Waxed Cotton Care | How To Re-Wax Waxed Cotton - Wingback

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December 22, 2022 3 min read

Wingback luggage is built to last, made from organic, waxed cotton from Scotland. Use this guide to look after your new Wingback for the long haul.

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The Everyday Pack is hand made from double-layered waxed cotton from Halley Stevensons, a world renowned textile company based in Dundee, Scotland.

Trusted by the likes of clothing company Barbour, Halley Stevensons has been making fabrics for over 150 years, taking pride to only use responsibly sourced cotton and low impact manufacturing.

The waxed cotton we’ve used throughout the Everyday Pack offers high water resistance, high abrasion resistance, is 100% organic and fully recyclable. It's also fluorocarbon-free, making it kinder on the planet too.

Nevertheless, it’s worth routinely giving the surface a clean and occasionally re-waxing the outer material – just like you would to maintain your motor – to optimise its performance for the long haul.

Learn more about how waxed cotton ages and use our tips below to maintain your Everyday Pack.
The Everyday Pack is compatible with reinforced Halo Straps, designed to add versatility for your commute and beyond. Take a closer look here.

Close up of the waxed cotton surface of the Everyday Pack by Wingback


Traditional waxed cotton is low maintenance. The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable and unlike many alternatives, it can be maintained by its end user.

In the first few weeks it might pick up a bit of dirt and scuffs on its journey which can be easily wiped clean with a slightly damp cloth.

However, you should never use soap or detergents. We also strongly advise against popping your Everyday Pack in the washing machine, tumble drier, getting it dry cleaned or taking the iron to it.

Over the years it might start to crack, crease and patina – which is all part of the beautiful character of using natural materials.

Depending on use, the wax will start to come off the fabric and you might start to notice some fading in high abrasion areas, revealing the original dyed shade of the material.

Re-applying wax darkens the dyed shade and restores its weatherproof properties. Typically Halley Stevensons recommends re-waxing the material once a year.

Close up of the waxed cotton on the Everyday Pack by Wingback



According to Halley Stevenson’s instructions, all you need to re-wax waxed cotton is a pan of hot water, a soft cloth or sponge and choice of reproofing wax (which you can order here).

Use these tips to reapply waxed cotton to your Everyday Pack.

1. Brush off any dirt or grit
2. Sponge down with cold water
3. Stand the tin of wax in hot water to soften the dressing
4. Work the dressing well into the fabric using the cloth or sponge
5. Pay attention to seams, creases and dry patches
6. Rub in well but don’t paint it on
7. Avoid using excess dressing
8. For a “factory” finish, blow evenly with a hairdryer
9. Hang your Everyday Pack overnight in a warm place


Is waxed cotton waterproof - see how the Everyday Pack by Wingback is built to handle the elements



While re-proofing your Everyday Pack will restore its weatherproof properties, it won’t make it completely impenetrable to water if it takes an unfortunate plunge.

That’s because waxed cotton fabric is naturally breathable. The wax will adjust to ambient temperature, becoming softer and more breathable in warm weather, and stiffer and more wind proof in cold conditions.

To enhance the weatherproofing of the pack, we’ve used double layered waxed cotton inside and out, while its fabric skirt helps shield the YKK zips from the elements.

Ready to put your Everyday Pack to the test?

Ours stood up to a particularly rain-soaked Three Peaks Challenge in testing, but it’s probably best to keep your overhead if need to wade across any rivers on your travels.

Gif of using the zip pullers to open the Everyday Pack by Wingback

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For more wear, care and breaking in instructions, visit our support section here.

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