‘How do I wash and care for my down jacket, clothing and equipment?’ a daunting task that could completely destroy a jacket! Some professional have advised not to wash your down jacket. It’s a controversial aftercare discussion.
Down garments shouldn't require regular laundering. However, after extended periods of wear down filled products can become contaminated with a build up of dirt, grease and body oils. At this stage it is advisable to clean your garment in order to restore the downs loft and longevity.
We always recommend that you consult the care labels ahead of any wash or drying process.
If you have any hesitancy about washing your down garment or sleeping bag we recommend talking to a specialist down cleaning company. A local dry cleaner may be able to advise the best approach.
Always consult the care label attached to the garment ahead of any wash or drying process.
How do I wash my Montane down Jacket or sleeping bag?
If you choose to launder your down garment at home, machine wash it at 30°C on a gentle cycle with a down specific cleaning agent. Ensure all zips and hook & loop sections are fastened, then place your garment on an additional rinse cycle.
How do I rejuvenate the down in my down jacket or sleeping bag?
To rejuvenate the loft of your down garment it is essential that it is tumble dried. Place on a low heat setting, with 2 drier balls or clean tennis balls inside the drum, removing the garment every 15 minutes to check it.
Once the down begins to dry it will start to loft again, at which stage the garment can be very gently shaken to agitate and redistribute the down. Continue to tumble dry at 15 minute intervals until the down is dry.
Where should I store my down jacket or sleeping bag?
To maintain the loft and preserve the natural properties of the down, Montane recommends that you store down garments and sleeping bags loose and not stuffed in their drybags.