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Nikwax Tech Wash Non-Detergent Technical Cleaner

by Nikwax
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  • Prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance
  • Maintains breathability
  • Maintains original water-repellency
  • Easy to apply in a washing machine or by hand
  • Suitable for use on all fabrics, including technical textiles
  • Lifts out dirt that can attract water and mask water repellent finishes


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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • ASIN: B000Q6CKWO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 May 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Product Description

Tech Wash is a wash-in cleaner for waterproof clothing and equipment. Tech Wash safely revitalises breathability and water repellency.

Tech Wash is a non-detergent soap that can be used regularly to clean clothing and equipment without damaging the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coatings. Use Tech Wash instead of detergents or washing powder.

Why breathability depends upon water repellency...

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. Nikwax Tech Wash® will revitalise the DWR and therefore breathability of your garment.

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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 Tech Wash® will revitalise the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) preventing water absorption, maintaining breathability and 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 Tech Wash® when your waterproof clothing and equipment soaks up water...

Your waterproof clothing and equipment could be soaking up water because the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) has been compromised by dirt, or because it has been cleaned with a conventional laundry detergent. Dirt attracts water and household detergents leave water attracting (hydrophilic) residues, leading to fabric 'wetting out' in wet or damp conditions.

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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Make sure you clean with the right product...

Conventional laundry detergents leave behind a water attractive (hydrophilic) residue which masks the Durable Water Repellency (DWR), causing fabrics to absorb water and 'wet out' in damp or wet conditions. Therefore, they need to be avoided when cleaning waterproof clothing and equipment.

Products that claim to clean and waterproof at the same time are generally not very effective cleaners and may seal in dirt.

Use Nikwax Tech Wash® to thoroughly clean your waterproof clothing and equipment safely, revitalise DWR and breathability.

You don't need to re-waterproof every time you clean...

Regular cleaning will enhance the performance of your gear. With regular cleaning, you should be able to clean your gear 5-6 times with Nikwax Tech Wash before it requires re-waterproofing. When Nikwax Tech Wash® alone does not revitalise the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) of your gear (e.g. water does not bead on the fabric surface) it's time to re-waterproof using the appropriate Nikwax waterproofer.

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How Nikwax Tech Wash® maintains your gear...

Nikwax Tech Wash is the market leader; it has been specifically designed and optimised for breathable waterproof fabrics. Nikwax Tech Wash is a highly effective cleaner. Additionally it will revitalise existing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and revive breathability. It is the safe way to thoroughly clean your waterproof clothing and equipment. Application in a washing machine is quick, easy, and ensures that the whole garment is thoroughly cleaned.

Like all Nikwax products, Tech Wash® is safe to use...

Nikwax takes great care to minimise the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. Nikwax avoids materials in its cleaners like palm oil, which may be sourced for unsustainable plantations. Nikwax Tech Wash® is environmentally friendly; it is non-hazardous, WaterBased and biodegradable.

People who use Nikwax Tech Wash® say that it does the job...

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

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Use Nikwax Tech Wash® Wash-In in a washing machine...

Use neat Tech Wash® and a sponge, or soft nylon brush, to treat stubborn stains before washing. Remove all non-washable parts. Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Do not use detergents.

    - Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser.
    - Place maximum of 2 items in washing machine.
    - Use 150ml in medium/hard water* areas and 100ml in soft water areas for 1-2 items.
    - Wash according to care label.

*If your kettle furs up you have hard water. For extreme hard water use 200ml.

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Nikwax Tech Wash® Wash-In can also be applied by hand...

Use gloves.

    1. Immerse item(s) in 6L of hand-hot water in a bowl or sink.
    2. Use 150ml in medium/hard water* areas and 100ml in soft water areas for 1-2 items.
    3. Rinse 3 times in clean water.

*If your kettle furs up you have hard water. For extreme hard water use 200ml.

Nikwax Tech Wash® treated clothing doesn't need to be dried before you re-waterproof...

If the item doesn't require re-waterproofing, air dry or tumble dry on a low setting if care label allows.

If you intend to re-waterproof the washed item there is no need to dry it first. Use Nikwax TX.Direct® for breathable clothing, Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® for equipment, or Nikwax Cotton Proof™ for cotton, polycotton and canvas.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Davy Jones on 18 Mar 2011
Colour Name: GreenSize Name: 5lt Verified Purchase
I tried a small bottle first to clean an old comfortable walking jacket and it worked so well that I bought another 5 litres. I now use it on a regular basis to clean and re proof all my walking, ski and motorcycle gear and I can't speak highly enough about the results. I read the features section for the product and was a little cynical at first, but the proof of the pudding as they say is in the eating. No excuse now for dirty kit, the product does what it says on the plastic container.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bren on 12 Nov 2011
Colour Name: GreenSize Name: 1lt Verified Purchase
I have used this product for years and was happy to find large sizes which make it even better value for money,
Recently I looked after my sons dog for a week.I work my waterproof jacket every day. It has been regularly washed in nikwax. I was dry every day when I came home,apart from the Tuesday,when we were out for an hour and the rain went from rain to downpour very fast. The heavy rain initially ran off my waterpfoof layer [due to the waterproofing,it then ran onto me legs. Then into my shoes.I was drenched,the dog was too.
When we got home the water was just starting to get through at throug to the fleece. I dries the coat,it took a while,have since washed and reproofed it. Well happy.This is not a top of the range jacket,it cost about £60 3 years ago.
It is essential that you follow the instructions
checl the washing instructions in the coat and make sure that you wash at the right temperature.
You need to remove all trace of detergent from the washing powder dispenser .Before I wash the coat, I always take the dispenser out and leave it in hot water in the sink for ten minutes to soak then rinse under running water and wipe with a cloth [dont forget to check the bottom of the dispenser]. I have always been happy with the results I get,using this product
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Nutter on 20 Jun 2012
Colour Name: GreenSize Name: 1lt Verified Purchase
I have used this product many times before to clean my biking kit before re-waterproofing and it is excellent. The only critisism is that it doesn't remove ALL of the dirt, especially on very light coloured areas. (then again some well known detergents struggle too). It does tell you to remove all traces of detergent from the soap tray of the washing machine. This is because detergent stops the TX Direct spray on from re-proofing your clothing. I do this by putting the machine on an empty hot wash. I was shocked by how many bubbles were in this empty wash, which would have got into my bike kit if I hadn't have done it. I sprayed with the proofing liquid after washing in this product and the result was a jacket and trouser combo that beaded water like a freshly waxed car. Very happy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By olipop on 3 Sep 2011
Colour Name: GreenSize Name: 1lt
bought this for my son's waterproof school coat. Trusted brand did the job and loads left over as it is a big bottle. Great value. Easy to use in the machine instead of washing tablets. Doesn't leave a soap powder residue on fabric. Ideal for any colour of fabric.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookwormsu on 30 Oct 2011
Nikwax Tech Wash Waterproofing

I used this to do my two brown winter jackets and put them by for next winter (now upon us). They semed clean. But I noticed the difference when I did my stone coloured summer jacket because the colour shows the dirt. What was a grubby jacket came up looking new. So I am very pleased. I washed on wool cycle to be safe, and dried naturally. Very good product and out of one small bottle I have done three jackets and more left. I dont know yet if its waterproof.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Harper on 21 Jan 2011
Colour Name: GreenSize Name: 1lt Verified Purchase
If you've spent a lot of money on a decent jacket, you really should have this stuff as well. It will wash the dirt off your coat without destroying the proofing (although it will still need re-treatment from time to time with Nikwax Tx. Direct Wash In Wash In Waterproofer).

Most places only sell the small bottles - Amazon's price for the large bottles makes it a lot easier on the wallet, especially if you've a few waterproofs in the house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 6 July 2010
Colour Name: NeutralSize Name: 300ml
Speedy delivery and the product worked extremely well. Followed instructions and pre-treated a stain with neat Nikwax. Product was very soapy during the wash but all traces rinsed away during the washing machine's cycle. A very good product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Murray on 20 Dec 2009
Colour Name: GreenSize Name: 1lt
A more expensive product as you've you've to buy the TX Direct Wash-In to go with it at the same time to re water proof your coats. Never had no probs with the product with any make of water proof coat although it's a Nik wax product and I recommend it.
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