/ Cleaning Down jackets

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The Patriot - on 16 Jan 2014
Hi all I need a North face down jacket cleaning. Where's the best place to get them done?
RBK - on 16 Jan 2014
Axel Smeets - on 16 Jan 2014
In reply to The Patriot:

The cheaper alternative would be to do it yourself.

I've washed an 8000m down suit and a PHD Minimus jacket in recent years and once dry, they were just as they were prior to the wash. I was a little nervous at first, particularly with the down suit as they don't come cheap, but follow these instructions carefully and you'll be fine.

http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/cleaningdown.php

I used Nikwax down wash

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikwax-Down-Wash-300ml/dp/B001A3AHZY/ref=sr_1_6/279-5069887-3268632?ie=UTF8&...

ow arm - on 16 Jan 2014
In reply to Axel Smeets:

have you also tried their down proof? Im curious to know how well it works
WJV0912 on 16 Jan 2014
I washed my ME down jacket in standard tech wash. I just rinsed it like a motherf*cker afterwards in loads of clean water, then hung it out and picked at it for days to stop it clumping. Came up brand new and subsequently I sold it for 50 more than I bought it for even though it'd been heavily used!
WILLS - on 16 Jan 2014
In reply to The Patriot:

I followed the advice on berghaus' website. Jacket took an age to dry in the tumbler on low. But no clumping, which was nice.
Axel Smeets - on 16 Jan 2014
In reply to owena:

> have you also tried their down proof? Im curious to know how well it works

No, I've not used that stuff so can't help you there. I have wondered how well it works though.
markh554 on 17 Jan 2014
In reply to The Patriot:

I used the down cleaner by nikwax. Put some towels in the washer first without any detergent to clean the system. And tumble on low with a couple of tennis balls in. The balls knock the feathers about to stop clumping.
chris fox on 17 Jan 2014
In reply to WJV0912:

I did a similar thing, and if you put it on a low tumble dry and put 2 tennis balls in the dryer your down doesn't clump together
alisonk on 17 Jan 2014
In reply to chris fox:

I've used http://www.classicleanofharrogate.co.uk/ after they were recommended in TGO, as I'm only down the road I popped in with 3 sleeping bags and 2 down jackets. They did a really good job and seem to understand down!
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inboard - on 17 Jan 2014
In reply to chris fox:

and, if you don't have tennis balls, you can wash in the machine without them on a gentle cycle & slow spin and, as the garment air dries slowly, shake it regularly. I've done this 3 times now with no problems to any of the 3 jackets washed - certainly no persistently clumped down. Takes 3-4 days to dry fully, but our flat is quite cool - no doubt would be faster with an airing cupboard or a warm house.

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