A little digging revealed that serious campers and hikers have been using Nikwax for years to clean and waterproof essential clothing and gear. And while inventor Nick Brown (shown with his 1st patent on the left) has come a long way from the days of hand-mixing his first batch in his North London flat, the entire Nikwax line has only gotten greener and better: Every Nikwax product is water-based, nontoxic, carbon-balanced, and easy to apply in the comfort of your own home.
The wash-in waterproofer is called TX.Direct, and it’s the first of its kind to be completely water-based. You can use it on waterproof/breathable laminates, coatings, and microfibers. For cleaning and protecting an existing waterproof finish, there’s Tech Wash. It will double the life of your Nikwax treatment, and can be used on already-waterproofed items (like Gore-Tex) as well. CottonProof is ideal for making pet bed covers (thanks, Julia!) and workwear water-repellent. Use the Footwear Cleaning and Leather Proofing duo for leather shoes; it won’t soften or weaken them, and your feet will stay dry. Whichever products you choose, we see greater dryness and comfort in your future.