Monday, July 15, 2019

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Gear

Follow these tips for maintaining your gear.

Wet Weather Gear

Looked after correctly your wet weather will remain waterproof for multiple trips. Normally, leaking garments are due to the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating needing to be cleaned or replenished.

Dirt, blood and body oils interfere with the functioning of the DWR and therefore cleaning regularly is an important part of maintaining the waterproof layer. However, normal detergents can interfere with the functioning of DWR, so it’s important to use a specialist cleaner like Nikwax Tech Wash. After 3 – 4 washes, your  garment might reach the stage where it needs to be re-treated with water repellency (DWR) by using Nikwax TX-Direct. Both a wash-in and spray-on version are available and must be applied when the garment is still wet after washing.

After treating there is no need to tumble dry your garment to activate the waterproofing.

Tech Wash Bottle


Like with clothing, footwear needs to be cleaned properly and have the waterproofing replenished at the end of every trip. For convenience, Nikwax’s range of footwear water-proofers are designed to be used directly after cleaning when footwear is wet, saving yourself lots of time as the cleaning and proofing process can be done together (exception is Nikwax wax which can be used on wet or dry boots).

Sleeping Bags

With sleeping bags, the most important tip lengthening the life of your product is to store it properly. This means removing it from its cram sac and storing it loosely. Most Domex sleeping bags are supplied with a mesh sac for storage, mesh sacs can be purchased separately.

A sleeping bag liner will help lengthen time between washes, Domex has two sleeping bag liners available – polyester here

You will eventually need to wash your sleeping bag. It is important to use a specialized cleaning product like Nikwax Down Wash for down bags and Nikwax Tech Wash for synthetic bags. Be careful to follow the sleeping bag manufacturers care instructions otherwise damage can occur.


Tent and Gear Solarproof Tent and Gear Solarwash bottle

When it comes to protecting tents against sun damage, the best defence is offence. Applying a product with a solar protector such as Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof or Solarwash

When the tent is brand new can double the effective life of the fabric. Keeping your tent clean is also important to prolong its life - for this use Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarwash, and reproof when necessary with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof.

Ground sheets are a great way to extend the life of a tent floor and can be found there