Storm Proofing And Cleaning
If you’re anything like us, your first question about Storm, who produce a wide range of technical cleaning and reproofing products, is what makes them different and/or better than the usual suspects, Nikwax and Grangers. So that’s what we asked them.
First, they say, they use a technology new to the outdoor industry which is neither silicone or fluoro-chemical based – the latter being particularly controversial. It’s used commercially by the likes of VauDe and Haglöfs for their original, environmentally friendly, DWR treatments.
Next, they say, the way their treatments work mean you can use them in a single washing machine cycle, but treating the proofer like a fabric conditioner and using the relevant compartment. The cleaner prepares the fabric and makes it more receptive to the proofer they say giving the best possible outcome.
They also claim that Storm products will give the same number of treatments regardless of water hardness and you can use the same treatment on hard-shell or soft-shell fabrics allowing mixed wash loads.
All the brand’s ‘Eco’ products are PFC free, but do need to be heat cured for maximum effectiveness. They do produce an air-cured alternative using short 6 fluoro-chemicals, the less harmful of the kind. It’s also worth noting that fluoro-based treatments not only repel water, but also increase resistance to staining from oils and dirt.
All of which is interesting, but the real question is ‘how well do they work’ compared to the competition. And that’s exactly what we’re aiming to find out in the future, by putting together an objective comparative test of the leading care brands in identical conditions. Watch this space.