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Sleeping Bags

SLEEPING BAG CARE AND CLEANING

Down Fill:

Professional cleaning services:

1.         Send the bag to a cleaner experienced in cleaning down products who will guarantee their work.

2.         A quality service will launder your bag, rather than dry cleaning it.

3.         Solvents used in dry cleaning can strip the natural oils from the feathers that help the bag retain loft.

If cleaning at home:

1.         Close zippers and velcro tabs.

2.         Machine wash in front-loading machine or large tub with cold water and mild soap (Ivory Flakes, Woolite, Sport Wash, Etc.). DO NOT use detergents, bleach or fabric softener. DO NOT use an agitator-style, top-loading machine. The agitator could cause damage to shell and insulation not covered under warranty.

3.         Rinse thoroughly in clean water, making absolutely sure that all soap residue is removed from the feathers.

4.         When you are sure that all of the soap residue has been removed, drip dry or tumble dry at a no- heat setting. It may take several hours to completely dry the bag.

5.         Clean tennis balls may be used in the dryer to restore loft.

6.         Check your bag frequently while it is drying.

 

Synthetic Fill:

1.         DO NOT DRY CLEAN.

2.         Close zippers and velcro tabs.

3.         Machine wash in front-loading machine (DO NOT use an agitator-style, top-loading machine. The agitator could cause damage to shell and insulation not covered under warranty) with cold water and mild soap (Ivory Flakes, Woolite, Sport Wash, Etc.) Not detergents. Do NOT use bleach or fabric softener.

4.         Rinse thoroughly; double rinse if necessary to eliminate soap residue.

5.         Line dry only. DO NOT use a dryer to dry. (Heat in dryer may cause damage to bag not covered by warranty.) Unzip & dry open.

6.         Dryer can be used to fluff bag only, NO HEAT, fluff cycle only.

 

Storage

Between trips, it is best to store your bag in a large, cotton sack. Never use a plastic bag since it can trap moisture and encourage mold, mildew and bacterial growth. Try to never store your sleeping bag in a small stuff sack since, over time, this reduces the loft of the sleeping bag.

Courtesy of Kelty

 

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