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Garment Care – Your Wax Garment

All waxproof garments will dry out, soil and fade with age. Eventually if not re-waxed it will begin to let in rain. With proper care and cleaning the colour and waterproofing will return.

DO – Always do the following
• After wearing always hang up in a warm airy place.
• Brush off dirt and grit, sponging down with cold water only (do not use soap or detergent).
• Rewax the garment as required with Nikwax Cotton Proof .
• The internal lining only can be freshened by sponging gently with cold water and soap. Squeeze out the sponge thoroughly before applying to avoid wetting the wax.
If more professional cleaning is required the garment can be dry-cleaned and re-waxed by cleaners that offer a wax cleaning service a Repair and Rewaxing Service is offered by New England Reproofers.

DON’T – Never do the following
• Store your garment in a poly bag, as condensation can loosen the surface wax.
• Do not leave wax garments on sofas /car seats or hang next to other clothing as wax may come off and cause staining.
• Never hand/machine wash or tumble dry wax garments
• Never dry next to direct heat such as a radiator as this will cause wax to melt
• Never use detergents or soap to remove residue from wax fabric Garment Care – Your Textile Garment
British Motorcycle Gear builds products to the highest specifications and materials. However undue attention to product aftercare can seriously affect the lifespan of your garment. To help keep British Motorcycle Gear garments in pristine condition please follow the care suggestions listed below.

DO – Always do the following
• After wearing always hang up in a warm airy place.
• Brush off dirt and grit with a soft brush.
• Before washing remove all Armour.
• Remove thermal liners and hand wash separately to the main outer jacket.
• Close all fasteners. If the garment has hook and loop closures, ensure that they are fastened securely. Loose hook and loop fasteners can cause serious damage to fabrics. Always make sure all velcro panels are secure to their other side. Do not use washing machine with Agitator hand wash or hand wash cycle only.
• Hand wash at 40 degrees. Use soap flakes or non-biological liquid soap.
• Help maintain water repellency on the surface fabric by adding a waterproofing treatment. This can either be washed in or sprayed on after washing. Waterproofing finishes can be purchased from most outdoor or motorcycle clothing retailers.
• Drip dry away from direct heat.

DON’T – Never do the following

• Store your garment in a poly bag, as condensation can cause bacterial growth on sweat residues.
• Never leave textiles on a sofa or car where garments can be exposed to direct sunlight.
• Do not dry clean.
• Never dry next to direct heat such as a radiator as this will cause damage to waterproof coatings.
• Never use biological detergents.
• Do not spin, iron or tumble dry garments.

Garment Care – Your Leather Garment

Home Cleaning

The secret of home cleaning is always to ‘test’ before proceeding. Test on an area that will not be seen i.e. a pocket or a jacket facing. If any colour is removed stop immediately. If the surface has wetted out whilst testing always wait until the area is dried before checking.

• Brush off any loose dirt or flies.
• If the soiling is more stubborn then dilute a solution of washing up liquid or soap and a little water. Take care not to wet out the leather. Wipe off any excess water with a dry cloth.
• Never use biological detergents for cleaning
• Biro and stains can be removed by the use of pencil erasures. Bear in mind that pen removers are solvent based and could potentially remove also garment dye.
• When wet; dry naturally, away from direct heat. Leather on no account must be dried over a radiator or by the front of a fire.
• Do not iron. Most wrinkled leathers will drop out if left hanging.
• After cleaning/drying use NIkwax Leather Restorer. This treatment gently conditions individual leather fibres making them suppler and flexible. Again alway test any Cleaners or Leather Restorer items in an unsean area first, since they may change the look and color of the leather finish. Make sure you like the effect before doing the entire garment.

Specialist Cleaning

A leather garment should be professionally cleaned before it becomes heavily soiled. Your leather garment should be cleaned no more than once in a two year period, as this process can strip the leather of it’s natural oils. A specialist cleaner will try to restore this but it will be impossible to achieve the original finish.


Garments should be stored on a good strong hanger when not in use. If the fabric is to be stored for any length of time it must be kept in a Fabric cover. Avoid areas where there may be excessive humidity, as leather will absorb moisture. For this reason never store leather for long periods in a plastic or polythene cover.

Sensitivity to Light

Leather is sensitive to light and leather garments should therefor be protected from intensive heat and sunshine. Sun damage on leather is not a manufacturing fault.


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