DOES YOUR FEATHER DOWN JACKET NEED A WASH?

 Follow our advice to preserve its plumpness and therefore its heat.

In case of doubt or if these steps seem too complicated, a trip to the dry cleaners can also do the trick!

WASH

Do up all the zips of the jacket. Then head to the washing machine, put it on a 30° synthetic program using ordinary detergent or a special detergent for down (which is softer so is doesn't damage the feathers).

Washing your jacket is important, but retaining its plumpness and warmth is even more important. To do this, it's important to aerate the down at all stages; when washing you can add 2 tennis balls as well as other clothes. This helps redistribute the down.

We recommend 2 rinse cycles to ensure the feathers are properly rinsed. 

However, be careful to put it on a gentle spin: using too vigorous a spin programme may create feather balls that are difficult to break down.

DRY

Watch out because it's during the drying stage that everything's at play! When you take your jacket out of the washing machine it will look like the down has disappeared.

This is not the case, but you need to restore its volume. Start by sponging down your jacket with a towel to remove the excess water.

NO TUMBLE DRYER? NO WORRIES!

you can completely dry your down jacket on a clothes rack. It will take longer and will require a little more effort.

Make sure that your jacket is open on both sides (on a hanger or a clothes rack). Flip it over and pat your jacket regularly, several times a day to prevent the feathers from sticking and bunching together

The jacket must be left to dry in a dry place, away from all heat sources.

OUR IDEAL SOLUTION: THE TUMBLE DRYER

It's the best way to re-fluff the feathers. 

To help break down the down, re-use the tennis balls and clothes that you used to wash the jacket and hey presto! put the whole lot in the dryer. Set it to carry out 2 - 3 drying cycles. Between each cycle remove the jacket shake it a little and check that the feathers are distributed well in the tubes or compartments of the jacket.

Be aware that down jackets do not like humidity so if you go trekking in inclement weather don't forget to take a waterproof jacket to protect your down jacket.

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