Greenland Wax – tuning for your outdoor clothes
1968 was the year of birth of a completely new and innovative material – G1000®. Fjallraven designed this material to protect outdoor friends reliably against bad weather conditions. It is proven and beloved by outdoor experts all over the planet. The advantages are its water repellent and wind resistant force and especially its high durability. Moreover it ensures UV-protection and protection against mosquitos, due to a very dense wove. But in some areas of application there are needed additional functions. Therefore Fjallraven designed a product which makes the G1000® clothes even more versatile and functional: the Greenland Wax!
Every single G1000® can be treated with this simple but smart impregnation agent. It consists partly of beeswax which results as a by-product of honey production and partly of pure paraffin. The second one is mostly used in the cosmetics industry to make skin soft and gentle again. Greenland Wax is more environmentally friendly than chemical impregnation agents and it is made exclusively by hand. The paraffin is cooked in big boiler. It will be mixed with the beeswax when it has reached the right temperature. Curiously the boiler is the same one as 60 yeas ago. The fluid is casted and dried as soon the ingredients are evenly mixed. Fjallraven produces circa 70.000 Greenland Waxes per year.
How to treat clothes with Greenland Wax
The environmentally friendly Greenland Wax impregnates your clothes and is easy to use. You only need an iron or a hairdryer to apply the wax. You can also improvise with a gas cooker when you are out and about.
Take the wax in your hand and coat the fabric with it. Spread it evenly and rub the log against the fiber structure with extensive movements. It would be perfect if the fabric absorbed the same amount of wax everywhere.
Heat up the iron or take your hairdryer to melt the wax until it is infiltrated in the fibers. You should find out the perfect distance to ensure that the item of clothing is not damaged by the heat. Don’t forget to clean your iron before you use it for other clothes. If you want to melt the wax by the flame of a gas cooker it is even more important that you find out the right distance to the flame.
You can retry the procedure if you want to improve the impregnation for highly stressed parts of the clothes. Highly stressed parts are for example the knees of trousers.
Tips and tricks
- You should wash your impregnated clothes before you start activities in warm climate zones. This is to increase the breathability.
- It is enough to wax the front of your jacket if you travel with a backpack. Because on this way you ensure waterproofness and also breathability (at the back).
- Especially the seams should be well impregnated. Because this makes your G1000® fabric even more water repellent and windproof.
How to wash G1000® fabrics
In general the G1000® fabrics should be washed by 40°C. Clothes which are not only made of G1000® should be treated as the integrated care instruction explains it. If you want to remove the GreenlandWax of your clothes it will take two or three washes. But you don’t have to wax your clothes after every single wash.
You should wash G1000® clothes only with similar colored fabrics to prevent discoloration.You can iron the clothes with low heat if you get the feeling that the wax has lost its effect during the wash. With that you pull the wax to surface of the fibers. You will feel the difference!