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Nikwax Launches Deodorizing Wash for Wetsuits

June 3, 2024

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Kate Ketschek at Revolution House Media, 

[Seattle, WA, June 3, 2024]— Nikwax, the international leader in technical cleaners and waterproofing products for outdoor gear and apparel, has developed a high-powered deodorizing cleaner and conditioner to help extend the useful life of wetsuits and neoprene items. Offered in a 1-liter bottle, Wetsuit Refresh is now available in the US and Canada.

Wetsuits are an investment piece, so caring for them is important to ensure they last as long as possible. Nikwax Wetsuit Refresh deodorizes and removes the build-up of salt, chlorine, body oils, urine, and other grime from wetsuits and neoprene items. In addition to contributing to odor build-up, all these contaminants have the potential to degrade the neoprene, causing it to wear out more quickly. By removing these contaminants, eliminating odors, and keeping neoprene soft and supple, Nikwax Wetsuit Refresh extends the lifetime of treated items.

“Nikwax has always been focused on extending the life of all types of outdoor gear,” said Nikwax Global CEO, Brian Davidson. “When we heard that an estimated 8,380 tons of wetsuits wind up in the landfill each year, we knew we needed to create a solution to help surfing, scuba, and watersports participants keep their wetsuits and neoprene items going for as long as possible. With Wetsuit Refresh and the rest of the Refresh line, we are also pleased to have more product options for our retailers for the warm weather months.”

Wetsuit Refresh:

  • Cleans effectively, removes contaminants, and eliminates odors.
  • Conditions, keeping the material soft and supple.
  • Extends the life of wetsuits and neoprene items.
  • Is not harmful to aquatic life.
  • Contains no PFAS, biocides, enzymes, or biological agents.
  • Recommended for neoprene and Yulex®.

About Nikwax

Founded in 1977, Nikwax is the trusted global leader in environmentally safe cleaning and waterproofing solutions that extend the performance life of outdoor clothing, footwear, and equipment. The brand also supplies top-performing PFAS-free hydrophobic down and DWR applications for outdoor brands. Nikwax’s 47-year commitment to clean chemistry means never using PFAS or aerosols, and not testing on animals. Its product line is water-based and non-persistent, and all product bottles and lids are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic that can also be recycled. Nikwax has carbon balanced all 47 years of its operations and became an employee-owned trust in 2022. For media inquiries and more information, please contact Kate Ketschek at Revolution House Media,