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Arbortec maintenance page - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
To ensure optimal performance and longevity, it is essential to properly maintain your chainsaw trousers, treating them as you would any other piece of equipment.
This guide will provide Arbortec users useful advice on how to properly maintain their protective chainsaw apparel.
Use our Nikwax techwash to wash your smock. To be used on wet weather gear, easy and quick to apply at home in a washing machine. Our Nikwax is able to develop full water-repellency without tumble drying.
Ensure that you do not dry your smock on heat source such as radiator, as this will ruin the taped seams.
Do up all zips on your smock before putting the garment in the washing machine to prevent the zips from becoming damaged.
The reason the water beads up and rolls off the outer of the smock is due to the water repellence finish, known as a bounce-out finish.
This finish is temporary and over time will wear off with washing. When you notice the water is no longer beading up and rolling off the smock, you can re-proof your coat with our Nikwax TX.Direct wash in waterproofing for wet weather clothing, this will add water repellence and revives breathability.
Treat before first use
Leather boots perform two important functions when it comes to being in the outdoors, firstly they keep our feet dry in wet conditions and secondly, they prevent injury by protecting our feet and supporting our ankles. Both of these functions are affected by water repellence.
Wet leather is also much less breathable than dry leather. Our Nikwax Waterproofing wax for smooth leather such as Profell, Fellhunter, Scafell Lite in Brown and Scafell Boots in Black and Brown, is easy to apply and works immediately, allowing you to treat your boots at any time before you go out. Our Arbortec footwear cream can be used on all boots including our suede boots, but for suede specifically, we recommend our Nikwax Nubuck and Suede proof cream.
1. First wash off dirt with water or use a soap based cleaner like Nikwax footwear cleaning gel
2. You don't need to wait for your boots to dry before cleaning the product
3. You can use your fingers to rub Nikwax into your boots as they do not contain any harmful chemicals
4. Once applied, remove any excess product with a damp cloth
If your Arbortec boots happen to get wet:
If the boots are wet, it is essential to dry them thoroughly to prevent any potential damage or discomfort. We recommend removing the insoles and stuffing the boots with crumpled newspaper or using a boot dryer to speed up the drying process.
It's important to avoid direct heat sources like heaters or fire, as they can cause the boots to crack.
Following these maintenance practices will help keep your Arbortec chainsaw boots in excellent condition, ensuring their reliability and durability in the challenging forest environment.
5. Make sure you put your equipment on correctly like in the video demonstration below with one of our own ambassadors, Katie Curwen, to maintain the longevity of your chainsaw boots.
6. After working it is crucial to take time to clean your boots, remove footbed and laces so you can clean the hard to get places we recommend using a specialist boot brush or soft tooth brush. Please note: all cleaning of boots should be done by hand not using a washing machine, and stored in a well-ventilated, dry place.
warranty and lifespan info
The lifespan, or 'working life' of any piece of Arbortec apparel depends on the nature of its use and how it is cared for. If a product is cared for well and only given light use, it will obviously last longer than a product which is used heavily and not cared for at all.
To establish if a product is still safe to use, it should be inspected regularly. This inspection should be carried out at regular intervals - and the product should be removed from service immediately if any defects are found.