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Nikwax TX. Direct Wash In Waterproofer

by Nikwax
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  • Adds or renews water repellency and revives breathability
  • Prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance
  • Easy to apply in a washing machine or by hand
  • No heat activation required
  • WaterBased, fluorocarbon-free & environmentally responsible
  • Will proof up to 3 garments

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  • ASIN: B000Q6DKQO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 May 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Product Description

TX Direct Wash-In is wash-in waterproofing for wet weather clothing. TX Direct Wash-In adds water repellency and revives breathability.

Manufacturer's Description

Tx Direct Wash-In is wash-in waterproofing for wet weather clothing. TX Direct Wash-In adds durable water repellency and revives breathability.

Why breathability depends upon being water repellent

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®.

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Waterproof clothing needs to be breathable

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.

Breathable, waterproof clothing is for active, outdoor people

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.

Use Nikwax TX.Direct® when your raingear soaks up water

Your raingear could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Tech Wash®, and if it is fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalised just from cleaning. But, once the garment has been thoroughly worn, you will need to add DWR, using Nikwax TX.Direct®, after cleaning first with Nikwax Tech Wash®.

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Breathable raingear needs Nikwax TX.Direct® to maintain performance

Alternative waterproofing products are often solvent-based aerosols; alternatively, they may be water-based and use fluorocarbons. Aerosol products are flammable. Fluorocarbons pose a potential risk to the environment and to the long-term health of the consumer. Nikwax TX.Direct® is a safe product to use on breathable waterproof fabrics. It is WaterBased, non-flammable, contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is fluorocarbon free. Nikwax TX.Direct® has been specifically designed and optimised for breathable waterproof clothing, providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) whilst maintaining breathability. Nikwax TX.Direct® requires no heat to develop its DWR, so it is not necessary to use a tumble drier for best results. As garments with taped seams get older the tape adhesion weakens, becoming more fragile and susceptible to heat, so it is best to avoid tumble drying.

Cleaning properly can be as important as waterproofing

Using the right cleaning product is as important as using the right waterproofing product. Conventional detergents leave behind a thin water-absorbent film on materials, which masks their Durable Water Repellency (DWR). Therefore, always clean your waterproof garments with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Remember that dirt itself works against DWR, so regular cleaning will enhance performance.

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How Nikwax TX.Direct® Wash-In protects

Nikwax TX.Direct® Wash-In is the market leader. It is easy and quick to apply in a washing machine, and its highly Durable Water Repellency (DWR) develops on air drying. The washing machine application ensures that the treatment goes right through the garment, treating seams, tapes and cords, as well as the fabric. Also, as the need for tumble drying is removed, this saves energy and protects more vulnerable, older, garments from heat. Nikwax TX.Direct® Wash-In has been specifically designed and optimised for breathable waterproof garments; it leaves a flexible water repellent treatment on individual fibres allowing moisture vapour to pass through, maintaining breathability.

Like all Nikwax products, TX.Direct® is safe to use

Nikwax takes great care to minimise the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. Nikwax waterproofing products are WaterBased, non-aerosol, non-flammable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. They contain no harmful solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and are completely free of fluorocarbons (which have been shown to be persistent in the environment and have been associated with serious health issues).

People who use Nikwax TX.Direct® say that it does the job

Nikwax TX.Direct® is the product of choice of professional Outdoor trainers. To find out more about people who are using Nikwax TX.Direct®, and other Nikwax products, take a look at our testimonials page on our home page.

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Use Nikwax TX.Direct® Wash-In in a washing machine

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.

    - Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser
    - Place maximum of 2 clean garments in washing machine
    - Use 100ml per garment
    - Run 30°C synthetic cycle and slow spin

Do not machine-wash garments if taped seams have become dislodged.*

To maintain waterproofing always wash with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Do not use detergents.

*Faulty taped seams sometimes become detached on old or worn garments. They can be re-stuck using a proprietary clear glue after waterproofing and drying.

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Nikwax TX.Direct® Wash-In can be applied by hand

Use gloves (to avoid waterproofing your hands).

    1. Immerse 1 clean garment in 6L of hand-hot water in a bowl or sink
    2. Add 50ml of TX.Direct®
    3. Agitate to mix, leave to soak for 5-10 minutes, then agitate thoroughly
    4. Rinse with cold water until water runs clear
Nikwax TX.Direct® treated clothing needs no heat to develop Durable Water Repellency (DWR)

Air dry or tumble dry on a low setting if care label allows.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By fiona c on 24 Dec. 2010
Size: 1lt
I can highly recommend this product for easily reproofing your waterproof clothing. It is very simple to use and unlike some other products does not require the garment to be tumble dried or ironed after treatment. It is definitely more effective if you use Nikwax Techwash to clean the clothes first.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By KFJ on 1 Oct. 2009
Size: 300ml
This stuff Nikwax TX Direct Wash-In does exactly what is says on the tin (well bottle). I am delighted with how it has restored waterproofing to my quilted coat (which was behaving like a veritable sponge in the rain), even though it says its for use on fabrics without wicking/absorbant liners it has worked beautifully. It is so easy to use, quite literally its all done in the washing machine, what could be easier?
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie on 8 May 2009
Size: 1lt
Easy to use - and an effective way to re-waterproof garments like ski jackets that have lost some repellency as the result of past washing.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CMB on 26 July 2010
Size: 1lt
Good product to revive the waterproofing of your jacket. I used it on a textile motorcycle suit and it worked as advertised.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David on 6 Sept. 2009
Size: 300ml
Tried this after being recommended in an outdoor shop.
The product was tried in a Hotpoint Aquarius at 30 degrees on a short cycle with short spin. The garment was a ten year old Berghaus Aquafoil cagoule which was soaking up rain. No beading and running off, just soaking in.
Washed as per instructions then hung out to dry on a washing line.
Once dry the cagoule felt no different but when it rained the water mostly beaded and ran off with hardly any soaking in. Not as good as a new Berghaus but impressive nonetheless. I will use the product again on this cagoule and on others in the family.
Recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. H. Osborne on 17 Nov. 2009
Size: 300ml Verified Purchase
Does exactly what it says. Throw your pre-washed coats in the washing machine, add the liquid, put on a cool wash, and hey presto your coats are re-proofed. No need for a tumble drier, just hang outside.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christer45 on 26 Jun. 2010
Size: 1lt
You cant find any better waterproofer.
Many uses it for their boat-cover down in the south of France
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Parpagga on 6 Jun. 2010
Size: 1lt
very good value in the 1 ltr size, allows you to proof 2 garments at once
and you get upto 10 wash in proofs per 1 ltr bottle
this does not wash the garment so you need to use another product to
wash the garment prior to proofing it
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