How to Wash a Down Jacket

Hi My name is Scott and I work at Mountain Warehouse In this video I’m going to show you how to wash your down jacket to maintain maximum loft and increase the lifespan the unique properties of down mean special care needs to be taken when washing it It is important to wash your jacket periodically no more than twice a year First Brush off any loose mud or dirt Do up any zips and close any flaps If possible, turn the jacket inside out Second Make sure the detergent compartment of your washing machine is clean of any detergent or softener If necessary, you may wish to run it on a hot wash with nothing in to clear any residues from detergent or softeners Third Set the washing machine to a cold wash on a delicate or wool cycle then place the jacket in the drum Do not wash your jacket in a top loading washing machine as the centre agitator could damage your jacket Four Pour the appropriate amount of cleaner into the detergent compartment It is best to use a cleaner designed for down and technical outerwear Household detergents and softeners can damage the down and feathers and strip the fabric of its water resistant coating Pour two caps full for one jacket if using our Performance Cleaner and 60ml if using our Wash n’proof Five Set the machine to rinse a few times on the longest spin cycle to ensure no cleaner residues are left in the down Sixth Once you have washed your jacket, place it into the tumble dryer A down jacket should not be air dried as this will take a long time The jacket may start smelling and the feathers can begin clumping together Set your tumble dryer to a low heat Don’t be tempted to set this at a high heat as you could cause the seams to melt as well as the outer shell fabric Adding tennis balls to the drier can stop the feathers from clumping together and also re ‘fluff’ the down To prevent clumps of down forming you can take your jacket out of the drier every now and then Make sure to hold the jacket flat and not at one end and then fluff Eighth Ensure your down jacket is 100% dry before removing it from the dryer And that’s how you wash a down jacket Thanks for watching And click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel

15 thoughts on “How to Wash a Down Jacket

  1. did not see this … first
    washed patagonia down jacket
    clumping occured ….held up to light …disturbing sight

    tennis balls were not used during drying

    can i simply re wet and redeye with balls to salvage or is all lost :0

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