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Polar Proof®

Easy to use, safe, high performance waterproofing for fleece

Adds Durable Water Repellency; reducing weight gain and maintaining breathability and insulation of fleece in wet weather.




How Nikwax Polar Proof® protects...

Nikwax Polar Proof® has been specifically designed and optimized for fleece garments; it leaves a flexible water repellent treatment on individual fibers allowing moisture vapour to pass through, maintaining breathability and optimizing performance in wet weather. Additionally, it inhibits pilling of fleece fabrics, prolonging the life of gear.

Nikwax Polar Proof® is easy and quick to apply in a washing machine and ensures that the treatment goes right through the garment. The highly Durable Water Repellency (DWR) of Nikwax Polar Proof® develops on air drying. Therefore the need for tumble drying is removed, saving energy.


Use Nikwax Polar Proof® in a washing machine...

Conventional detergent can damage water-repellency. Therefore always clean first with Nikwax® Tech Wash®. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing. Follow garment care label instructions. Shake bottle well before use.

Top Loading Machine Wash:

  1. Remove all detergent build-up from the detergent dispenser.
  2. Place clean item(s) in washing machine (maximum 6 items).
  3. After the machine has filled with water use:
    3fl oz/100ml for 1-2 items, low water level
    5fl oz/150ml for 3-4 items, medium water level
    8fl oz/250ml for 5-6 items, high water level
  4. Run heavy soil machine cycle.
  5. Wash according to care label.

Front Loading Machine Wash:

  1. Remove all detergent build-up from the detergent dispenser.
  2. Place clean item(s) in washing machine (maximum 4 items).
  3. Use 3fl oz/100ml for 1-2 items and
    5fl oz/150ml for 3-4 items.
  4. Wash according to care label.

Drip-dry or tumble dry on a low setting if care label allows.

To maintain waterproofing always wash with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Do not use detergents.


Why fleece garments keep you warm...

Fleece fabrics are used to provide lightweight, insulating mid layers and additionally hats and gloves to keep you warm.
Fleece fabrics are made from synthetic fibers. The construction of the fabric allows air to be trapped between the fibers and warmed by body heat to provide insulation for the user.


Water compromises the insulating properties of fleece...

Although the individual fibers of fleece cannot absorb water, it is possible for water to become trapped in the spaces between the fibers. The accumulation of water reduces the insulating properties of fleece and also causes weight gain; fleece can hold up to 50% of its weight in water!
This reduces the comfort of the user causing them to feel wet and cold, but more importantly the reduction in insulation is dangerous and in severe cases can lead to hypothermia.


Fleece clothing is for active, outdoor people...

Anyone who is active outside will benefit from wearing fleece. Either being used as a mid layer or an outer garment, the insulating properties of fleece will improve user comfort. So, if you are a mountaineer or dog walker or you work outside as a farmer or surveyor, insulating clothing will help to keep you warm.


Use Nikwax Polar Proof® when your fleece soaks up water...

Your fleece garment could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Tech Wash®, and if it is fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalized just from cleaning. But once the garment has been thoroughly worn, you will need to add DWR using Nikwax Polar Proof®, after cleaning first with Nikwax Tech Wash®.


Fleece clothing needs Nikwax Polar Proof® to maintain performance...

Alternative waterproofing products are often solvent-based aerosols; alternatively, they may be water-based and use fluorocarbons. Aerosol products are flammable. Fluorocarbons pose a potential risk to the environment and to the long-term health of the consumer.
Nikwax Polar Proof® is a safe product to use on fleece garments. It is WaterBased, non-flammable, contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is fluorocarbon free. Nikwax Polar Proof® has been specifically designed and optimized for fleece garments, providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) whilst maintaining breathability. Nikwax Polar Proof® requires no heat to develop its DWR, so it is not necessary to use a tumble drier for best results.


Cleaning properly can be as important as waterproofing...

Using the right cleaning product is as important as using the right waterproofing product. Conventional detergents leave behind a thin, water-absorbent film on materials that masks their water repellency. Therefore, always clean your waterproof garments with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Remember that dirt itself works against water repellency, so regular cleaning will enhance performance.


Like all Nikwax products, Nikwax Polar Proof® is safe to use...

Nikwax takes great care to minimize the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. Nikwax waterproofing products are WaterBased, non-aerosol, non-flammable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. They contain no harmful solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and are completely free of fluorocarbons (which have been shown to be persistent in the environment and have been associated with serious health issues).