To prolong the life of your
down jacket and to keep it in tip-top condition, follow these guidelines for storing and washing. 1. Storing Over summer, store the jacket flat and opened out i.e. not in a stuff sack or hanging up on a peg (as this will cause the down to settle into the bottom of the jacket’s compartments). Make sure the jacket is stored in a cool, clean and dry place when not in use. 2. Cleaning Cleaning a down jacket takes time and ultimately reduces its effectiveness so it’s best to try and avoid having to clean it too often. If it does get dirty, follow the instructions on the jacket, as different linings need different treatments. Generally, down jackets should be washed at no more than 30 degrees Celsius, preferably with special down soap (such as Nikwax Down Wash). Use lots of water to rinse
each time squeezing
the water out by pushing the water against the sink. Do not
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wring the jacket as this may tear the baffles which spread the down evenly over the jacket. After the last rinse, leave the jacket on a flat rack to drain for a while then tumble dry according to the garments instructions – pay very close attention to the recommended drying temperature. I also find that putting a tennis ball in the dryer along with the jacket assists in returning it to original fluffiness. Have a look at our recommended Down Care Products below. Ready to Buy? Click here for our list of recommended retailers