Your sleeping bag seems to be like a gear that requires regular maintenance. Do you know that taking proper care of your sleeping bag will help in lasting more and keeping warmer? When it gets dirty smudges, unless it is very dirty you can do spot washing with water, mild soap and using your old toothbrush rub the spot.
We have noticed that when we buy a sleeping bag, it is super puffy and lofty. Over the time it gets less puffy by getting contaminated with body oils, dirt and starts clumping together. When we washed the sleeping bag, the clumps break up and restore the fluffiness and performance too. But you have to maintain a delicate balance, don’t wash it often.
You may think how to wash a sleeping bag. We can help you with it. If the sleeping bag is made of synthetic or hybrid down, you have to follow certain instructions. Also, a double size sleeping bag can be difficult for you to wash with washing machine at home. The best option is to go with laundry. We do not recommend dry cleaning or bleaching the sleeping bag. One more thing, do not use any fabric softener also, it can damage its down fibres.
Planning to wash your sleeping bag at your home means, you need a front load machine and gentle cycle option. A top-loading machine with central agitator may cause damage to your sleeping bag. Never forget these instructions for washing a sleeping bag. They can last for a long time only if you take care of it properly.
Check the Instructions to Follow
Wash it whenever you feel necessary. Check any tears there. Do a sewn patch at home or in the field I use nylon ripstop tape or stick wings of the Band-aid they are best options.
Next, choose the best detergent to clean, specially designed soap is there for cleaning down and better recommended for a synthetic sleeping bag. But use some mild soap only that works fine and rinses it properly. Never use those harsh laundry detergents.
Hand-Wash your Sleeping Bag
Hand washing of sleep bag can be done in a bathtub. It is the best thing to do on a bright and hot sunny day. First fill up the bathtub with some warm water, add the soap then mix it thoroughly.
Before you start, you can check the instructions given by manufacture on the sleeping bag tag. If our washing method differs, then please go with their instructions only.
When it is about drying your washed sleeping bag, the best option you can use is air-drying. Yes, it takes time to dry, but the guarantee is there regarding the protection of outer cloth and insulation from getting over-heating. You have to be careful with using a tumble-dryer, very low heat should be used and make sure there is enough space to tumble freely. The dryer should be large enough otherwise you can take it to your nearby laundromat and use their commercial machine. You can’t leave it there and go, keep checking whether it is drying or not. When it is almost dry, add that tennis ball again to break any insulation that has clumped up.
Today, many people prefer to give for professional launder only. There may be many laundry services available. It is one of the best ways to clean your sleeping bag, also a major investment.
But if you are not interested in that, you can wash it in your home yourself. Washing the sleeping bag is not that tiring thing but drying out maybe. Synthetic ones do not take much time to dry also. Whichever option you choose to wash your sleeping bag, don’t forget to use an only gentle detergent that is specially made for washing down or synthetic items filled.