Cotton is a natural fibre; as such, it is renewable, biodegradable and can be produced organically. It is highly versatile and can be used to produce many fabrics, each with different properties. Additionally, cotton can be blended with synthetic fibres, such as polyester, to combine the desirable properties of both materials.
Cotton fabrics are breathable, absorbent and strong. They are used in the manufacture of clothing and outdoor equipment, but are not inherently water repellent.
Cotton is highly absorbent and retains water, so it takes a long time to dry once wet. Therefore, it is important to ensure that cotton outer garments and equipment don’t absorb water, as this will cause them to increase in weight and will impair their breathability.
To prevent cotton fabrics from absorbing water Durable Water Repellency (DWR) can be added by applying Nikwax Cotton Proof™.
Nikwax Cotton Proof™ is a must have for people who enjoy outdoor pursuits. Whether you have a fisherman's smock, a cotton or polycotton jacket or a canvas tent, it will provide Durable Water Repellency (DWR) to prevent water absorption and weight gain.
Your cotton items could be soaking up water just because they are dirty. First, try cleaning them with Nikwax Tech Wash®, and if they are fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalised just from cleaning. But once items have been thoroughly used, you will need to add DWR using Nikwax Cotton Proof™, after cleaning first with Nikwax Tech Wash®.
Alternative waterproofing products are often solvent-based aerosols; alternatively, they may be water-based and use fluorocarbons. Aerosol products are flammable. Fluorocarbons pose a potential risk to the environment and to the long-term health of the consumer.
Nikwax Cotton Proof™ is a safe product to use on cotton outerwear and equipment. It is WaterBased, non-flammable, contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is fluorocarbon free.
Additionally, some alternative products are designed for application to multiple fabric types, so are not cotton specific. They are often surface treatments which create a physical barrier to keep water out, but will also impair breathability.
Nikwax Cotton Proof™ has been specifically designed and optimised for cotton, polycotton and canvas, providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) whilst maintaining breathability. Nikwax Cotton Proof™ requires no heat to develop its DWR, so it is not necessary to use a tumble drier for best results.
Nikwax Cotton Proof™ has been specifically designed and optimised for cotton, polycotton and canvas, to provide Durable Water Repellency (DWR) whilst maintaining breathability.
If your item is made of waxed cotton make sure you use Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof™ for best results.
Instrucions for Use:
For best results always clean item(s) first with Nikwax Tech Wash® in a separate wash cycle. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing. Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions.
Remove all detergent build-up from the detergent dispenser.
Place clean items(s) in washing machine (maximum 3 items).
Use 50ml for 1 item, 100ml for 2 items and 150ml for 3 items.
Wash according to care label.
Air dry or tumble dry on a low setting if care label allows.
To maintain waterproofing always wash with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Do not use detergents.