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January 03, 2021
In an aim to create beautiful functional products, we use waxed canvas for its utility, style, and eco-friendly nature.
Waxed canvas, or sometimes referred to as waxed cotton or oilcloth, is cotton material that has been soaked or woven with paraffin or wax which creates a waterproof barrier.
Waxed canvas can feel a bit harder to the touch than other cotton fabrics, however this fades as it is worn in over time and will eventually develop a patina, much like leather does.
Waxed canvas was first used by sailors as early as the 15th century when they discovered that coating their sails in fish oils and grease improved sailing performance. They made themselves rain capes and slickers from the remanence, which became the first clothing to be made from waxed canvas.
As time went on, improvements were made on the types of oils and wax used, and in the early 1900s, the military started using it for applications such as uniforms, tents, and duffles because of its durability, comfort, and water resistance.
After WWII, waxed canvas started being produced commercially in Britain as heavy duty rainwear. You can now find waxed canvas used in a wide range of consumer products, from clothing to shoes to bags and camping gear. And of course, dog rain jackets!
Wag Theory waxed jackets are made with 10oz waxed canvas and lined with lightweight nylon ripstop, specifically chosen to balance durability with comfort so that your pup will not be restricted in movement, but will stay dry during all of his rainy day activities!
After each use, simply shake the water off your pup’s jacket and allow it to air dry. If there are loose dirt particles, they will easily come off once the jacket has dried.
To clean, gently use a scrub brush with water, rinse, and let dry. For spots or stains, use a bar of mild bar soap, saddle soap, or waxed canvas cleaner, but always test a small area first.
Do not machine wash, dry clean, or use detergent on your waxed canvas products, as this will remove the protectant coating.
See the following video for a tutorial:
To maintain the rainproof quality of your Wag Theory jacket, reapply wax annually or spot treat as needed.
What you'll need:
Prep Your Jacket
Once you have cleaned and dried your jacket using the instructions above, use a lint roller to remove any excess hair.
Apply Wax + Heat
Using a rag or old t-shirt, rub a thin layer of wax onto the areas that need treatment.
Then using a blow dryer or heat gun, heat the area where wax was applied. You will notice the wax start to spread and look shiny. This is the desired effect.
Blot Excess Wax + Hang to Dry
Using kraft paper or part of a paper bag, blot the areas where wax was applied to soak up any excess.
Hang the jacket for a few hours (or overnight) to allow the wax to set.
And if you have any additional questions about waxed canvas, feel free to drop them in the comments below!
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