Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ (Liquid)
WaterBased waterproofing liquid for smooth leather footwear.
High performance waterproofing that maintains support and breathability. Available in: neutral, brown and black
The comfort of waterproof footwear is dependent on it supporting feet and being breathable. The structure of leather and therefore the level of support it provides is maintained by tanning agents.
When leather absorbs water, it softens and tanning agents are lost. Subsequently, the leather is stiffer when it dries and therefore prone to splitting. Also, when leather gets wet the breathability of footwear is impaired, giving you damp feet.
Therefore, it’s essential that the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) of your footwear is maintained. Eventually DWR will wear off and need to be renewed with Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™.
Leather is hardwearing, breathable and provides a high level of support, making it an ideal material for footwear construction. During leather production, tanning agents are added to maintain the structure of leather and prevent microbial growth. If leather becomes wet, its breathability will be reduced, leading to wet feet from condensation. Also, when leather absorbs water, tanning agents are lost. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid provides Durable Water Repellency (DWR), stopping leather from absorbing water and ‘wetting out’ while maintaining breathability. It replenishes tanning agents to maintain the support of leather footwear without over-softening. Additionally, Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid in black/brown restores color.
Anyone who is active outside in damp or wet conditions will benefit from breathable waterproof footwear. Whether you’re a mountaineer or dog walker, or you work outside as a farmer or surveyor, you will need good footwear.
Your footwear could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™, and if it is fairly new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalized just from cleaning. But, once the footwear has been thoroughly worn you will need to add DWR by using Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™.
Alternative waterproofing products leave behind a surface coating that can inhibit or reduce breathability, leading to wet feet from condensation.
Also, many waterproofing products are solvent-based waxes or 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. Solvent-based products also need to be applied to dry materials.
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid is a completely non-flammable, safe product that you can apply to wet leather, providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) while maintaining breathability.
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, which mask their water repellecy. Therefore, always clean your waterproof footwear with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™. Remember that dirt itself works against water repellency, so regular cleaning will enhance performance.
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid is a safe product to use on breathable waterproof smooth leather footwear. It provides Durable Water Repellency (DWR), maintains breathability and replenishes tanning agents. Additionally, Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid in black/brown restores color.
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid is non-flammable, contains no harmful solvents and is free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons. It has been specifically designed and optimized for smooth leather footwear. The WaterBased formulation is directed to leaks, can be used on wet leather, and will not over-soften.
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).
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ is the product of choice of professional Outdoor trainers.
To find out more about people who are using Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™, and other Nikwax products, take a look at our testimonials page.
- Brush off dirt with a damp cloth and clean using Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™.
- Protect work area. Shake well before use.
- Press sponge applicator to break seal. Apply to wet leather.
- After 2-3 minutes, remove surplus with a cloth.
- Buff with a damp cloth to shine.
Note: Test on a hidden area first. Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ will convert nubuck to a smooth waxy finish.
Leave footwear to dry at room temperature. Paper can be stuffed into the toes to absorb excess moisture; this should be replaced when wet.
Keep footwear away from fires and radiators,as drying too quickly can crack leather and cause bonded soles to peel.