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Caring for Your Waxed Canvas Gear: A Comprehensive Guide by Remote Projects

Waxed canvas is a durable, water-resistant fabric that has been used for centuries to create a variety of outdoor gear.
Similar to an Oilskin coat, Remote Projects offers high-quality waxed canvas products that require proper care and maintenance to maintain their appearance and functionality. Follow these care and cleaning instructions to preserve the life of your Remote Projects purchase.

 

REGULAR MAINTENANCE

  • Remove dirt and debris: Use a brush and/or sponge with cold water to gently remove any dirt, sand, or debris that accumulates on your waxed canvas gear. Do not use detergent or hot water, as this can strip the oil and wax crucial to the canvas's waterproofing qualities.
  • Air-dry your gear: After cleaning, hang your gear to dry outside or in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight to avoid fading. Ensure the gear is completely dry before using or storing it.
  • Store properly: Always store your Remote Projects product in a dry, well-ventilated area. Avoid storing it in a cupboard or plastic bag for extended periods, as this can cause mold to develop.

SPOT CLEANING

  • Use a damp cloth: For small stains or spills, gently dab the affected area with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Pure soap solution: For tougher stains, mix warm water with a pure or organic soap. Dip a cloth or sponge into the solution and gently dab the stained area. Rinse the cloth with clean water and dab again to remove any soap residue.

MOULD REMOVAL

  • Brush off mold: Use a brush to remove all mold from the canvas.
  • Apply diluted vinegar: Sponge the affected areas with diluted vinegar.
  • Hand wash with pure soap: Wash the gear in warm water and a pure or organic soap.
  • Rinse and air-dry: Rinse off the soap and hang the gear to dry outside, away from direct sunlight.
  • Re-proof cleaned areas: The cleaned areas may require re-proofing after mould removal.

RE-PROOFING

  • Inspect your gear: Over time and with heavy use, the oil and wax on the duck canvas fabric will naturally dry out. We recommend re-proofing your purchase once a year for longevity.
  • Apply wax: Remote Projects has developed its own Australian-made re-proofing wax. Please get in touch to purchase the wax. Apply a thin, even layer of wax to the dry areas using a clean, lint-free cloth or a soft-bristle brush. Be sure to follow the wax manufacturer's instructions.
  • Allow the wax to cure: Let the waxed gear sit for at least 24 hours to allow the wax to cure and set before using it.
  • Avoid machine washing and ironing:

Do not machine wash, dry clean, starch, or iron your waxed canvas gear, as these processes can damage the fabric and strip the wax coating.

Proper care and maintenance of your Remote Projects waxed canvas gear will help maintain its appearance and functionality for years to come. By following this care and cleaning guide, you can ensure that your gear remains water-resistant, durable, and looks the goods!