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Feb. 18th, 2006

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Date:February 20th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)

Re: Sleeping bags

In my old job I had nearly 100 sleeping bags to care for.

Those that were synthetic all washed fine, as previously said, at 40-50 degrees C. Down bags are a different matter. If you aren't confident, send a down one off to a specialist company (not any old dry cleaners). I have the contact details if you want them.

The bigger the washing machine the better. When I lived in London, I used a laundrette. I'm lucky in that we have an industrial machine on site now.

Contrary to perceived opinion, tumbledrying is good for sleeping bags. A *cool* tumble dry, on its own, for as long as possible is ideal. If you put two or three tennis balls in the machine with it, they help it to "fluff up" and make it warm again. Again, the larger the machine the better.

The ideal way keep your bag clean is to make or buy a liner to use inside it that can be washed like a normal sheet. This is standard practice for down bags but also works with synthetic. We had a set of liners where I used to work and we only washed the sleeping bags once or twice a year.

Hope this is of some interest.

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