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Just the job for "tech" fabrics
on 2 April 2017
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.