How to clean and maintain outdoor clothes to make them last even longer?

Anyone who starts their adventure with Scandinavian children's clothing is impressed with how long these clothes last. However, this is only the beginning, because with the use of appropriate means and methods of impregnation, it is possible to extend the life of such clothes by several years. We suggest how to do it.


Can more expensive outdoor clothes be washed with a normal washing powder?

You have to take care of good things. Grandma's lace, but also modern outdoor jackets of specialist Scandinavian brands - they can be washed in ordinary powder, but in this way you can destroy them or shorten their life. That is why we recommend taking care of your clothes so that they look good for many years. That's why there is a category in the store with specialist Nikwax products, such as: laundry detergent, laundry detergent for down garments, garment impregnation agent, impregnation agent for down garments, fabric impregnation and shoes.

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The following is a quick guide to these waterproofing products, along with tips on how to use them.

Clothes waterproof longer

Did you know that specialized, waterproof clothes are treated with an impregnation that wears off over time? In the past, for example, linseed oil was used to impregnate Swedish fishing clothes. Rubbing the stormcloth with oil was repeated every few years. It's exactly the same with modern outdoor clothes that are treated with a water-repellent


In the video below, you will see how clothes washed in a suitable agent "behave" in contact with water, and how clothes that were washed with ordinary powder:

The powder removes stains, but along with them it affects the waterproof coating and makes the clothes more absorbent. Therefore, it is worth using special agents for washing waterproof clothing.

How to wash a down jacket?

Washing a down jacket is a separate topic. There can be two reasons for the problems here. The first is the properties of the jacket itself. Poor quality feathers have a particular tendency to clump into balls - hence, after careless washing, many people have the impression that their jacket is much thinner than before.

The second problem is the way of washing the down jacket itself. A strong detergent not intended for washing feathers combined with high temperature is a recipe for destroying a down jacket (unfortunately sometimes irreversibly).

Below is the instruction manual for the detergent for washing down clothes , which you can find in our store:


After washing, it is also important to dry it in a tumble dryer or after hanging it up by breaking down the feathers with your hands. Fortunately, winter jackets with down very rarely need washing :)

Impregnation of rainwear

To waterproof your rainwear: don't use regular powder or fabric softener - the garment will absorb water after washing, treat your garment regularly with a specialist waterproofing agent, if you want to wash your jacket or overalls, add Nikwax Laundry Liquid .


Washing and impregnation of shoes

You can impregnate trekking shoes in exactly the same way. It will be easiest for you with shoes of good brands - along with them you will receive instructions on how to care for them. Shoes from random manufacturers can be unpleasantly surprised and simply completely destroyed even during gentle cleaning. Decent shoes will benefit from impregnation. You can "improve" shoes made of both fabric and leather. If they are dirty, clean them gently with a sponge with shoe cleaning gel.After rinsing, apply a spray repellent and let dry. This will keep them waterproof for longer.

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