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How to Care for Your Barbour Wax Jacket

How’s your favourite Barbour wax jacket looking? If it’s been a while since you last treated it to a care session then it may be time for its annual re-waxing.

If you’ve never re-waxed your Barbour jacket before, or if you’ve just been treated to a new one for Christmas, you’re in the right place to learn how to take good care of it.

If your jacket is brand new, stand down for now (though it’s well worth learning how to care for it while you’re here). But if you’ve had it for a year or more, follow these simple steps to protect your wax jacket from the elements, so it can go on protecting you from the elements.

What you’ll need:

  • A tin of Barbour wax dressing
  • A stiff bristle brush
  • A cloth or sponge

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Before You Start

  • Give the instructions on the wax tin a good read before you get stuck in; there’s lots of useful information on there.
  • Make sure you’ve got a safe, clear area to work in – outside or on a covered table would be ideal. Keep pets and children away from the area while you work.

How to re-wax your Barbour jacket

Step 1: The wipedown

Gently clean the outside of your Barbour jacket with a wet sponge or cloth to remove any surface dirt. Make sure you only use cold or warm water, not hot water. And absolutely never clean it with any kind of soap or put it in the washing machine, as this will strip your jacket of its wax coating forever. A tragedy to be avoided.

Step 2: The wax warm up

Before you can apply your Barbour wax dressing to your jacket it needs to be softened to make it easy to work with. Soften the wax by removing the lid and sitting the tin in a container of hot water. After sitting in the water for about 20 minutes, the wax should have melted into a liquid consistency. Now it’s ready to use.

Step 3: The waxing

Dip a dry cloth or sponge into your melted wax dressing and begin applying it. Using small circular movements, work the wax well into the jacket as evenly as you can, and don’t neglect the seams or creases as these will need extra attention. Keep an eye out for any dry patches too, as these often need more work to get an even coating.

If your wax dressing starts to harden while you’re working, top up the container with more hot water to keep the wax nice and soft. And take extra care not to get your wax dressing anywhere near your jacket’s collar or inside lining, as this will damage the fabric.

Once you think you’ve got the whole jacket covered, have a good look for any excess wax and simply wipe it off. That’s the hard part done.

Step 4. The drying

You may just leave your jacket to dry naturally if you wish, however you can get an extra smooth finish and ensure the wax is evenly spread by using a hairdryer. Be careful not to hold the dryer too close to your jacket though, and keep it moving evenly over the surface to help it dry properly.

Step 5. The wait

As tempting as it is to get back into your jacket and out into the elements, it’s not quite ready to go yet. Once you’re happy with the finish, hang your jacket up and leave it overnight to ensure it’s completely dry. There may still be small amounts of excess wax which can rub off on contact, so hang it up away from other clothes and upholstery to prevent damage while it dries.

Step 6. Repeat once a year

Now you know how to care for your wax jacket, remember to repeat this process once every 12 months to keep it weatherproof and thornproof for years and years to come. For now, though, it’s time to get back out there and enjoy the great outdoors with your good-as-new jacket.

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