Looking After Your Down Jacket

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 the garment, each time squeezing the water out by pushing the water against the sink. Do not 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.

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1 Comment »

  1. Kerry said,

    December 4, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the instructions! I just bought my first down jacket from Jack Wolfskin, for a trip to Sweden. It’s really warm & comfy!

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