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Sleeping Bags - Care and Maintenance

Sleeping Bags - Care and Maintenance This section focuses mainly on the Care and Maintenance of Down Sleeping Bags. As what was discussed in the Sleeping Bag Buying Guide, they can best be cleaned by bringing it to the dry cleaner. However, if you feel you would like to try to clean it at home (please give it careful consideration before starting), then follow the instructions below very carefully.
  1. Carefully hand-wash the item in warm water (40C) with a soap solution, NOT DETERGENT.
  2. Rinse thoroughly, making sure there is no soap residue present within the product.
  3. Squeeze out all excess water gently with your hands and transfer item with care to a washing machine. A delicate 'spin' programme is recommended.
  4. If you are cleaning a box walled garment or sleeping bag, ensure that the weight of the item is supported by 'cradling' in a bath towel or similar. Failure to do so may result in damage to the down compartments.
  5. Immediate tumble drying should commence in a commercial dryer on a 'cool' setting. Check the item periodically and repeatedly turn inside out. The down contained within the baffling may require further manipulation in order to restore the loft.
  6. Avoid the temptation of removing the item from the dryer too soon. Although the outer fabrics may feel dry and warm to the touch; down contained within the baffling can still be clumped because of moisture.
  7. The drying process can take several hours. When finished, it is advisable to store the uncompressed bag in a dry, cool place. Airing should continue for two days before use.
Even before following the steps listed above, consider carefully if you are willing to clean your Sleeping Bag yourself, more so because Down Sleeping Bags are much more expensive than Synthetic ones. Aside from that, proper care of your equipment would ensure you that you would be able to use it for a much longer time. So remember to invest in your equipment wisely and make that investment worth it and more than that. For more on buying the right kind of Sleeping Bag for you, please refer to our Sleeping Bags Buying Guide.
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