Nikwax

Nick Brown, British hill walkers very own wax!

 Nick's wax (hence the name Nikwax) was the beginning of a remarkable success story.

Nikwax was first produced as a commercial product in a North London flat (really it was!) in 1977, at 22 years of age, Nick mixed his first order with a discarded tea urn, a primus stove, a jug and materials bought from a local hardware store. The wax was then poured into tins which he silk screened by hand.

Nick sold his products to the outdoor trade, driving a second hand Morris 1000 van and later, he bought an Inter Rail cards to introduce his product into Europe. Next he moved to a workshop in Clerkenwell in London and before he knew it, Nick was selling ‘the product’ to eight countries.

'The product' - a non-softening waterproofing wax for leather boots was so effective that it set the standard for a new breed of aftercare products under the Nikwax brand.

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  • Nikwax Down Wash 100ml Pouch Quick View
    Nikwax Down Wash 100ml Pouch

    Nikwax Down Wash 100ml Pouch

    £2.49

    Nikwax Down Wash 100ml Pouch Description- Nikwax Down Wash Direct 100ml is an essential item that will restore the water repellence to your favourite down items. As your down filled coat or gilet is worn, it will naturally gather a layer of dirt that can prevent the water resistance from working to its full potential, simply wash your items with this non-hazardous, water-based solution in a washing machine or by hand, to maintain the loft, fill and insulation properties, keeping your items, warm and comfortable. Perfect for increasing the longevity of your favourite pieces, Down Wash Direct will also restore the breathability element. This convenient wash in formula can not only be used on hydrophobic and natural down clothing items, but can be used to hand wash your down filled sleeping bags to keep them cosy. Nikwax Down Wash Direct is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and is manufactured in the UK.
  • Nikwax High Performance Waterproofing: Cream Wax For Leather Quick View
    Nikwax High Performance Waterproofing: Cream Wax For Leather

    Nikwax High Performance Waterproofing: Cream Wax For Leather

    £3.99

    Nikwax High Performance Waterproofing: Cream Wax For Leather Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ is a safe product to use on breathable waterproof footwear. It provides instant Durable Water Repellency (DWR), maintains breathability and replenishes tanning agents in leather. It is non-flammable, contains no harmful solvents and is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ has been specifically designed and optimised for smooth leather footwear. The WaterBased formulation is directed to leaks, can be used on wet or dry leather and will not over-soften.
  • Nikwax Mini Twin Tech Wash Quick View
    Nikwax Mini Twin Tech Wash

    Nikwax Mini Twin Tech Wash

    £7.99

    Nikwax Mini Twin Tech Wash PRODUCT DESCRIPTION All you need to safely clean and add water repellency to wet weather clothing without wicking liners. Clean and waterproof your wet weather clothing with this convenient Duo-Pack. Recommended for GORE-TEX and eVent. Tech Wash is a soap-based cleaner which can be used regularly to clean clothing and equipment without damaging the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coatings. Use this product instead of conventional detergents or washing powder. TX.Direct adds water-repellency and revives breathability to fabrics without wicking liners. Prolongs the effective lifespan and optimizes the performance of your wet-weather clothing.
  • Nikwax TX Direct Wash in Proofer 300ml Quick View
    Nikwax TX Direct Wash in Proofer 300ml

    Nikwax TX Direct Wash in Proofer 300ml

    £8.25

    TX.Direct® Wash-In 16 The No.1 easy to use, safe, high performance wash in waterproofing for wet weather clothing. Adds Durable Water Repellency and revives breathability - in a washing machine. < Breathable waterproof garments are most likely to get sweaty and wet inside when used in damp or wet conditions. If the outer fabric absorbs water, the garment can lose up to 70% of its breathability. Therefore, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) on the outer fabric of your jacket must be maintained to ensure comfort. It will eventually wear off and need to be renewed with Nikwax TX.Direct®. When we work hard, we sweat. The evaporation of sweat cools us down and keeps us comfortable. But, when it rains we want to avoid getting wet, so we put on waterproof outerwear to keep us dry. The waterproof fabric must allow moisture vapour to pass through it, or 'breathe'; otherwise our sweat cannot evaporate, causing us to overheat and get wet from condensation. Additionally, if the outer fabric of your garment absorbs water and ‘wets out’ its breathability will be reduced, causing you to feel clammy and wet. Nikwax TX.Direct® adds Durable Water Repellency (DWR), which prevents water absorption, whilst maintaining breathability, keeping you dry and comfortable. Anyone who is active outside in damp or wet conditions will benefit from breathable waterproof clothing. Whether you’re a mountaineer, cyclist, dog walker, or you work outside as a farmer or surveyor, you will need good raingear.
  • Nikwax Waterproofing: Fabric & Leather Proof 125ml Quick View
    Nikwax Waterproofing: Fabric & Leather Proof 125ml

    Nikwax Waterproofing: Fabric & Leather Proof 125ml

    £4.50

    Nikwax Waterproofing: Fabric & Leather Proof 125ml Fabric & Leather Proof™ 8 Easy to use WaterBased waterproofing for fabric and leather footwear. Waterproofs, maintains support, texture and breathability of all combination footwear.   Breathable waterproof footwear is most likely to get sweaty and wet inside when used in damp or wet conditions. If the outer fabric or leather absorbs water, the breathability of the footwear will be reduced. Therefore, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) of your footwear must be maintained to ensure comfort. It will eventually wear off and need to be renewed with Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof™. Your footwear could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™, and if it is fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalised just from cleaning.  But, once the footwear has been thoroughly worn you will need to add DWR, using Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof™, after cleaning first with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™. Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof™ is easy and quick to apply; either spray or sponge on to wet boots. Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof™ provides highly Durable Water Repellency (DWR) which develops on air drying. It leaves a flexible water repellent treatment on individual fibres of fabric and leather. This allows moisture vapour to pass through, maintaining breathability and keeping your feet dry. Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof™ has been specifically designed and optimised for fabric and leather combination footwear. Brush off dirt with a damp cloth and clean using Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™. Shake well before use. Press sponge applicator to break seal. Apply generously to wet footwear; Spray-On (from a distance of 5cm) or Sponge-On. After 2 minutes, remove surplus with a cloth and allow to dry before use. Note: Light/coloured fabric and/or leather may darken after treatment. Test on a hidden area first.        
  • Nikwax Waterproofing: Tech Wash 300ml Quick View
    Nikwax Waterproofing: Tech Wash 300ml

    Nikwax Waterproofing: Tech Wash 300ml

    £4.75

    Nikwax Waterproofing Tech Wash 300ml Washing and reproofing your waterproof will improve performance and longevity. This should be done with the use of gentle non-detergent based cleaners so that the weatherproofed coatings are not stripped off (with DWR) and so pores stay unclogged (as with membranes such as GORE-Tex and e-Vent).  You should retreat your waterproof garments every 4-6 months, depending on usage.Waterproof garments can be treated with a wash-in product in the washing machine, or spray-on solution. Sprays are best suited for coatings, whereas wash-in treatments work best with membranes. Nikwax treatments coat fabric and leather fibres with a network of elastic TX.10i water-repellent molecules. They bond to anything that is not water-repellent, but leave the spaces between fibres open and breathable. Nikwax treatments can flex and move with the fabric and leather fibres. That is why Nikwax treatments can withstand several washings and remain whereas the competitors must be re-applied after each wash.If your waterproof clothing or equipment is relatively new, or recently treated with a Nikwax waterproofer, then cleaning with Nikwax Tech Wash® will not only remove contaminants, such as dirt and residues left behind by household detergents, but also revitalise DWR.
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    Nikwax Waterproofing: TX Direct Spray-On Quick View
    Nikwax Waterproofing: TX Direct Spray-On

    Nikwax Waterproofing: TX Direct Spray-On

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    Nikwax Waterproofing: TX Direct Spray-On The easy to use, safe, high performance spray on waterproofing for wet weather clothing. Adds Durable Water Repellency, revives breathability and maintains internal wicking properties.
  • Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof Quick View
    Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof

    Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof

    £6.75

    Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof Spray-on waterproofing for waxed cotton Adds water-repellency. Benefits of using this product It rejuvenates the water repellency of tired, waxed cotton clothing It replaces water repellent finishes It overcomes the problems of gear ‘wetting-out’ It prolongs the life of your gear and optimises performance in wet weather It’s easy to apply Ideal for All waxed cotton clothing and outer wear How to apply For best results always clean outside of jacket using Nikwax® Tech Wash® (only if care label allows) with damp cloth or rinse under running water and sponge down to remove surface dirt. Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Application (use gloves): Protect working surface and lay fastened wet jacket on a flat clean surface. Spray Nikwax® Wax Cotton Proof™ generously onto outer surface. Spread evenly with a damp sponge or clean rag, rubbing evenly into fabric. Check carefully to ensure no areas have been missed. Drying: Hang up to air dry. Rub in any drips or runs. Touch up areas that may have been overlooked. When to use this product Always apply this product to used waxed cotton clothing to keep items in water-repellent condition. Hang-up to dry and touch up any areas that have been overlooked. To maintain the performance of waterproofed gear, refer to care label and clean with Nikwax Tech Wash to remove everyday dirt and contaminants.

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