Warm, lightweight, and breathable, down jackets are investment pieces that remain ever popular with urban explorers and remote adventurers alike. After all of that adventuring, comes a time when you start to think your jacket may need a bath.
The thought of washing your prized investment may seem intimidating. What if it got ruined? What if it clumps up? Would it be fixable? Perhaps I just shouldn’t wash it…
Fear no more! You CAN wash your down jacket. Washing it can help to prolong its performance by getting rid of all of the smells, dirt, and stains.Washing and drying can help to rejuvenate the down by fluffing it back up, and the fluffier it is, the more insulating it is.
Start by closing all zippers, pockets, cuffs, and flaps. Brush off any visible dirt and turn the garment inside out.
Use a specialised detergent such as the Grangers Down Wash because normal detergents can strip the down of its natural oils. Soak your jacket for up to 60 minutes then rinse by gently squeezing the jacket (don’t wring).
Front-load machine wash only your garments at 30° C (86°F) using your specialised detergent.
After washing, gently squeeze (no wringing!) excess water out of the down jacket while laying it down flat. We recommend using a tumble dryer to dry as it rejuvenates the fluff.
In the dryer, place two to three Grangers dry balls in with the jacket and set to low heat. Tumble dry for up to two hours for the best results.
If you don’t have a tumble dry, lay the jacket down to dry (do not hang up). After dry, gently pat the jacket to fluff.
Store your down jacket hung up with room to stretch out so that it keeps its shape. Keeping your down compressed in a stuff sack for long periods can damage the down and its ability to expand back into shape.
Don’t use fabric softeners, conditioners, bleaches or stain removers
Don’t dry clean
Don’t wring out the jacket
Don’t hang out to dry vertically as it would cause the fluff to bunch at the bottom of the jacket
Avoid a top-loader machine as they can be too rough
Don’t store or use damp
Don’t store compressed
Don’t use tennis balls in the dryer, they’re flammable!
It can take anywhere between 24 to 48 hours for a down jacket to dry out so plan ahead and don’t wash it the night before a big trip.
You may consider doing a second rinse cycle of your jacket to make sure all detergent has been removed.
If your jacket has a DWR (durable water repellent) coating, you may want to reproof it using a product such as the Grangers Repel Spray
When in Doubt, Check it Out
For the best result with washing, refer to the garment tags to check for care instructions. You can also refer to the care products for details.
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This is my second pair of these shoes, previous one lasted about 2 years of hard use because they are just so comfortable and easy to put-on or slip on, can wear them with or without socks. Not sure about waterproofing but definitely got soaked in the rain and they dried out well and quick overnight. Great fit for people who have wide feet, as the top is mesh-like and has some elasticity so it will hug the foot well