/ Washing waterproofs
When washing/re-proofing your waterproofs the instructions for Nikwax Tech Wash say:
What are people's recommendations for doing this? Is removing the drawer and giving it a good rinse/scrub enough?
What about detergent which might be present inside the guts of the machine?
Would giving it a run through with vinegar as described here be a good idea before washing with Nikwax?
I clean the drawer out and then run the machine through a cycle with nothing in it. Never bothered with the vinagar.
> Would giving it a run through with vinegar as described here be a good idea before washing with Nikwax?
Just got a reply from Nicola Link at Nikwax to a website query:
... and then ... in response to a follow-up as to whether the vinegar would affect the Nikwax:
Swift support from these guys.
As a rule of thumb, don't.
Just don't wash the jacket, unless you absolutely have to.
I normally give the drawer a good scub to get rid of fabric softener - I use the liquid in balls in the drum.
Then I wash a couple of loads of towels with no detergent/softener to flush the machine before the waterproof stuff goes in.
Never heard of using vinegar before.
You are all talking about white vinegar, and not malt?
Just in case anyone reading this thread gets the wring idea ;)
DWR is actually pretty robust, washing will only very very slightly damage it. Definatly not enough to effect the beading up.
Gore tex and similar membranes, need a clean for the breathing properties to work well.
Seriously don't worry to much about it. Just wash with a nikwax or equivilant soap. Tumble drying or ironing also helps reactivate the DWR.
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