/ Washing Down jackets with Nikwax

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tom f 23 Feb 2018

Hi guys

Got a Rab Microlite Alpine jacket that could do with a freshen up.  I've got a bottle of Nkwax down ash direct and a bottle of down proof.  Question is how exactly do I use them?  The outer and inner of the jacket are a bit dirty and the outer has lost most of its water repellency.  Can both of these be used in the same wash or do I wash with one then dry and then wash with the other?

Any advice would be great.

99ster 23 Feb 2018
In reply to tom f:

This video from Arcteryx is worth checking out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU0iS40oOzQ

Becky E 23 Feb 2018
In reply to tom f:

Run the washing machine empty and clean any powder out of the drawer (pull the drawer out of the slot to clean the slot out).

Then wash with Down Wash.

Then wash again with Down Proof.

I think these instructions are on the bottles?

ali_colquhoun 24 Feb 2018
In reply to tom f:

The main thing is drying it properly and reasonably quickly. I think people say put it in a tumble dryer with tennis balls but I don't have either a tumble dryer or tennis balls so I just put mine on the radiator and periodically pulled apart clumps and generally beat it about a bit. Worked fine and I have done it twice now with great results. 

tom f 26 Feb 2018
In reply to tom f:

Thanks.  Wasn't sure if it needed to be completely dry before the second wash or if it could be washed immediately with the second treatment.


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