Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

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Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby groovymango21 » Thu 28 Jul, 2022 8:50 pm

Hi everyone,
My down sleeping bag (and puffy jacket) are in desperate need of a good wash! I don't trust myself to do it myself, is there anyone who could kindly recommend someone in Canberra to do a professional wash? Thanks heaps!
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 29 Jul, 2022 8:55 am

It's a simple and easy job to DIY if you have a bath and a plastic laundry basket but winter is not the right time to be washing down goods.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby Warin » Fri 29 Jul, 2022 10:09 am

Agree that now is not the time for it. The jacket would be easier than the bag simply because there is less of it, so do that one first.

My washing machine has a 'hand wash' program ... uses some 90 litres of water. Not tried it yet... I'll be trying it on an old synthetic bag first when the weather warms up and the chance of rain recedes.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby Lamont » Fri 29 Jul, 2022 12:25 pm

Hi everyone,
My down sleeping bag (and puffy jacket) are in desperate need of a good wash! I don't trust myself to do it myself, is there anyone who could kindly recommend someone in Canberra to do a professional wash? Thanks heaps!



Have you contacted the big outdoor places in Canberra? There is someone there that does it I've been led to believe.

Other than that-'Remote Repairs' in Victoria.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby matagi » Fri 29 Jul, 2022 12:44 pm

Maybe give Mont in Fyshwick a call. They might be able to recommend someone.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby philm » Fri 29 Jul, 2022 2:30 pm

I just had One Planet in Melbourne wash mine. They do all branded bags not just there own.
The price includes the return postage so you have to pay to get it to them.
I was happy with the result
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby Zapruda » Sat 30 Jul, 2022 7:26 am

Ainslie Laundrette specialise in washing down. They are the people Mont recommend.

I’ve had a a few jackets and quilts washed there over the years and the outcome has always been really good and the price pretty fair imo.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby myrtlegirl » Mon 01 Aug, 2022 8:51 pm

All the info on washing down items says you have to be super careful, use special stuff, dry with a tennis ball, etc.

BUT........

I wash my sleeping bag with ordinary washing powder, in a big front loader washing machine (2 x load) at the laundrette, costs $8, takes 30min. I should probably use proper down wash stuff from the bushwalking shop, but my bag seems just fine. I'd handwashed an old down jacket with Omo and it came up fine, then I did a double doona at the laundrette and it was great, so I took a chance with my good sleeping bag (700g down 700 loft with lightweight shell) and it seems just fine, fluffy, warm, down dispersed around, and smells so much better now.

Then I pop it the dryer at the laundrette. After an hour ($12) it's dry, or if I can't wait that long I give it 20min and take it home and hang it in a warm living area for 2-3 days. In summer I don't use the dryer at all, just hang it on the line for a day.
I don't use a tennis ball in the dryer like some say, but despite this the down naturally unclumps as it dries and I give it a bit of a shake. I figure a tennis ball just rubs against the shell and squishes the feathers, neither of which seems a good idea to me.

I've tried washing a doona in the bath tub. Geez, what a palaver, for a pretty poor result. I got soaked, water all over the floor, and the doona didn't really come up all that clean, still smelt a bit of old socks, mixed in with eau de beans-for-dinner.

Has anyone tried the above methods and got a bad result? Or wrecked their down item with an alternative wash method?
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby potato » Tue 02 Aug, 2022 8:43 am

myrtlegirl wrote:All the info on washing down items says you have to be super careful, use special stuff, dry with a tennis ball, etc.

BUT........

I wash my sleeping bag with ordinary washing powder, in a big front loader washing machine (2 x load) at the laundrette, costs $8, takes 30min. I should probably use proper down wash stuff from the bushwalking shop, but my bag seems just fine. I'd handwashed an old down jacket with Omo and it came up fine, then I did a double doona at the laundrette and it was great, so I took a chance with my good sleeping bag (700g down 700 loft with lightweight shell) and it seems just fine, fluffy, warm, down dispersed around, and smells so much better now.

Then I pop it the dryer at the laundrette. After an hour ($12) it's dry, or if I can't wait that long I give it 20min and take it home and hang it in a warm living area for 2-3 days. In summer I don't use the dryer at all, just hang it on the line for a day.
I don't use a tennis ball in the dryer like some say, but despite this the down naturally unclumps as it dries and I give it a bit of a shake. I figure a tennis ball just rubs against the shell and squishes the feathers, neither of which seems a good idea to me.

I've tried washing a doona in the bath tub. Geez, what a palaver, for a pretty poor result. I got soaked, water all over the floor, and the doona didn't really come up all that clean, still smelt a bit of old socks, mixed in with eau de beans-for-dinner.

Has anyone tried the above methods and got a bad result? Or wrecked their down item with an alternative wash method?


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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby ribuck » Wed 03 Aug, 2022 4:07 am

X3. Many recent down bags have a water repellent treatment applied to the down, and as a result the bag doesn't absorb very much water.

I washed mine, with down detergent bought from an outdoor shop, in my front-loader washing machine (never put a sleeping bad in a machine with an agitator). I used the "delicate" cycle and the fast spin. The bag dried overnight, hung up in a warm room, and lofts as much as ever.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby WestcoastPete » Wed 03 Aug, 2022 3:47 pm

x4

It was scary the first time but it's just washing something a touch delicate. You just wash it with a touch more care
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby Tortoise » Wed 03 Aug, 2022 3:48 pm

Decades ago, I washed my first down sleeping bag, doing all the right things. It was never the same again. Never washed one since - just inner sheets.
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Re: Washing down sleeping bag - ACT

Postby Huntsman247 » Thu 04 Aug, 2022 9:36 am

I do the front loader on a delicate cycle with down detergent and into the tumble dryer with some tennis balls. My sleeping bag is translucent with 10d fabric and never had an issue. I've got lots of down gear that I was this way.

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