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Rain, rain, flipping rain: don't let it soak you to the skin

It's a lesser known fact that waterproofs don't stay waterproof, well not without a little help anyway. Whatever anybody says, at some point you'll need to reproof your waterproof. If the water's soaking in then the time is right. If it's beading, you've got no worries. So how easy is it? And how much does it cost? Cheaper than buying a new jacket (although not as much fun) and more environmentally friendly especially if you use Nikwax famed for its green credentials. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Buy Nikwax Tech Wash - this washes your outdoor gear, revives breathability and reinvigorates Durable Water Repellency [DWR] and TX Direct for making your waterproof waterproof again.  What's more, Nikwax doesn't need a tumble drier to kick it into action making it more environmentally friendly.  Twin pack of Tech Wash and TX Direct [300ml] around £11.25.  

Buy Nikwax Tech Wash - this washes your outdoor gear, revives breathability and reinvigorates Durable Water Repellency [DWR] and TX Direct for making your waterproof waterproof again.  What's more, Nikwax doesn't need a tumble drier to kick it into action making it more environmentally friendly.  Twin pack of Tech Wash and TX Direct [300ml] around £11.25.  

The great thing about Nikwax's Tech Wash and TX Direct is that you can them in the washing machine making reproofing even easier.  Start with Tech Wash to remove dirt and any previous traces of detergents which will interfere with a garment's waterproofness.  Tech Wash will revive breathability and, by removing contaminates, reinvigorate the Durable Water Repellency.  Once washed you can use TX Direct which will treat seams, cords and individual fibres making them waterproof again and keeping you dry.

The great thing about Nikwax's Tech Wash and TX Direct is that you can them in the washing machine making reproofing even easier.  Start with Tech Wash to remove dirt and any previous traces of detergents which will interfere with a garment's waterproofness.  Tech Wash will revive breathability and, by removing contaminates, reinvigorate the Durable Water Repellency.  Once washed you can use TX Direct which will treat seams, cords and individual fibres making them waterproof again and keeping you dry.

But before you go pressing any buttons you'll need to wash out the dispenser in your washing machine to get rid of traces of conventional washing powders and softeners that will interfere with Nikwax's magic.

But before you go pressing any buttons you'll need to wash out the dispenser in your washing machine to get rid of traces of conventional washing powders and softeners that will interfere with Nikwax's magic.

Add the required amount of Tech Wash or TX Direct to the dispenser drawer to treat the number of jackets you've put in the drum.   Choose a synthetic cycle and leave Nikwax to do its stuff.  And that's it!  Beats spending £200 on another jacket and once you've done it once you'll want to reproof everything.  We've done tissues and we've heard of someone proofing a teabag.  Yeah, we know, what good's a waterproof teabag ...