A great equipment and high-end clothes are considered an investment. And a good one. They keep you warm, dry and stylish all winter long. If you take care of your gear like you should, it can last numerous years – or even a lifetime. Take advantage of the sun’s comeback and the change of season to give out a little boost of freshness to your accessories! Spring cleaning isn’t only for your windows.
First Thing’s First
Before tossing your down insulated coat into the wash, it is best to research your product and the brand’s warranty guidelines if there are any. For some brands, such as Canada Goose, they recommend taking the product to a dry cleaner as the warranty is void if you wash the product yourself. Other brands such as Quartz Co. recommend that you do not dry clean their coats, so do your research so you aren’t left in the dark should anything happen to your beloved coat.
Never use a top loader washing machine
Duvets can be extremely fragile. Even on the slowest cycle, the agitator could rip your exterior shell or the insulation. Go for a front-loading washing machine. If you don’t have one – find a friend who does!
No intense heat
You can put your duvet in the dryer, but make sure to set it on low. If it gets too hot, the heat could melt the fabric or break the fibers and feathers inside the jacket.
Put a tennis ball into the dryer
This may sound funny, but having a tennis ball pounding on the jacket will help the insulation and the fibers to stay in place. Of course, make sure the ball is clean and don’t put anything heavier – it could actually rip the coat.
Let it hang
Once it’s dry, hang the duvet in a place where it will have enough room. It’s ok to compress it in your bag while you’re hiking, but in the long run, compressing it too much will destroy the space between the fibers (also called loft). This is a key element in a jacket’s thermal capacities.