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Nikwax Tech Wash Non-Detergent Technical Cleaner

4.6 out of 5 stars 364 customer reviews
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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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  • ASIN: B000Q6CKWO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 May 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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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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Size: 1 Litre Verified Purchase
I have a couple of motorcycling touring suits which feature "breathable" liners

These don't take kindly to being washed with ordinary detergent - all the waterproofing properties disappear and there's nothing worse than a leaky suit.

The NiWax products are remarkably easy to use as long as you follow the instructions;

Clean out all the detergent and fabric conditioners from your automatic washing machine with hot water

Do a quick wash with 20 or 30mL of tech wash to remove residue from machine insides

Wash your equipment - in my case, because my suit is "multi-layer" I treated each layer as a separate garment, and don't be mean with the wash or proffer solution

Use "delicate" cycle and try not to spin too much

Dry on washing line if you can - I don't suppose a tumble drier would do a great deal of good

For best results, try not to get your geat too grubby, as the ingrained road-film and dirt don't take on the waterproofing solution too well.

For especially soiled parts, I usually dilute 1:1 Tech-Wash and apply with a clean washing-up brush and leave for half an hour before doing the "proper" wash

Be realistic in your expectations, I use my suit three or four days a week, every week, for commuting, and only need to wash it every ten months or so, after four years they are generally done and the fabric no longer "beads" water, at that point it's probably worn out and no amount of re-proofing will make much of a difference.
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Size: 1lt Verified Purchase
I am a regular walker in all weathers and conditions which can be hard on my clothes. I always wash my wet weather gear in Nikwax Techwash and reproof it when necessary with another Nikwax product. I have found them very effective in cleaning and waterproofing so decided to go for the larger size.

This order arrived in good time and was, I feel, very good value for money. I will definitely be using this company in future.
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Size: 5lt Verified Purchase
Why does Nikwax has to be so expensive? It works great though. 5 stars based on how good it is.
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Size: 5lt Verified Purchase
Excellent value bulk buy.
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Size: 1 Litre Verified Purchase
Big bottle so will last for long time.
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Size: 1lt Verified Purchase
Extends the like of your waterproofs !!
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Easy to use with excellent cleaning results. Having fallen in the mud last week whilst out walking the dog this was an essential clean up project! Coat now spotless again!
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