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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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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the tried and true go to wash for any quality tech piece that I own. If I want to keep my gear fresh and clean and looking as new as possible then tech wash is the only option. Works great in our normal front load washer.

Wash everything with DWR in this

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wash everything from my tent to my jackets in this wash. It immediately brings the product back to it brand new state of repelling and beading water away. Rejuvenating your gear and washing it regularly without detergents is the best way to keep your expensive shells and tents for years.



Give me a shout if you have questions about waterproofing or washing gear.



Eric Watford

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Wash everything with DWR in this

No more bloody mess!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a bloody snowboard accident this season, I was less concerned about my body and more concerned about my favorite purple ski jacket being stained! Turns out, after just one Tech Wash there was no trace I had ever taken a dig.

When it comes to washing my outerwear, Nikwax is my immediate go -to product. If you've invested in nice garments this wash will assure your gear stays breathable and water resistant.

Everyday detergents can clog breathability in tech fabrics, shortening their lifespan. I used this wash and then treated my jacket with the TX Direct Spray.

The next ski day my jacket performed like it was brand new and the purple popped better than ever.

A story for the grandkids

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

One fine February weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to pack up the car and head south for a camping trip in the desert. He did the packing, while I fired up the juicer for my special beet-and-apple juice. I poured it in our Hydro Flasks (another fantastic product) and we hit the open road, ready for beet-fueled adventure. Somewhere in southern Utah, we stopped to enjoy the scenery. I pulled out my highly stain-a-rific beet juice for a quick sip, right as Chris gunned the car into drive, causing my beloved juice to spill down the front of my equally beloved, freshly-Nikwax-treated Arc'teryx jacket. Steam was building in my ears as Chris stopped the car. We stared at each other, neither knowing what to say. We got out, neither of us speaking, and began to pour water onto my ruined jacket. This was where we were going to part ways, I thought. But lo and behold, the water beaded its way down the jacket, collecting all the beautiful beet juice and washing it into the desert sand at our feet. Not a drop of juice remained on my jacket. Not one single drop. We stared at each other in jaw-dropped awe and amazement. This was going to be a good weekend.

Keep those jackets clean

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Wash your tech shell with this stuff, machine dry it on a warm temperature and it'll be back beading water off like it was new. It is good for your technical shell's waterproofing and breathability, to fairly consistently wash them, and like it says int he description, you don't want to use regular clothing detergents because they can clog up the membrane.

Awesome Product!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a fairly stained Gore-Tex Jacket. This product is fantastic. It didn't get all the stains out( the jacket hadn't been washed in years) but it did a great job at getting the largest and most unsightly stains out.



Be sure you get the Nikwax TX Direct wash in for use after cleaning.

rejuvenated my gore tex

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

use it at least 1x a season on my gore tex. it gives a recommended surface area of fabric per bottle. I stretch it a little thin (50% extra material), haven't noticed any bad effects. At the same time, I don't let my goretex get that nasty. I usually use nikwax spray afterward, and my gear sheds water like a duck.

NikWax never lets down

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

Haven't had an issue with their products yet. Does exactly what they claim to do and they are reasonably priced in my opinion. Wish I could put more items in per load, but whatever, no big deal. Important note, run an empty rinse cycle first to get any detergent residue out of your washing machine!

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

CAN DAMAGE WATERPROOFING ON OLDER GEAR!

  • 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Unanswered Question

Do I rinse with fresh water after washing? I have it soaking now in the washing machine, but I do not see on the instructions (I am washing it by hand) whether or not to rinse it. If I rinse it with water, I am afraid it will rinse out the waterproofing. Help!

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

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.

do you put a certain amount in the machine...

do you put a certain amount in the machine to make them waterproof? How much of the solution so you need. How much does the solution cost and how big a bottle?

If I use this on my Backcountry.com rime...

If I use this on my Backcountry.com rime pullover, which is made from Powershield material should I hang dry or use the dryer? Im concerned mostly with breathability not so much for water repellence.

Can this be used safely on a down jacket...

Can this be used safely on a down jacket with DWR treated fabric? I would like to protect the DWR but of course do not wish to damage the delicate down feathers. Thanks!

How does this compare to Penguin's Sport-Wash?...

How does this compare to Penguin's Sport-Wash? There are claims that it's just as good if not better than Nikwax tech wash.

how much wash in do i use?

how much wash in do i use?

Can this remove grease stains on hardshell...

Can this remove grease stains on hardshell material... e.g. almond butter stain?

This stuff works great on oily or dirty clothing, I don't have specific experience with almond butter, but if the stain is relatively fresh, and your gear hasn't gone through the wash yet, this will remove most of the oil. It may remove the stain altogether, but that is less likely. You'll probably see the best results if you pretreat and scrub the stain before washing, you could use undiluted tech wash for this purpose, or even regular dish detergent.

Hi!
Grease stains are tricky, aren't they?!? One of the best ways to treat them is to soak the affected area in warm water and dish soap (like Dawn). THEN follow up with Tech Wash. Dish soaps are the best at cutting grease and the tech wash will remove any residue left behind by the dish soap. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question! Stay dry! :)

Should this Tech Wash be used to clean...

Should this Tech Wash be used to clean fleece too? In the same load as hardshells and softshells? Thanks

Best Answer

Hi Eric! Tech Wash is definately what you want to use to clean your fleece jackets. One thing to be aware of though, if this is the first time you've washed a new fleece it may distribute fuzz over your other jackets in the washing machine. But other than that, yes, you can definately throw them all in together. If you decide you want to waterproof that fleece, check out Nikwax Polar Proof. Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

Hi Eric! Tech Wash is definately what you want to use to clean your fleece jackets. One thing to be aware of though, if this is the first time you've washed a new fleece it may distribute fuzz over your other jackets in the washing machine. But other than that, yes, you can definately throw them all in together. If you decide you want to waterproof that fleece, check out Nikwax Polar Proof. Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

I have a couple of sets of snowboard pants...

I have a couple of sets of snowboard pants and jackets (15Kmm/10Km2) that has small pads of lining inside. After two seasons it is time for a wash since it has food and dirt stains. I bought the Tech Wash and Tx.Direct wash in thinking that I coudl use it to reproof them. After reading the instruction, it is not recommended for items with liners.
If I wash them only with Tech Wash would the waterproofing be compromised? Do I have to reproof them with Spray only or should it be ok with just the wash?

Best Answer

Hi Roberto! Washing your gear with Tech Wash will never compromise the existing DWR (durable water repellency). In fact, if the DWR is still solid (it wears off over time), Tech Wash will help it work better. As for proofing, the Tx.Direct wash-in product would be great for your pants. The only "liners" you would worry about would be those that are designed to wick sweat off the surface of the skin (like a running shirt with a hanging mesh liner). I wash all my snowboard pants and jackets with Tx.Direct wash-in and it works great. Tech Wash and Tx.Direct work best as a team. Give them both a try... I think you'll be pleased. If you have any more detailed questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (800) 563-3057. Thanks for your question!

Stay Dry!

Hi Roberto! Washing your gear with Tech Wash will never compromise the existing DWR (durable water repellency). In fact, if the DWR is still solid (it wears off over time), Tech Wash will help it work better. As for proofing, the Tx.Direct wash-in product would be great for your pants. The only "liners" you would worry about would be those that are designed to wick sweat off the surface of the skin (like a running shirt with a hanging mesh liner). I wash all my snowboard pants and jackets with Tx.Direct wash-in and it works great. Tech Wash and Tx.Direct work best as a team. Give them both a try... I think you'll be pleased. If  you have any more detailed questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (800) 563-3057. Thanks for your question! 

Stay Dry!

I have an oakley jacket that is not just...

I have an oakley jacket that is not just a shell it has thinsulate inside the jacket. I know this helps with re water proofing but wont this make the jacket not be able to breathe anymore? Or will it many just wash it which is what i really want.

Hi Austin!
The answers above are correct. Tech Wash is a cleaner that will improve your jacket's breathability. If, after cleaning, you notice that water isn't beading up on the surface of the jacket anymore, it's time to reapply the DWR (durable water repellancy) to the outside using the Tx.Direct spray-on found here: http://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-tx-direct-spray-on

Thanks for your question! Stay dry!

Has anyone used this to wash their climbing...

Has anyone used this to wash their climbing rope? Should I use Tech Wash or Nikwax's Rope Proof to wash my rope with?

Grease stains on Gore-tex Pro shell jacket....

Grease stains on Gore-tex Pro shell jacket. How to get them off? I have Arcteryx Alpha LT that has some major grease stains that are not coming off with Granger's G-wash. When I got this jacket the previous owner tried to wash the grease stains with G-wash and they didn't come off. One local store that sells Arcteryx told me to try Shout Advanced Gel which I did on small area but that didn't help either.Is there anything I can do about this?I haven't tried Nikwax but would it even matter because jacket has been washed already without a luck?

Hey Matt,My old shell got some serious grease stains that got washed in a couple of times, maybe 3 or 4. I stressed but then my wife used shout advanced gel. The thing you have to do is apply it very liberally and really grind it in. The apply it 3-5 more times the same way. Then you want to wash it the next morning. It got the grease right out of my jacket.There is some stuff that will get the grease out but it will also damage the integrity of the material. Hopefully that will help.----Thanks Steve for your answer. Just want everyone to know I did what Steve said and it did wonders!! Everything came off. Here's the step-by-step guide.-Poured water on the grease/stain spots for few minutes and rubbed those spots with my fingers under running water so the spot areas got wet.-Applied Shout Advanced Gel. Like Steve said, I ground the stuff on the jacket quite hard and quite a bit. I had doubts how Gore-tex Pro Shell would take the punishment and believe me it came out like new.-Waited for half an hour and applied Shout again and then waited 30 min and repeat (I applied Shout total of 5 times, always waited 30min before repeating the process).-Let jacket be over night (this is the most important part).-Next morning washed it with Granger's G-wash (warm water). I'm sure Nikwax will work here too.-Tumble dried with delicate setting.Now jacket looks like spanking new. Remember that before I did what Steve suggested I washed this jacket twice with Granger's G-wash and once tried Shout without any success. So the key here is to apply Shout multiple times and letting Shout sit on your jacket over night.

For grease stains I just use dish washing soap. Smear some one the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash out as much as you can by hand and then wash how you normally would. You might have to do this a few time depending on how tough the stain is but works like a charm.

I've been in this situation many times before so maybe this may work for you. First saturate the garment in cold water for a few minutes until completely soaked. Using a soft bristle brush, grab some nikwax tech wash and place a bit on the stain. Use the brush in a circular motion to try to penetrate the stain. If it starts to get a bit dry add a few drops of cold water and continue to work the stain. Continue to do so until the stain has completely been lifted. Submerge the area in cold water where the stain was and using the brush again, work until all of the nikwax has come off. Always treat the stains before washing any of your gear to ensure the best results. This has always been my method of choice whether its washing my technical gear to regular cotton tees.