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An End of Ski Season Checklist – How to Store Ski Gear Properly

April 16, 2015 by nikwax | 0 comments

April is the month for Ski Season Closing Day, a bittersweet mix of emotions and onesies. Before you enter summer mode completely, take a moment to clean and store your ski and snowboard gear. Many people don’t know how to store their ski gear properly. This end of ski season checklist can help avoid delaminating jackets, funky smells, rusty edges, and warped gear. Follow these 6 tips to make sure your planks and outwear stay in great condition and are ready to go when the lifts start to spin again.

How to Store Ski Gear Properly

Spring riding and closing day fun. Photo by Christopher Powell Photography

End of ski season checklist:

1. Wash your outerwear
It is ok to wash waterproof jackets and pants. It really is! Your ski jacket and pants get dirty throughout the season: sweat from going big, grease from the lift, rouge ketchup, and spilled Après beverages are all contributors. If left unwashed the sweat, dirt, bacteria, and beer stains fester and degrade the waterproofing and fabric of your outerwear.

  • For hardshells or synthetic insulated outwear, first clean with Tech Wash and then re-waterproof with TX.Direct.
  • For down-filled puffy items, Down Wash will remove grime while protecting delicate feathers. Down Proof adds water-repellency. Place items in the dryer and tumble on air dry. Add two tennis balls (pre-Fido) to help fluff the items back up.

2. Love your gloves
Gloves and mittens take a beating on the hill, from abrasive snow to runny noses to rouge ketchup and beverages. All of these inhibit the water repellency and shorten the mitts’ lifespan.

3. Clean your base layers (And face masks too!)
Why store stinky things? Wash and deodorize your dirty layers and buffs before putting them away.

  • Use BaseWash to clean and deodorize your synthetic layers and face masks. Wool Wash will take care of your wool layers, ensuring they are ready to perform at their max come Opening Day.
  • TIP: If you use your base layers year round for running, hiking, and camping trips, use BaseWash with every load of synthetics to keep them performing and in great condition.

4. Wax your planks for storage
Applying storage wax is an often-overlooked step at the end of the ski season. Properly storing your skis and snowboards over the summer will increase their lifespan and then require minimal tuning when the snow starts to fall again.

  • Our buds over at break down how to wax your skis for storage. 
  • TIP: Be sure to store your toys outside of a ski or board bag. Trapped moisture and extreme temperatures are not good for your equipment.

5. Care for your Skins
Uphill ski traffic has exploded in popularity! To get the maximum life from your skins be sure to dry them and fold them correctly after each tour.

6. Store boots buckled or laced. Important!

  • Store your boots in a dry, cool place with the buckles buckled and straps strapped to help the plastic shell or leather outer retain its shape. If stored unbuckled boots can warp and become (even more) uncomfortable.

Goodbye sweet ski season. Miss you already. But Hello Summer!


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How To Wash Smelly Athletic Clothes

March 18, 2015 by nikwax | 0 comments

Removing odors from stinky gym clothes can seem an impossible task. No matter how often you wash them, the minute you hit the gym the knockout odors come back. Smelly athletic clothes are embarrassing, feel gross, and do not perform at their best, thus neither do you. Luckily, Nikwax has a solution to your smelly active apparel.

Nikwax BaseWash is a high-performance, biodegradable detergent for synthetic clothing. It is excellent at removing odors and preventing future odor build up in fitness apparel that is worn next to skin. BaseWash also improves the fabric’s wicking power, accelerates its drying time, and increases the breathability. No matter what your sport is, BaseWash is the best way to care for and wash athletic clothes. Plus, it’s safe for your household and environment!

How to wash smelly athletic clothes and remove odors.

Smelly athletic clothes are gross. Learn how to remove odors with Nikwax BaseWash.

Why do synthetic clothes smell in the first place?
Lightweight, wicking, and breathable fabrics have redefined and enhanced athletic activities and sports. From hot yoga to hockey to cycling to skiing, performance athletic apparel makes sports much more comfortable. Unfortunately, these wondrous athletic clothes easily become really smelly.

Stubborn bacteria and microbes are the cause of the musty, sour, and ammonia-like rotting odors in gym clothes. These stinky buggers think synthetic fabrics are perfect place to hang out, and, like an unwelcome houseguest, they are difficult to evict.

How can I remove odors from gym clothes and get rid of the bacteria?
There are many suggestions on how to deodorize and wash smelly active clothes: put the gross clothes in the freezer, boil them, soak them in vinegar, or watch the wash cycle like a hawk to add baking soda at the exact, correct minute. These attempts to remove gym odors are intensive, inconvenient, and never 100% successful. Plus, who wants to smell like pickles at the gym?

Nikwax BaseWash, the odor-eliminating super cleaner, is easy to use. To wash smelly athletic clothes follow these 4 simple steps.
1. Start a load in your washing machine with cold water
2. Use BaseWash in substitution for regular laundry detergent
3. Once the cycle is done, air-dry the clothes
4. Use BaseWash frequently to keep odors from coming back and increase performance.

Washing smelly active clothing with Nikwax BaseWash removes stubborn odors, and enhances the benefits of technical apparel, keeping you comfortable during your workout.

Try it for yourself! And next time you roll out your mat or lace up, you’ll feel ready to train and perform at your best!

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