Nikwax Tech Wash Fabric Care 300ml (10 fl oz)


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The effectiveness of any fabric's DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish is maximized by proper cleaning. Tech Wash is a non-detergent, biodegradable cleaner that protects the water-repellent finish on fabrics by removing water-attracting dirt, contaminants and detergent residues. When you wash garments in Tech Wash, NIKWAX waterproofing treatments last twice as long as they will when you wash with detergent soap. The highly effective cleaning agents in Tech Wash and its ability to rinse residue-free improve the performance of virtually anything made of fabric, fleece or synthetic insulation.


  • Prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance
  • Maintains breathability
  • Maintains original water-repellency
  • Easy to apply - can be used in a washing machine
  • Suitable for use on all fabrics, including technical textiles
  • Lifts out dirt that can attract water and mask water repellent finishes
  • Unlike detergents, it does not leave behind water attractive residues which encourage ‘wetting-out’
  • Removes detergent residues left behind by previous washes
  • WaterBased - environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non flammable, non hazardous
  • Does not contain fluorocarbons
  • Guaranteed performance for 4 years from manufacture
  • 10oz

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

23 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 8
  • Performance: 5
  • Great value: 3
  • Build quality: 1

  • Cost: 1
  • none: 1
Quality: 4.9 / 5

23 Ratings & Reviews

Quality: 5 / 5
from Colorado ski country
55-64 yrs

Got dirty ski gear?
March 09, 2011

THIS is THE BEST product for cleaning it up while preserving the waterproof qualities of parkas, pants, and mitts. We just bout 5 bolltles at a very good price.

Pros: gets the job done, Cons: none
from Boston, MA
45-54 yrs

Great product
February 02, 2011

I use this on my shells and fleeces. It does a great job getting any dirt out. It also does a nice job renewing the the waterproof properties of my rain gear.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use
Quality: 5 / 5
from Allentown, PA
25-34 yrs

Trusty Stand-by
February 12, 2012

Tech wash seems like something I should always have in my laundry room. My partner's rain coat was acting more like a sponge after 12 years of heavy use. After a Tech Wash wash and some time in the dryer the finish has been restored (although not to original condition - I didn't expect that, the coat has been through a lot!). I also threw in a vest with repellent finish and it feels like new. Love seeing the water bead up once again. One small bottle is also enough for multiple jobs (loads in the wash).

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Quality: 5 / 5

Great product
February 14, 2011

This product does an excellent job of cleaning my technical gear, such as ski shells and ski pants. I also use Nikwax Down Wash for my down gear, and that works well, too.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value

works excellent
October 27, 2009

Used it on my wife and my snowboard coat, haven't been in the snow yet, but have been in the rain and the water beaded up nicely and wiped right off with my hand to leave a nice dry coat. I am very happy so far.

works as advertised
January 18, 2010

Purchased the tech wash with the softshell proof wash. Both worked as advertised. No complaints.Was concerned that the tech wash would be to lite to get out some grease stains on my $249 softshell. With one was it was like new. Completely satisfied.


Does a fantastic job!!
June 21, 2005

I bought this to keep my tech clothing in good shape. So far so good. It cleans better than regular laundry detergent and the fabrics come out looking like new. There has been no deterioration in the DWR properties of my shell, fleece jacket and Nimbus Sombrero. My only complaint, if it can be considered one, is the amount the manufacturer recommends using for the loads of laundry. I've cut back on the amount with no visible/appreciable difference in the cleanliness of the clothes.

Fantastic product!
January 17, 2010

This is the only product I use to wash my ski jackets. Absolutely recommended for any kind of performance gear.

Worked well
March 31, 2010

I rec'd the Nikwax right before a huge New England rainstorm...and was able to wash both my older jacket & rainpants. The Nikwax definitely improved the waterproofing of both articles of clothing. In a torrential downpour, some rain still managed to soak through the jacket, though. Overall, I am very happy with the product.


Great Product
July 20, 2010

If you want your water proof jackets to be like new this is the product to buy. I use it along with the Nikwax water proofing product and all my jacket shed water like they were brand new.

Quality: 5 / 5

December 16, 2010

Had a great experience washing all of my snowboarding garments with this soap. It got most of the dirt out of my jacket and made everything smell good again. I'd definitely suggest as an alternative to powdered detergents. The only thing I did differently from the instructions on the container was use much less than suggested. They say to use 3-4 ounces for every two garments you wash, and I ended up stretching that to 1-2 ounces per two garments. Might want to order a larger container if you have more than two peoples worth of gear to clean.

Pros: Ease of use
from Indiana
45-54 yrs

Bring back the color to your ski gear
June 24, 2011

I am a city letter carrier in the Midwest and I was having problems with the color and water resistance of my rain gear set. I used Nikwax Tech Wash Fabric Care and Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-in Fabric Care and the results were much better than expected. It not only brought the color back, brighter and darker, but the rain gear was more water resistant than it had been in years!! Believe me it gets much use in the rain and cold and the Nikwax products worked great. I also am a skier and it is used on all my ski gear.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Quality: 5 / 5

Nikwax Tech Wash Fabric Care
November 29, 2010

I have used this product on my technical shells with great satisfaction. It is a water based product which does not leave residue. I had an old Gore-Tex jacket, which when washed with this product, had its waterproofing renewed.

from Boulder, CO
35-44 yrs

Works! No stink and repels water!
April 12, 2013

I am so happy to have found this product. It gets the stink out of all my synthetic workout clothing and outdoor gear, and has kept all of my DWR protected fabric, from down jackets to hard shells, in tip top, water repellent shape. I would not use any other detergent on my DWR outerwear...because these items are so expensive to begin with I feel I must make them last as long as possible and Tech Wash enables me to do just that.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use

nice product
June 08, 2010

Did a great job on a filthy jacket!

works as advertise
March 24, 2010

Seems to work as advertised, tested it on a 8 year old Gore-Tex jacket I got in the military. It put some life back it the jacket. Worked well enough I will use it on my newer technical Gore-Tex jacket without worry.

Good product
July 11, 2009

Works like it should.

Always works great
March 12, 2010

I buy only expensive, high quality ski gear. I only use Tech Wash and have never been disappointed with the results.

Quality: 4 / 5

25-34 yrs

May 30, 2011

After using the Tech Wash, I followed up with using the Nikwax TX Direct 2.0 Washin. The results were great on my gortex ski jacket! Clean, no residue and it looks and repels water like it's new.

Excellent Product
October 27, 2009

I used this product to clean my boat canvas. I worked extremely well. The canvas had not been washed since spring and was very soiled.

Quality: 5 / 5

Works as described
November 07, 2011

This stuff does exactly what its supposed to...cleans. It's great because it does not break down the existing waterproofing yet get the stuff squeaky clean. Although, if you are looking to put some serious life back into your jacket, or whatever, I would follow up with the TX.Direct Wash-In or something of that sort.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
55-64 yrs

Tech Wash Fabric Care
October 12, 2010

The only way to clean your drytop befrore applying new waterproofing. Great product. Works!

Pros: Ease of use

Good product
December 18, 2009

The jacket I used this product on had started to allow some water in during rainy hikes.Used the same jacket today after tech wash for a 4 mile run in the rain with very good results.

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