How to Clean & Wash a Wax Jacket - Step-by-step Guide

Wax jackets are as old as the history of jackets and is very popular in UK and Australia. Today, people still want to buy and wear these wax jackets as a token of style and class. 

 What Is A Traditional Wax Jacket?

A traditional wax jacket, is a staple of outdoor clothing and it is well known for it class and style. It is usually made up of cotton and have layer of essentials oils and paraffin wax on it. This layer makes it waterproof and air proof even in extreme weather situations. The coating can be reapplied later to extend the jacket lifespan. According to a study by the Outdoor Industry Association, waxed jackets have seen a resurgence in popularity due to their sustainable nature and versatility.


How To Clean a Wax Jacket

Cleaning a wax jacket requires special care as it cannot be cleaned like ordinary jackets. It is not supposed to be cleaned in washing machine. Below is the Step By Step Guide of how to clean a wax jacket.


Materials Needed:

  • Cold water
  • Soft brush or sponge
  • Mild soap (optional, avoid harsh detergents)
  • Cloth or sponge
  • Wax dressing (if reproofing is necessary)


Step-by-step Guide On How to Clean And Wash Wax Jacket:

1. Read the Care Label:

First and foremost, read the care label that is provided by the seller and follow all the guidelines for the jacket's health.

2. Remove Surface Dirt:

After reading the label, clean the wax jacket with the help of a brush or a sponge. Please ensure to use soft tool so the jackets fibers remain safe and intact. 

3. Prepare Cold Water:

Cold water is very necessary for cleaning and washing as hot water damages, shortens the fabric age. Take Cold and fresh water in a bucket or basin and put your jacket into it. 

4. Spot Cleaning:

Use a sponge or a cloth dipped in water and apply directly on the strain. If the strain is dark, you can use soap but it is better to avoid any contact with it. 

5. Wipe down the Jacket:

Take a cloth and dip it into cold water and use it on jacket. Please wipe the jacket with utter care as it can damage the fabrics and avoid scrubbing it so hard.

6. Rinse and Dry:

Take a damp cloth and use it on all the jacket to ensure no dirt is left. And then place the jacket to dry itself using natural air, avoid any contact with dryers and electric appliances. 


This is how we clean a wax jacket but one major step is left. If the wax coating on the jacket is affected, you have to reproof wax on the jacket.

Reproofing Wax on Jacket (If Necessary):

  • First, analyze the affected areas of jacket. Place Jacket on a table (never iron it).
  • Take bottle of wax, read it carefully and heat it on the dedicated temperature.
  • With the help of a cloth or a sponge, evenly apply wax on the jacket especially on the areas that are most affected. 
  • Then let it dry at a well ventilated area or you can use a hair dryer (at 25 degree Celsius). Give your jacket enough time so that the wax can bind with the fabric.


Pros And Cons of Mens Wax Jacket:


Unknown Facts About Wax Jackets:

- Wax jackets were first used in Scotland in late 1700s by fisherman and royal navy. 

-Wax Jacket is resell able and can be resold on a very decent price.

- Wax Jackets should be washed or reproof at least once an year. 

-Wax Jackets are considered more environmental friendly than synthetic waterproof jackets as Wax and paraffin both are made up of natural minerals,



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