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Detergents can diminish the durable water repellency (DWR) of a technical fabric. Opt for Tech Wash instead.

Use Nikwax Tech Wash to clean and care for your waterproof/breathable garments. Dirt will attract water and reduce the beading-up of droplets on the fabric's surface. Plus, after a couple days out in the backcountry, your shell reeks. Wash the garment in Nikwax Tech Wash non-detergent soap. Detergents can leave water-attractive residues that will not rinse out. They also contain agents that can wash away water-repellent treatments. Never use liquid detergents or fabric softeners. 10 fl oz. (300 ml)

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4 5

Does the job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cleans your waterproof gear properly. But some stubborn stains may still require a little spray and wash directly on the area. I usually prefer the 2 in 1 solutions (ie grangers) that cleans and replenishes the DWR coating in 1 wash.
Overall good product to take care your spendy gear

1 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My outdoor store told me I needed to hand wash my tent in this "gentle" soap before re-sealing it, but it dissolved my tent floor's waterproofing to white crumbs and lifted all the factory seam tape! My nice old REI tent that I was trying to make perfect for a friend to borrow is now garbage. BE AWARE that older gear may have silicone-based sealants(?) and SPOT TEST! Filed a product report with Nikwax but they claimed it wasn't their fault, that "time was the enemy." Bogus.

5 5

Gets rid of that clammy feeling

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff does a great job clearing out the nasty grease and oil particles that are clogging up the pores of your several hundred dollar goretex shell. If you're feeling like you're in a steam room every time you throw your shell on and do anything more strenuous than walking your dog around the block, its probably because your jacket has lost most of its breathability due to residues in the fabric and this stuff will get you back to new.

Tech Wash doesn't do as well on hard stains as some detergents but it will allow your gear to function properly without destroying the waterproofing like some other detergents. And lets be honest, stains are as much a badge of honor as anything so don't worry about them and worry about what really matters which is having gear that functions like it should

5 5

Protect your fine gear

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You spent $500 on your jacket, not spend another few to keep it worth that. One 10oz bottle will do about two washing when used as prescribed with a load of 3-4 articles each. It won't get as clean as your Oxy Clean will, but it will make your gear last much longer and behave as it should.

5 5

Use it..seriously

Keep your gear in great shape for multiple seasons. There is no bad weather, only bad gear, and this will help make sure your gear is good to go.

5 5

go ahead. give your coat what it wants

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You love your gear, it keeps you dry and comfortable. Your gear loves Nikwax Tech Wash, just as you need to surface from the endless pow laps, you coat needs a splash of Tech Wash to get clean and keep you waterproof/breathable garments functioning properly. Use with Nikwax TX Direct (wash-in or spray on) to both clean and revive the water repellant DWR of your tech gear.

5 5

Resurrect your threads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am very impressed with how well these Nikwax products work. I used the TX Direct spray on in conjunction with the Tech Wash here and it literally transformed the material on my jacket. My 2 year old jacket has had it pretty rough. The material felt coarse and had some fuzziness to the fibers from being used and abused. After washing it with the tech, wash the material felt smooth and supple again. Very impressed. On a side note, you'll always want to use a side loading washer. The traditional top load center agitator style will really do a number on your outerwear. Lastly, I would recommend using the TX spray instead of the wash for maximum breathablility.

5 5

Good stuff!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It really cleaned the tent well. It came out feeling soft and renewed.

5 5

Great one

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm use it for all my technical clothing only in the end of the season (for the price is heavy on me). the clothing go out like new!

5 5

Great Wash!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great wash for all our Gore Tex shells and pants. Leaves no residue like detergent does. Awesome!

5 5

Good stuff

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dose the job nicely! If you have spent the big bucks on top notch gear you should give it a good clean with this wicked product from time to time! Foams up nicely and makes you shine :)

5 5

Great Product!

Does what it says it will do. I used this on several jackets and they all turned out fine! I would suggest this to others, no reason you can't wash your gear once in awhile.

5 5

Truly works!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this product on a lot of my gear, at first I was very nervous about the wash but after the first go, I was amazed! Tested the wash on a older sleeping bag, simple to use and the results were awesome! Waterproofing is back and the water just beads again on the material, the bag looks brand new! I have since watched all my technical jackets, sleeping bags, and tents! I highly recommend buying this wash, you spend lots of money on your gear and this wash will keep the gear in tip top shape! All Nikwax products are solid! Follow directions on the package.

5 5

Great Shell Cleaner

I've used this several times on my technical shells and have been very pleased with the results. My stuff always comes out looking like it's brand new.

5 5

Why not use it?

You have spent a ton of money on purchasing your gear and now you are going to be too cheap to wash it properly? You bought your gear for all of the qualities it came with, so why not wash it properly and get the most out of your gear?
I love having my gear act as good as new after I wash it. Nikwax products kick ass. I haven't found one yet that doesn't deliver.

4 5

Seems to work...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just washed a load of Stoic softshells, Salomon ski jackets, and GoLite down jackets with this. I know Nikwax makes special washes for each of these, but hey, I can't afford $10 loads of laundry. That being said, this product worked well for most of the garments. Softshell jacket and pants- waterproofed! Ski jackets- spick and span! Down jackets....maybe I should have gotten the Down Wash. Despite following the directions to the T, the down came out very clumped up with spots on the fabric, and it hardly cleaned the stains and blackened cuffs.
But for an all-in-one cleaner, I can't complain. Very useful and necessary product if you have multiple technical garments.

5 5

Worked for me

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used this to wash my London Fog trench before using the Cotton Proof (see my review there). I had never proofed my trench so I figured it needed a good wash and proofing. The combination of the Tech Wash and Cotton Proof worked awesomely for me. So I am not sure how well this would have worked alone, but for my purposes, it did the trick.

If i am washing ski and snowboard clothing,...

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If i am washing ski and snowboard clothing, should I use the Tech Wash first and then the Tx-Direct after or just use one or the other? Some of the gear is new and still has DWR but some of it has lost its water resistance. I don't want to overbuy if I only need one product.

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You could use TX-Direct Wash in just once without using Tech Wash, or if you want better results, you could use Tech Wash and then spray the garment with TX-Direct Spray On.

5 5

Great for tents!

I just used this on my Black Diamond Light House last month before a trip to the Sierra Nevada. Lucky I did because we were caught in a 2 day snow storm at 8k. Very stoked on the beading of the moisture and cleanliness of my tent after washing it.

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