While waxing a bit of cotton, canvas or twill may seem intimidating, we assure you that it's not. Here are a few steps to make it easy and to do it correctly.

  • Start with a clean surface
  • Heat the fabric with a hair dryer to warm it up a little bit. This will help the fabric absorb the wax.
  • Rub a bar of Otter Wax along the fabric. Be careful around the seams. If you go over a seam, it will grab a chunk of wax and will make spreading the wax difficult.
  • Work the wax in with your fingers. Make a nice even coat, then use your hair dryer to help heat the applied wax and allow it to soak in evenly into the fabric.
  • Let the fabric dry and the wax to soak in. It will take a few days for the stickiness to go away, but after all, it is a waterproofing treatment.

The waxing or re-waxing treatment will always darken the fabric up a little bit as well as add a luster. Be sure to test it on a small area to see if you like it and how the fabric reacts. To clean, use a cold damp cloth and gently rub on the soiled area. Re-applying wax isn't necessary too often unless you machine wash the piece you waxed or wear it everyday. Once or twice a year is acceptable.