1. Only use commercial washer
and dryers. The reason for this is that most household washers
have agitators (pinnacle of plastic that sticks up inside the washing
machine) that twist and turn as the machine does it's job; these
household washers will rip a down sleeping bag to shreds. Also,
the common household dryer is far too small and can melt your gear.
2. Only use "down soap."
This can be purchased at just about any outdoor retail shop.
3. Prepare the garment by trying
to get off all loose dirt, dust, debris, etc.
4. Once at the Laundromat, place
the garment inside a large washing machine and start the machine
on gentle cycle, warm water. Double rinse or until clear water drains
5. Only use about 2/3 the amount
of soap that the down-soap-bottle manufacturer suggests, for most
down garment manufacturers use somewhat bad down (600-700+ fill),
whereas Nunatak only uses the best 800+ fill that can be found,
which also means that much less soap is needed when washing the
garment or sleeping bag.
**Once the item is done with the washing cycle
it is important to follow the remaining steps very carefully. **
6. The item will look quite strange once out
of the washing machine and through the spin cycle. The down will
naturally be all clumped together and water-logged; this is normal,
don't freak out. It IS important though, that from now until the
item is dry you take very CAREFUL steps in the process of drying.
7. Before putting the item in the dryer, place
in on a flat and clean surface. Take a clean towel and press it
against the down jacket to try and soak any excess water out of
the down clumps. (Don't press really hard though, just medium resistance)
This allows the down to squeeze out any excess water before the
drying process begins. Do this for about 10 minutes on a full sized
8. Take the item over to the LARGE COMMERCIAL
TUMBLE DRYER and place inside. Dryer HEAT OUTPUT VARIES GREATLY
from machine to machine. Medium heat is usually sufficient, but
use your best judgment. Let it run for5-10 minutes and pull the
item out to check the temp and begin step 9/10.
9. Now that the item has had some time, you
want to hand separate the clumps of 800+ fill down, both by patting
and gently pulling clumps apart.
10. Return to the dryer for another 15 minute
or so spin. Repeat ad infinitum. Get that bag warm and repeat step8/
9/10. You might need to do this many times, so really try to get
the down in a uniform clump size, so that you can maximize drying
surface area. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DON'T TRY TO USE OBJECTS
TO SHORTCUT THE WORK; THE SHOE OR TENNIS BALL MAY TEAR OR DAMAGE
THE DOWN GARMENT /SLEEPING BAG.