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Rug Wash™

The natural vegetable-based soap cleaner for all animal rugs and coats.

The safe way to thoroughly clean, and revitalize insulation, water repellency and breathability of your animal’s rugs and coats.


How Nikwax Rug Wash™ provides comfort for your animal…

Nikwax Rug Wash™ is a highly effective cleaner, which also revitalizes existing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and improves breathability. This protects your animal from getting wet in the rain and prevents the build up of condensation inside rugs and coats, maintaining the comfort of your animal.

Nikwax Rug Wash™ is the safe way to thoroughly clean your waterproof animal rugs and coats, optimizing their performance and extending their useable life. Washing machine application is quick, easy, and ensures that the whole rug is thoroughly cleaned.


Use Nikwax Rug Wash™ in the washing machine…

Use undiluted Rug Wash™ and a sponge or soft nylon brush to treat stubborn stains before washing. Remove all non-washable parts. Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Do not use detergents.

Top Loading Machine Wash:

  • Place maximum of 1 blanket in washing machine*.
  • After the machine has filled, add 5fl oz/150ml. Add an extra 2fl oz/50ml for hard water areas.
  • Ensure washing machine is large enough to allow freedom of movement of rug in drum.
  • Set cycle to Heavy and Warm, medium water level.

Front Loading Machine Wash:

  • Remove all detergent build-up from the detergent dispenser.
  • Place maximum of 1 blanket in washing machine*.
  • Add 3.5fl oz/100ml of Rug Wash™. Add an additional 2fl oz/50ml for hard water areas.
  • Set cycle to Synthetics and Warm (40°C).

* For large items we recommend using a commercial laundrette.


Why breathability is essential for the comfort of your animal…

Your animal is most likely to get clammy and uncomfortable in wet or damp conditions if the breathability of their waterproof rug or coat is impaired. If the outer fabric absorbs water, the rug/coat can lose up to 70% of its breathability. Therefore, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) on the outer fabric of your animal rug/coat must be maintained to ensure comfort. Nikwax Rug Wash™ will revitalize the DWR and therefore breathability of your animal rug/coat, keeping your animal comfortable.


Waterproof fabrics need to be breathable…

Some animals, including dogs and horses, can be subjected to the elements while outside. When it rains, waterproof rugs and coats are used to keep them dry and comfortable.

It is important that these waterproof fabrics allow moisture vapor to pass through them, or ‘breathe’; otherwise moisture cannot evaporate, so will condense on the inside of the item. Additionally, if the outer fabric absorbs water and ‘wets out’ the item's breathability will be reduced. Both of these situations will lead to your animal getting clammy, cold and uncomfortable.

The breathability of rugs and coats can be maintained by ensuring the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) is kept in good condition. Nikwax Rug Wash™ will revitalize the DWR preventing water absorption and maintaining breathability to keep your animals dry and comfortable.


Breathable waterproofs aren’t just for humans…

Anyone who is outside when it is raining will benefit from breathable waterproof clothing. This includes horses out grazing and dogs being taken for a walk in the rain!


Use Nikwax Rug Wash™ when your animal rugs and coats soak up water…

Your waterproof animal rugs and coats could be soaking up water because the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) has been compromised by dirt, or because it’s been cleaned with a conventional laundry detergent. Dirt attracts water and household detergents leave water attracting (hydrophilic) residues, leading to fabric ‘wetting out’ in wet or damp conditions.

If your animal rugs or coats are relatively new, or recently treated with Nikwax Rug Proof™, then cleaning with Nikwax Rug Wash™ will not only remove contaminants, such as dirt and residues left behind by household detergents, but also revitalize DWR.


Make sure you clean with the right product…

Conventional laundry detergents leave behind a water attractive (hydrophilic) residue which masks the Durable Water Repellency (DWR), causing fabrics to absorb water and ‘wet out’ in damp or wet conditions. Therefore, they need to be avoided when cleaning your waterproof animal rugs and coats.

Use Nikwax Rug Wash™ to thoroughly clean your waterproof animal rugs and coats safely, revitalize DWR and breathability.


Always clean your animal rugs and coats before putting them into storage…

Regular cleaning of your waterproof animal rugs and coats will enhance their performance and help maintain the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating.

We recommend cleaning your animal rugs and coats at the end of the season before putting them into storage. This will ensure that they are free from dirt, grease, oils and other contaminants that lead to microbial growth, which damages animal rugs and coats.


Like all Nikwax products, Nikwax Rug Wash™ is safe to use…

Nikwax takes great care to minimize the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. Nikwax avoids materials in its cleaners like palm oil, which may be sourced from unsustainable plantations.

Nikwax Rug Wash™ is an environmentally friendly natural vegetable-based soap; it is non-hazardous, WaterBased and biodegradable.