I have a Navy Kate Barbour, it's 2 years old and I have worn it loads. I have just ordered a tin of wax to reproof it and I wondered if it would be possible to give it a gentle machine wash before hand.
I know they are only supposed to be sponged with cold water but am so tempted to give it a try. Thought I would consult the wisdom of MN first though.
Just copied this off the Barbour site - Clean the jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water, any kind of soap and NEVER put the jacket in the washing machine, as this will remove the wax coating permanently and the jacket cannot be rewaxed. So probably not a good idea then!
I'm a dry cleaner and we re wax jackets . I have never washed waxed cotton . There are lots and lots if things I have washed which are d/c only . This isn't one of them . Get some hot soapy water and squeeze out the cloth well and sort of wipe it . Don't over wet it . It's a messy, stinky job re waxing . Get some of those throw away gloves and use your hands , you will get a better result .