Waxed cotton, or oilskin, is a unique high-performance fabric. It is made by weaving 2-ply cotton yarn into a strong canvas fabric, which is then treated with our proprietary mixture of micro and technical waxes. This oil/wax treatment creates a highly resistant wind and water barrier, while maintaining the breathability of the cotton.
The proper care and treatment of your waxed cotton garment will ensure its longevity. When you are not wearing your garment, always be sure to hang it in a well-ventilated area. Dried mud, sand, grit and dirt should be removed as soon as possible, as it will have an abrasive effect on the waxed cotton. It is also important to reproof your Classic or Lightweight waxed cotton garment as needed.
CLASSIC AND LIGHTWEIGHT WAX COTTON
Regular cleaning not only enhances the appearance of your garment but removes dust and dirt that can cause premature wear. Regular cleaning also prevents dirt build-up from becoming irremovable stains.
- REMOVE dried mud, sand and grit as soon as possible especially along inner sleeve seams, as these are abrasive.
- HOSE OFF or SPONGE WIPE with cold water only. If dirt is ground in, gently brush it off with a soft bristled brush and then rinse.
- HANG TO DRY naturally and completely for at least 24 hours in a dry, well-ventilated area.
- REPROOF the entire garment after cleaning.
DO NOT dry clean • DO NOT machine wash • DO NOT tumble dry (no dryer) • DO NOT use soap or detergent of any kind • DO NOT use solvents or bleach • DO NOT iron or starch • DO NOT force dry or expose to a direct flame • DO NOT expose to direct sunlight for a long period of time (such as rear car window).
Doing any of these will damage or remove the proofing and may void the garment’s warranty.
Most waxed cotton garments will need regular reproofing within a year if worn frequently, or even sooner if you notice that the coat is drying out due to exposure to the elements. Uneven, shiny or dry areas, or where moisture no longer beads, is a good indicator to reproof those specific areas. It is not necessary to reproof the entire garment unless it has been washed.
By reproofing your waxed cotton jacket, you can bring back its original water-resistant finish. On top of prolonging the life of your jacket, reproofing will also revive the fabric’s color and help to prevent holes from forming along the seams of your jacket. Garments can be brought to “as new” condition with an easy application of Australian Outback Authentic Dry Feel Reproofing Cream.
- Be sure that the garment is CLEAN and DRY. Lay it on a flat surface and apply the cream sparingly with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth.
- Try using a hair dryer to WARM the cream on the cloth and on the garment as you apply it. This will make the application easier and more uniform.
- SPREAD CREAM EVENLY, working it into the fabric in a circular motion. DO NOT coat the surface too thickly or it will not be able to absorb it all. Seams and worn areas will require more cream.
- WIPE OFF EXCESS cream and hang garment to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area.
- The next day, spread out any excess oil not absorbed. Apply more cream to areas that still appear shinny or dry.
Avoid contact between waxed cotton and pale-colored leather car seats. As a precaution only, we recommend that you do not wear garments on seats for the first couple of weeks after purchase or after reproofing. Once the natural weathering process begins, the garment will feel dryer and softer and it will then be safe to resume normal use.
How to Store Your Wax Cotton Garment
To ensure the longevity or your wax cotton coat or jacket, be sure to only store clean, perfectly dried reproofed garments. Items stored not completely dried or stored in a humid area may very well develop mildew. Once stored, regularly inspect your garment for mildew or mildew-indicating smell to prevent damage from occurring to your garment. To store your coat or jacket:
- Hang it in a dry, cool and well-ventilated space, or
- Fold and roll your garment for storage in a dry, cool and well-ventilated space.
SAHARA WAX, DRIDEN AND WASH WAX COTTON
Sahara Wax, Wash Wax and Driden Wax – our new breed of waxed cotton – have a unique dry-feel permanent finish. Designed for toughness and durability, all three can be washed and will still retain a high degree of water repellency and breathability.
DO NOT reproof • DO NOT dry clean • DO NOT use solvents or bleach
Sahara Wax Cotton Care
Should your Sahara Wax garment or hat become soiled, hand-wash using soap flakes or mild soap at a maximum of 40°C - 104°F and allow to drip-dry in a well-ventilated area. DO NOT machine wash or place in the dryer. Iron on cool setting if necessary.
Driden and Wash Wax Cotton Care
Driden and Wash Wax garments or hats are the easiest oilskin items to care for. All may be machine-washed in warm water with mild soap and placed in the dryer on a low setting. Iron on cool if necessary.