Wax garments can prove extremely waterproof, rugged and durable.
However, after many outings, repeated use of waxed clothing can leave it looking worn.
Reproofing can restore it to almost new condition – improving it’s longevity and waterproof capabilities.
Best of all, it’s easier than you’d think!
How to Reproof Your Waxed Garments
1. Cleaning Accumulated Dirt, Debris, or Residues
- Collect needed cleaning items: cold water and a sponge or soft cloth.
- Bring the garment to room temperature if stored in a colder area.
- Find a sturdy work surface (such as a table) and place a plastic sheet or table cloth over it for protection.
- Lay the jacket or trousers flat on the work surface. If it’s a hat, just place it upright on the surface.
- Dip the sponge or cloth in cold water, squeeze out excess, and gently wipe down the garment.
- Go over the entire surface area to give a quick rinse, removing any dirt, debris, or residues trapped in the fabric. Particularly pay attention to get into any seams, creases, and areas of most wear and tear.
2. Applying Fresh Wax to Reproof
- Prepare wax that comes in a tin container, by placing the tin in a bowl or basin of warm water. Water needs to be hot enough to melt and soften the inner contents into a smooth wax.
- Use a clean, sturdy work surface, covered with any needed protective plastic or tablecloth, and preferably in a well-ventilated area.
- Place the cleaned jacket or trousers flat and spread out on the work surface.
- Dip the sponge or soft cloth in the melted wax and work an even layer over the garment surface to provide a coat. Pay close attention to any seams and creases, worn-out areas, or areas that are drier.
- Make sure to cover the entire jacket or trousers and be careful not to apply wax over regular cloth surfaces, including the insides of pockets, any lining material, or corduroy used for collars, elbows, knees, and cuffs.
- Hang your garment in a warm place to dry thoroughly overnight.
- Bonus tips: 1) Do not use the treated garment immediately to avoid spreading moist wax onto contact surfaces. 2) Use a hair-dryer in a low-heat setting and run over the newly waxed or reproofed garment to help speed up the drying process and settle the wax into an even coverage.