Storage & Cleaning

DOWN PRODUCTS

STORAGE

Store uncompressed out of direct sunlight in a dry, cool place. If your down feels damp, air it thoroughly before storing away. If the product is still damp after airing a short program in a tumble dryer on a cool setting should restore the loft.

CLEANING

The cleaning of down products is essential to ensure the long life of the product and retain maximum loft from the down. Special care should be taken when cleaning down products to avoid any imperfections. When dried inadequately, the down may become clumpy and uneven. This can result in a failure to perform at the original state and a fall in insulation warmth.

Cleaning Sprayway down products is a time consuming job as the drying process can take several hours. Take consideration before starting that the product will have time to dry. Allow at least 3-4 hours for a jacket and 6-8 hours for a sleeping bag.

1) Hand or machine wash on a gentle 40º cycle with a soap solution such as Nikwax Down Wash, NOT DETERGENT.
2) Rinse to make sure there is no soap residue present within the product. You may wish to repeat the rinse cycle to be sure all soap residue is removed. An extra spin cycle will also help to remove excess water. If you are cleaning a box walled product, when removing it from the washing machine ensure that the weight of the item is supported by ‘cradling’ it in a bath towel or similar. DO NOT just pull from the machine. Failure to do so may result in damage to the down compartments.
3) Immediately after place the product in the tumble dryer and set to a cool setting. Remove the item from the dryer every hour, manipulating the down within the baffles to restore loft. Avoid the temptation to remove the item from the dryer too soon. Although the outer fabrics may feel dry and warm to the touch, down contained within the baffling can still be clumped because of moisture. Note; add tennis balls to the dryer for extra clumping prevention.
4) When finished it is advisable to store uncompressed in a dry, cool place. Airing should continue for two days before use. Failure to allow enough time for the item to dry will result in a flat looking garment that will need to be re-washed and dried again.

Though it is possible to wash your own down product, we recommend that you have your sleeping bag professionally cleaned by a service that specializes in cleaning down. It will save you time and energy.

 

WATERPROOF PRODUCTS

CLEANING

Cleaning Sprayway waterproofs instructions are as follows, a more detailed instruction can be found on the garment label. Machine or hand wash using a technical cleaner such as Nikwax Tech Wash on a 30ºC cycle. AVOID detergents, fabric conditioners, dry cleaning and ironing as these may damage the garment.

Hand dry or tumble dry on a low temperature unless stated differently on the label. Tumble-drying helps maintain the DWR.

REPROOFING

How to Waterproof a Gore-Tex Jacket

Waterproofing a Gore-Tex Jacket will eventually be required because despite the inner layer being a breathable waterproof membrane, the outer layer (shell) of the jacket will lose its waterproofing, soak up water and stay wet, blocking the effect of the Gore Tex. Dirt, grease and muck will also hamper a coat’s breathability.
Re-proofing is quick and easy for all waterproof breathable jackets using a combination of washing and technical re-proofing products such as those made by Nikwax or Grangers.

Step 1:
Wash the garment using a soap-based wash such as Nikwax Tech Wash, or  you can also use pure soap flakes if you can find them in the shops.

A soap-based cleaner will remove dirt from the shell and Gore-Tex membrane. Do NOT use detergents, washing powder or fabric softener because these will block the pores in your Gore-Tex membrane and affect the breathability.

You can either hand-wash or machine-wash your waterproof jacket, but if you choose to machine wash you must remove all trace of washing powder and fabric softener from the machine beforehand, i.e. clean out the drawer and give the drum a quick rinse spin. Bear in mind that if you are using soap flakes, these can clog some washing-machine filters, so keep an eye on your machine if you do it often.

You can rub neat Tech Wash or soap into any areas with stubborn stains before washing. You can even use a soft nailbrush or old toothbrush, but be careful not to damage the shell material.

You’ll need about 100-150ml of Tech Wash per item, depending on how hard your water is.

Step 2:

Rinse the garment thoroughly in clean water or do an extra rinse-cycle in the washing machine.

Step 3a – if the jacket is worn next to the skin or has a wicking layer:

You don’t need to wait for the jacket to dry out from washing…

Lay the jacket out flat and spray the entire outer shell with Nikwax Spray-on TX Direct (or similar).

Make sure you cover all external surfaces of the jacket and leave the TX Direct to soak in for a couple of minutes.

Mop up any excess using a piece of kitchen towel – you don’t want pools of it to form.

Step 3b – if the jacket goes over non-wicking or multiple layers:

You don’t need to wait for the jacket to dry out from washing…

Repeat the washing process (hand or machine) but use 100ml of Nikwax TX-Direct (or similar) instead of Tech Wash.

Again, make sure that there is no trace of detergent, washing powder or fabric softener in your machine beforehand.

Step 4:

Either air-dry or tumble-dry the jacket, depending on what it says on its care label.

Step 5: 
Wear your jacket in the rain and marvel as water runs off it like it was brand-new again.

You should notice two things – the surface treatment causing water to bead and not ‘wet out’ the fabric. And also an improvement in breathability – usually best understood by you feeling less clammy.