Nikwax Down Wash Direct 300ml

Nikwax, the global leader in outdoor aftercare, is excited to introduce Down Wash Direct®, the first aftercare product specifically designed to clean and maximise the performance of both regular untreated down and treated hydrophobic down. Down is a highly effective insulator, but quickly loses its insulation powers when saturated with water. Water-resistant down fills, such as Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD)...

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Nikwax, the global leader in outdoor aftercare, is excited to introduce Down Wash Direct®, the first aftercare product specifically designed to clean and maximise the performance of both regular untreated down and treated hydrophobic down.

Down is a highly effective insulator, but quickly loses its insulation powers when saturated with water. Water-resistant down fills, such as Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD) technology, address this issue. Nikwax has developed the innovative Down Wash Direct to serve the expanding offering of treated, water-resistant down products.

With repeated use, dirt, oil, and other contaminants diminish the water-repellency of treated down and so to restore performance it requires special care. Down Wash Direct ensures optimal results by cleaning effectively, revitalising insulation, and restoring the water-repellency of hydrophobic down clothing and sleeping bags.

It also improves the water-repellency of regular down, with tests revealing untreated down absorbs almost 40 times less water after just one wash in Down Wash Direct. Additionally, it ensures the water-repellency of the down item’s outer fabric is maintained or even improved.

Like all Nikwax products, Down Wash Direct is PFC-free and water-based for the lowest environmental impact. In addition, Nikwax only works with down processors that are committed to ethical sourcing.

  • Easy to apply in a washing machine or by hand
  • WaterBased, fluorocarbon-free & environmentally responsible
  • Prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance
  • Down Wash: Revitalises loft and insulation, without damaging the structure of the down
  • Maintains breathability and original water-repellency

Down Wash:

You can use Down Wash in a washing machine.

  • Remove all detergent build-up from the detergent dispenser.
  • Place item in washing machine (maximum 1 item).
  • Use 150ml in medium/hard water* areas and 100ml in soft water areas.
  • Wash according to care label, preferably on low setting and slow spin.
  • Run at least one additional fast spin cycle after the washing cycle is complete.

Very large items may be washed by hand.

  • Use gloves. Immerse item(s) in hand-hot water in bowl or bathtub. For clothing use 150ml in medium/ hard water* areas and 100ml in soft water areas for 1-2 items.
  • For sleeping bags use 150ml in 4cm deep water in a bathtub.
  • Agitate to mix, leave to soak for 5-10 minutes, then agitate thoroughly.
  • Rinse clothing in cold water until water runs clear. For sleeping bags repeat process, drain and gently press bag to expel excess water.
  • Sleeping bags can be transferred to a washing machine and spun slow twice, before a third or fourth fast spin.

Drying of Down items should ideally be finish in a tumble drier

  • Spin dry 3 times (slow spin).
  • If care label allows tumble dry according to manufacturer's instructions on a low setting until 'clumps' have disappeared. Shaking and patting the item regularly during drying process will help restore loft to the down. Never pack up a down item until it has been aired for at least a day after drying in a warm and dry space.

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