WHAT IS NIKWAX?
NIKWAX COTTON PROOF is the perfect care for our natural tents!
The impregnation is refreshed by NIKWAX and takes care of all natural substances. NIKWAX care products are environmentally friendly and safe to use. You can purchase NIKWAX COTTON PROOF directly from us. One liter is sufficient for an area of approx. 60m².
NIKWAX products are 100% water-based, non-flammable and without propellants or fluorocarbons!
1/2013 Greenpeace: Call for a ban on impregnating agents based on fluorocarbons (PFC)
Greenpeace published a report calling for a ban on all PFC chemicals in the outdoor industry. NIKWAX Nursing products have never included PFC, because NIKWAX shares Greenpeace's concern that these chemicals pose a risk to human health and the environment!
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HOW DO I IMPREGNATE WITH NIKWAX?
Treatment with NIKWAX is recommended for intensive, year-round use and, depending on the condition of the material, after two years at the latest. If you want to dismantle the tent in autumn or if it is very dirty, it is advisable to clean the tent beforehand (see tip - tent cleaning) and only care for it afterwards. After a harsh winter, we would do the waterproofing on a dry spring day.
For this you need:
- Garden atomizer / pressure sprayer (retailers, hardware store)
- possibly a household mop
Mix 1 part NIKWAX well with 9 parts warm water (1: 9) and carefully apply the material from top to bottom. If the tent is wet, the ratio may need to be reduced to around 1: 7-8 parts of water. If the agent is mixed too thinly, it will run off too quickly over the edge of the tent. It would be ideal if the agent flows but there is enough time to distribute it evenly. A mop can help you work the excess agent into the material. In order for you to get an optimal result, the agent must then be able to dry out completely.
HOW DOES NIKWAX COTTON PROOF WORK?
The water runs off the material treated with NIKWAX, which minimizes contact of water with the material. For example, when raindrops hit the surface of the material, the drops are distorted in shape, but do not penetrate the tissue. The water-repellent fibers prevent contact with the water that collects on the surface.
25 years ago Nick Brown, inventor of NIKWAX, developed and patented the water-repellent NIKWAX elastomer TX.10i. When treated with NIKWAX, textile fibers are covered with a layer of elastic, water-repellent molecules. These molecules bind with anything that attracts water, but leave the gaps between the fibers open and thus remain breathable.
NIKWAX impregnation treatments bend and move with the textile fibers. The TX.10i elastomer also gives textiles additional resilience. By lubricating the textiles, the fibers can slide over one another again without great resistance. The impregnation treatments also ensure that the fibers are coated with elastic polymer, which has a resilient property. The fibers can thus expand to a certain degree and return to their original position. This reduces the stress at the points of contact between the fibers and increases the tensile strength of the textiles.