Nikwax Down Wash Direct 300ml

Nikwax Down Wash Direct 300ml


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A thoroughly safe and effective environmentally friendly way of cleaning and adding water repellency to all your down insulated kit. Down clothing and equipment that is cleaned regularly performs better...FACT!


Season : NONDISC

Code : 6014626

Weight : 0KG

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Nikwax Down Wash Direct is a thoroughly safe, effective and environmentally friendly way of cleaning and re-proofing all of your natural down insulated clothing and equipment. Down items that are cleaned regularly with Nikwax Down Wash Direct perform better, FACT!

Clean down insulates better, breathes better, is lighter and performs longer.  Normal detergents leave behind a residue that attracts dirt leading to wetting out, loss of insulation and reduced water resistance. Modern Hydrophobic down, as used by Rab, must be cleaned with Nikwax Down Wash Direct to maintain its performance.

Its not just about performance, you wouldn't wear clothing that had not been washed for months, so why wear dirty clothes doing the activities you love? Think of washing and re-proofing your kit like servicing your car, you (hopefully) wouldn't expect your car to keep going forever without regular servicing, look after your kit and it will look after you.

  • Cleans all Down filled outdoor clothing safely
  • Maintains original and adds water repellency
  • Maintains breathability
  • Machine or hand wash
  • Unlike detergents it will not encourage wetting out
  • Can be used to remove detergents from incorrect washing procedures
  • Water based, environmentally friendly, non hazardous and bio-degradable
Technical Information

Machine washing:

Use neat Down Wash to treat stubborn stains before washing. Remove all non-washable parts. Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions (large items can be treated by hand). Do not use detergents.

  • Remove all detergent build up from the detergent dispenser.
  • Place item in washing machine (maximum 1 item).
  • Use 150 ml in medium/hard water areas and 100 ml in soft water areas.
  • Wash according to care label, preferably on a gentle cycle and slow spin.
  • After the washing cycle has finished run multiple spin cycles, each time incrementally increasing the spin speed, to remove excess water.

Hand washing:

Use gloves.

  • Immerse item in 6 litres of hand-hot water in sink, bowl or bath.
  • For clothing use 150 ml in medium/hard water areas and 100 ml in soft water areas.
  • For sleeping bags use 150 ml in 4 cm deep water in a bath.
  • Agitate to mix and leave to soak for 5 - 10 minutes, then agitate again
  • Rinse clothing in cold water until water runs clear.
  • For sleeping bags repeat process, drain and gently press the bag to expel water


  • Spin dry three times on a slow spin.
  • If care label allows tumble dry according to manufacturers instructions on a low setting.
  • Repeatedly remove item from dryer to break up clumps of wet down.
  • Hang item in a warm dry place (airing cupboard) for 24 hours.
  • If care label allows tumble dry according to manufacturers instructions on a low setting for about 30 minutes.
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