the water-repellent finish found in technical gear.

    Benefits for using Performance Repel Plus Spray:

    • Superior repellency
    • Maximises breathability
    • Restores to like-new performance
    • 100% PCR and Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottle
    • Bluesign®* approved
    • PFC-free
    • Effective without heat activation
    • Neutral smell
    • Always wash garment first as Grangers recommend applying waterproofing treatment to clean damp clothing.
    • In a 100% recycled spray bottle

    Wash and Repel water with Grangers 2IN1

    Clean and protect your gear in the ultimate 2IN1 wash! Powerful cleaning, durable repellency, save time and conserve both water and energy.

    Benefits for using Grangers 2IN1:

    • Durable repellency
    • Powerful cleaning
    • Maximises breathability 2-in-1 formulation
    • Conserves energy and water
    • Saves time
    • 100% PCR and Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottle
    • Bluesign®* approved
    • PFC-free
    • In a 100% recycled bottle or 1L pouch
    • Washing and repellency combined in a single treatment via your washing machine or when hand washing.

    We also offer the ultimate Grangers Clothing Care Kit and Grangers Down Care Kits for all your clothing and down needs.

    * Grangers are the first brand in the world to achieve bluesign® status in 2007. The accreditation certifies the eco-friendliness of the entire production chain. Instead of focusing on finished product testing, the bluesign® standard analyses all input streams – from raw materials to chemical components. Assessment begins prior to production even begins, meaning you can be rest assured that Granger products are cleaner, safer and more environmentally responsible. The bluesign® approved shiny blue tag is featured on Granger bottles.

    REVIVEX DWR PUMP SPRAY 500MLREVIVEX DWR PUMP SPRAY 500ML

    Revivex Water Repellant

    Revivex DWR Pump Spray offers another solution to protect and care for your breathable laminates and synthetic fabrics. Recommended for all GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER® garments.

    • Durable – spray-on treatment restores DWR, resists abrasion and repels water, oil and stains
    • Maximizes Breathability – creates water resistant layer and allows waterproof-breathable garments to perform at its best
    • Washable – ideal for outerwear and ski gear, this DWR coating will remain after a wash and can be air dried or heat set
    • Compatible – designed for use on technical fabrics including eVent, NeoShell and GORE-TEX materials; formula is PFOA and PFOS free
    • Multipurpose – restore water repellency to DWR treated rainwear, jackets, ski pants, gloves, boots, waders, and nylon tent flies 10.5 oz. treats 2-4 garments on average
    • Ideal for use on all fabrics (we recommend spot testing full-grain leather) including GORE-TEX fabrics and waterproof breathable membranes
    • Repels water, oil and stains
    • PFOA & PFOS free
    • Air-powered sprayer is solvent free

    Clothing Care Treatments

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