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    Mini Goon
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    Although you don't need to heat-treat post applying Nikwax, if you do you will improve the durability of the DWR (ie. make it last longer)

    If you use a regular washing machine to apply water-proofing treatments, make sure you do a service wash in it first (no contents/ no detergent/ maximum temperature/ 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar). Doing this to your machine every 25 washes will make the machine last longer & improve the effectiveness of your low temperature washing...

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    Hang on...

    Item 3 is actually:

    3. Normal household detergent can reduce my jacket's effectiveness - TRUE

    But it links from:

    3. Normal household detergent will ruin my garment - TRUE

    Those two are not remotely the same, and the headline version from the list "will ruin my garment" is irresponsible bollocks of a high order.

    Colour me not at all impressed.

    Pete.

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    A couple of dishwasher tablets on the highest temp wash works well too. Especially if your machine instructions state do not use acidic descalers.

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    They forgot 'Use our products all the time so we can make more money'.

    I use normal household detergent nearly all the time and every second or third wash I use a pure soap wash afterwards and re-proof.
    That's for waterproofs,
    Everything else just gets washed in normal detergent all the time.

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    If Nikwax actually worked you would'nt need to keep applying it!!!
    Nikwax is incredibly expensive----True.( just look at what you are paying per lit.)

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    If Nikwax actually worked you would'nt need to keep applying it!!!

    Not entirely fair, you might say the same about e.g. Persil or Head and Shoulders, but cleaning products (which are part of the discussion/propaganda there) are reactive more than preventative.

    Nikwax is incredibly expensive----True.( just look at what you are paying per lit.)



    Nikwax is a company making a whole range of products, but I think it's fair to suggest none of them will be making an appearance in Poundland any time soon. I long since abandoned Tech Wash for a more generic liquid soap. Liquid soap doesn't strike me as the chemistry equivalent of Rocket Science, but that's the power of a brand name for you.

    Pete.

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