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Getting more out of this great product
on 27 March 2013
This stuff is about as good as it gets in the re-proofing market, but what Nikwax won't tell you is that you don't have to throw away the stuff after you've reproofed garments in it. Use the bucket method and you can keep the stuff in a container for next time.
Here's what I do:
1) Wash one or two garments in Nikwax Tech Wash as per their washing instructions.
2) Pour 300ml of TX Direct into a clean bucket and add a couple of litres of warm water.
3) Take the garments out of the washing machine into a laundry basket.
4) Immerse one garment in the bucket. Use gloves if you don't want to waterproof your hands. Add a bit more water if you need to. Mix around like you're gently hand-washing the garment. It will be difficult to get all the air pockets out of the garment, so it will tend to float a bit and not be fully immersed in the solution, so leave for five minutes, turn it over and over a few times and then leave for another five minutes or so.
5) Transfer the first garment back into the washing machine. Best to put the bucket in front of the machine if you don't want a shiny waterproof floor where it splashes.
6) Repeat steps 4-5 for the second garment if there is one.
7) Rinse and spin (gently) in the washing machine.
8) Drip dry or tumble dry if the care instructions allow.
9) Keep the remaining solution from the bucket for next time. You might need to add a little more TX Direct and/or water, but the same solution will re-proof many more garments.
If you'd used the washing machine, all that lovely TX Direct would be going straight down your drain!