/ Cleaning Down Sleeping Bag
If it is a 2/3 season bag, I would suggest washing it yourself. I have done it a couple of times in the washing machine with Nikwax down wash, then tumble dried on low with tennis balls (it takes about 3 cycles to dry). The bag comes out clean, smelling fresh and with restored loft.
If you dont want to do it yourself, or its a big bag Rab recommends sending it to W E Franklins in Sheffield. I haven't used the service myself so can't comment, but Im pretty sure they would do a good job.
Hope that helps.
Great stuff, thanks Stranter. Big, heavy 4/5 season bag so ideally looking for it to be proffessionally cleaned.
Great service and nice people to speak with on the phone.
I went to the company in Sheffield that RAB recommend. From recollection it cost about £30, but for a £200 sac that seemed worth the piece of mind in a job well done. Rab are keen to warn you in no uncertain terms about the pitfalls of washing it at home.
I always use one of those slinky silk liners now, in order to keep the bag fresher for longer.
There is no reason not to do it at home. The only thing is if you need to move the bag while wet (ie to a separate drier) Then just handle very carefully to avoid ripping the baffles.
Handling a 4 season bag is different due to the bulk it wont fit in most washing machines and is very heavy when wet. Hence best to send it to professional cleaning.
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