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Insulation Care Guide

By Cotswold Outdoor
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This guide explains how to wash a down jacket, as well as other down and synthetic products and help you care for your down and synthetic insulated garments more effectively, so they perform better, for longer.

Looking after your insulated clothing and treating it properly with the right care products will help to revive essential water repellency and also retain the insulating properties of the garment.

Don’t forget to check the care label on your garment for any specific instructions. Whether your insulated jacket is filled with down or synthetic material, follow our washing and drying tips below.

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HOW TO WASH A DOWN JACKET

Caring for down can be complicated, this step-by -step guide explains how to wash a down jacket, as well as dry and reproof it afterwards.

How to wash a down jacket

WASHING DOWN

We highly recommend having down jackets and sleeping bags professionally cleaned, as it is a very technical process which if done wrong can ruin the garment, sometimes irreversibly.

 

 

However, if you want to machine wash it at home check the care label to ensure you set the right temperature on the washing machine and use a Nikwax Down wash or something similar.

Down jacket care instructions

DRYING DOWN

The best way to dry down is in a tumble drier. Always check the care label of your garment for guidance on heat settings.

Regularly check your garment shaking it out and pulling the clusters apart every 20 – 30 minutes, in between tumble drying. Ensure it is totally dry to avoid any clumps, then air out for a few days.

An easy mistake to make is tumble drying your down garment for half an hour or so until the outer fabric is dry, assuming that the down clusters inside are also dry. When down gets wet the clusters collapse, forming clumps. If left damp garments can be rendered useless next time you go to grab them from the cupboard.

Store it uncompressed and keep it dry. Try to avoid using down in damp environments.

Down care products

RE-PROOF YOUR GARMENT

To restore waterproofing, repeat these steps using Nikwax Down Proof.

HOW TO WASH SYNTHETIC GARMENTS

Synthetic jackets require a slightly simpler process and can be treated more like regular clothing. However, always check the care label for instructions.

Washing synthetic products

WASHING SYNTHETICS

To machine wash your garment at home check the care label to ensure you set the right temperature on the washing machine and use a Nikwax Down wash or something similar.

Drying synthetic products

DRYING SYNTHETICS

Check the care label for guidance on heat settings, tumble dry the item regularly taking it out and shaking it. Ensure the garment is totally dry, then air out for a few days.

Reproofing insulated products

RE-PROOF

To replace DWR (durable water repellency) repeat these steps using Nikwax TX Direct wash-in treatment. Doing this will revive your jacket’s water repellency and improve breathability.

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