HOW DO I CARE FOR MY TEXTILE GARMENT?
Step 1: Remove all protective armour from the shoulder, elbows and back by opening the velcro pocket holding the armour in place and sliding it out. Unzip any removable inner liners
Step 2: Agitate any especially dirty areas with a brush/towel, water and diluted detergent in which no bleach is present
Step 3: Ideally hand wash your jacket with a mild or diluted detergent (without any bleach) in slightly warm water. This gentle wash prevents damage to any mesh or waterproof membranes. Take care by using a gentle wash and spin if you are only able to clean the garment in a washing machine.
Step 4: As an additional and optional treatment use a water repellent wash/spray such as Nikwax to proof the outer garment
Step 5: Hang dry the garment out of direct sunlight but in a warm location and never use a machine dryer. Alternatively lay it flat in a warm area on top of a towel.
Step 6: Once dry replace all armour and liners
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY WAXED COTTON GARMENT?
The outer of your waxed cotton jackets are made from 100% cotton that is treated with a special wax coating. This coating helps acts as a protective barrier against both wind and water, yet still allows the fabric to remain breathable.
Knowing how difficult and harsh the weather can be for us motorcyclists, Merlin also chooses to provide extra support to the wax by specifying that a Reissa waterproof and breathable membrane sits behind the wax. This means that even over a long period when the wax begins to dry out the waterproofing performance of you jacket is not compromised- some riders actually prefer the aged dry look of the wax. The key to getting the most out of your wax cotton jacket is to show it a little care and attention, for which in return it will serve you well for many years.
Step 1: Lightly brush off any dirt or soil, and if necessary use a cold damp cloth to wipe down the jacket. Clean your jacket regularly to maintain its appearance but go easy as the wax will be removed. Dried mud, sand or grit are abrasive to the wax, especially along inner sleeve seams and this is the reason why we recommend brushing off regularly. Leaving the jacket to dry naturally for 24 hours in a well ventilated area.
Step 2: Re-waxing the jacket when the jacket loses its waxed appearance/finish. Purchase a waxed cotton dressing tin from a number of online retailers and heat the tin of reproofing wax so that it becomes pliable and easy to apply. You can place the tin into a pan of hot water and warm it gently. Evenly apply the wax with a lint-free cloth, paying attention to seams. Allow the wax to settle and dry slightly and remove any excess build up. Use a hair dryer to melt the wax into the jacket- allowing an even spread of wax. Allow the jacket to dry in a well ventilated area for 24 hours.
Do not machine wash or tumble dry. Do not iron. Do not wipe with hot water. Avoid soap and detergents. Keep you jacket on a hanger to maintain its shape and appearance in a dry place.
HOW TO CARE FOR MY ALTON/HIXON LEATHER JACKETS?
The leather on these jackets is actually a naked leather. We advise that you do not have to use a specialist cleaner at all and because of the naked finish it will absorb moisture very easily.
Look to buy an aniline leather cleaner and then an aniline leather guard/protector, as this would be the best option for maintaining and preserving the leather.
You can also buy aniline moisturiser independently to put moisture back in to the leather at longer intervals. We recommend testing these products in a small inconspicuous area first before applying to the entire garment. .
Saddle soap or a milk oil are two further alternative suggestions, but these can darken the garment due to the natural absorption of a naked leather.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY MOTORCYCLE BOOTS?
Step 1: After each ride ensure that all dirt and grease is wiped off the boot and if the boots are wet that they are wiped dry with a cloth or preferably a stiff brush, paying attention to panel seams. For areas of the boots with plastic mouldings mild soapy can be applied to remove crease spots.
Step 2: Depending on how often you ride and what the conditions have been like, a leather cleaner will help to begin the restoration process, in returning your boots to an ‘out of the box finish’. A number of leather boot cleaners are available on the market and each with its own set of instructions for application to different types of leathers. Please note that some of our leather finishes such as the Crazy Horse finish or the Aniline leather finish are developed with special treatments and therefore the normal leather cleaners for polished leathers should not be used.
Step 3: Once you have followed the leather boot cleaning instructions and the boots are completely dry, for additional protection apply a leather protector which again can be bought from a number of retailers. Further please see point 2 and be aware of cleaning specialist (exotic) leathers.
Do not use strong cleaning products on leather, the use of mild cleaning products prevents the weakening of the materials, colour and finish.