I have a down jacket that's become a little aromatic. Not full on 1970s Snell's Field, but noticeable.
All the instructions I've found online suggest tumble drying with tennis balls to dry and de-clump the down, but I don't have access to a tumble dryer. Anybody have experience of doing this successfully? I assume I'm going to need to massage down clumps by hand to break them up, direct sunlight bad, etc.
Honestly it’s just worth going to a laundrette or asking a neighbour with a tumble drier and using tennis/laundry balls as you said.
I’ve tried the by hand method when a student and it really doesn’t work especially well, the down when wet is much more delicate.
I’d second the “find a tumble drier advice”. Surprisingly easy with, absolute nightmare without…….
The bigger tumble drier the better!
Thanks both. Laundrettes seem to be a lot rarer than they were before nearly everybody had a washing machine at home, but it it turns out they do still exist and there's even one not too far from me. Will pay it a visit at some point.
> I’ve tried the by hand method when a student
You could afford a down jacket as a student? Geese hadn't evolved yet when I were at uni (etc)
Just check the temperature is ok and use the lowest setting.
I say this, as someone I knew at Uni tried tumbledrying his base layers in the hall tumble dryer and got a lump of melted plastic back in return!
I have washed a down jacket successfully without a tumble drier. I used a hairdryer on it. It took ages but did seem to fluff up the down nicely and stop it clumping.
Perfectly doable without a tumble dryer. Choose a windy day and hang it out on the washing line and periodically check it and give it a shake.
Probably not what you’re looking for, but I got some little holes repaired by Lancashire Sports Repairs and my jackets got cleaned by them at the same time.
I’ve never managed to get a good loft again when cleaning jackets myself (with balls and tumble dryer) but their service made the jacket feel like new again. Obviously it’s more expensive but if I wasn’t cleaning regularly I’d probably just send mine off there again once a year or so.
> Probably not what you’re looking for
Not at all, getting a professional to do the job was also an option I considered. Problem being that my local specialist shop has a turnaround time of 3 to 4 weeks, meaning I either have to get my finger out right now before it gets cold, or resign myself to stinking (a bit) until the spring
A last bit of advice - make sure the patches are up to being washed. I've a jacket where I have an empty baffle because I forgot to sort out the gaffer tape and now I've got to find some down to fix it - (if anyone has a good hand full of down they don't want let me know!)
Also might be worth using the wash-in hydrophobic treatment stuff to can get - this has made my old jacket much better in a light shower and quicker to refluff after a soaking.
Apart from that I'm in the "find a tumble dryer" crowd.
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