Nikwax Tech Wash is a great option for bringing wet weather gear back to life, although if there is a smell attached you may need to wash it with something else beforehand.
- Pros: Easy to use, works, great value
- Cons: Doesn't remove musty 'old' smell
If you're anything like me, you'll have kit that gets stuck at the back of the wardrobe or left in a box in the loft for months or even years. Nikwax Tech Wash can bring these back to life, getting rid of last year's dirt and grime and bringing everything back up to scratch.
For this review I found a jacket I hadn't used in a couple of years that was sitting at the back of my wardrobe. It had several dirty patches on it and it kind of smelt a bit, which is why I'd stopped using it in the first place... I hoped the Tech Wash would bring it back to life.
So, after putting the jacket in the washing machine, I just needed to add a couple of caps of the Nikwax liquid to the detergent drawer and set it to a 30-degree wash. It is a really easy process – no different to what you would do with a regular wash, just using Tech Wash instead of your usual detergent.
After the wash I brought the jacket out and dried it, and the results were pretty good. The marks were gone and it seems considerably more waterproof than before. The only thing it fell short of, although it made a dent, was getting rid of the musty smell that it had from sitting in my wardrobe for two years. It isn't marketed as being able to, but it's worth noting that if you're trying to get rid of smells it's worth treating clothes for that before you use this.
Aside from that it was a success: the jacket was clean and it soaked up considerably less water than before when using it in the wet.
With an RRP of £5 for a 300ml bottle, that equates to around 83p per wash, which is really good value when bringing a garment back to a usable state. The jacket I tested it on, for instance, was worth a couple of hundred pounds, but because of the state it was in I'd stopped using it. Now it's back to its original quality (after another wash to get rid of the musty smell): for 83p that makes Tech Wash an absolute bargain.
Puts in a strong performance, cleaning and revitalising wet weather gear, and bringing old garments back to life
road.cc test report
Make and model: Nikwax Tech Wash
Size tested: 300ml
Tell us what the product is for
A treatment that cleans wet weather clothes and brings back a degree of water repellency.
Nikwax says: "Nikwax Tech Wash® is the market leader; it has been specifically designed and optimised for breathable waterproof fabrics.
"Nikwax Tech Wash® is a highly effective cleaner. Additionally it will revitalise existing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and revive breathability. It is the safe way to thoroughly clean your waterproof clothing and equipment.
"Application in a washing machine is quick, easy, and ensures that the whole garment is thoroughly cleaned."
Performed very well, cleaned my jacket nicely and added water repellency, but could do a better job of removing smells...
At 83p per garment it's a pretty good price, especially if the alternative is having to buy a replacement.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well; it cleaned my jacket nicely and got rid of all the dirt that had built up.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
How easy it is to use, nothing different to doing regular laundry.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Would be good if it could do a bit more to combat smells too.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's an easy-to-use product that brings previously worn and unloved pieces of wet weather gear back to life. It does exactly what it sets out to, but I'd like it more if it could also remove smells.
About the tester
I usually ride: Mercian King of Mercia or Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.