High performance kit for effectively cleaning, waterproofing, and revitalising down clothing and gear.
Do you have concerns about washing and proofing your down jacket? Are you worried that it will come out of your washing machine flat and deflated? Down gear can be expensive and needs specialist care to keep it performing at its best.
Nikwax has the solution, our newly released Down Care Kit for cleaning and waterproofing down clothing, and if you follow the steps your jacket will be back to its normal puffy self in no time, ready to keep you warm and dry on your adventures. Caring for your down gear with Nikwax extends the life of your down gear saving money and reducing waste.
Why you need the Nikwax Down Care Kit
Down filled jackets and sleeping bags are great at keeping you warm. The structure of down traps air between its filaments and warmed by body heat provides insulation.
Like all clothing, down items do need cleaning as dirt and body oils build up, affecting the water repellency and insulating properties. Dirt attracts water; and if the fabric absorbs water, it can easily transfer into the down, making it clump together. When down gets wet it loses all of its insulating properties, because water conducts heat away from the body up to 25 times faster than air. It will also gain weight and its breathability will be significantly reduced, leaving you feeling cold, wet, and uncomfortable.
Cleaning your down items in a washing machine with conventional laundry detergent will leave behind a residue which masks water repellency, causing water to be absorbed and a loss of warmth. Nikwax Down Wash.Direct® is a specialist cleaner designed to revitalise the water repellency and insulating properties of hydrophobic and regular down filled gear.
After your down gear has been thoroughly used you will need to add Durable Water Repellency (DWR). Nikwax Down Proof; which is a wash-in waterproofer, specifically designed to protect the insulating properties of down-filled gear from wet and damp conditions by adding extra water repellency. Nikwax Down Proof will add DWR to the outer fabric of the gear and also the down fill.
If you're down gear isn't restored by using just Down Wash.Direct it's time to use downproof. With average use of your down jacket we recommend you use Down Proof every 5-10 washes.
Nikwax Down Care Kit contains a generous 1L bottle of Down Wash.Direct and 300ml of Down Proof with a handy 10L dry-bag.