Resilient and waterproof, wax is a match for even British weather. Reproofing your garment annually will keep it gorgeous and you dry. Here’s how…
Swish away dust and dirt with a soft brush, then wipe the whole thing down with a damp cloth or sponge. DON’T use hot (or even warm) water, soaps, detergents, bleach, washing machines, tumble dryers or dry cleaning.
You’ll need to melt your proofing wax first. Use a well-aimed hairdryer, or stand the tin in warm water (it’s ready to use when it’s uniformly liquid – around 20 minutes).
Lay your item on a clean, flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles. Using a clean cloth or sponge, rub in the melted wax with small, circular strokes. Apply a little at a time so the fabric has a chance to absorb it, and extra on seams and well-worn areas.
Hang it up in a well-ventilated area (away from heat sources) to dry naturally. The day after it’s completely dried, check it over and spot-treat it if necessary. It should have a soft, semi-matt finish.
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