Spot clean when possible, wash when needed. Your sleeping bag is composed of lightweight materials and delicate insulations — washing your sleeping bag after every trip is not recommended because the harshness of soaps and water can take a toll. When possible, only spot clean your sleeping bag. Use a non-detergent soap and make a paste with a small amount of water. Using a cloth or even a toothbrush, clean the affected area of your sleeping bag. Try not to get the insulation of the bag wet by pulling the fabric away from the insulation when cleaning.
Washing your sleeping bag
If your sleeping bag is exposed to dirt, sand, etc., you can simply wipe it down with a wet cloth or spot clean with mild, non-detergent soap in cold water.
For excessive dirt and oil, we recommend the following steps:
- Wash your sleeping bag on a gentle cycle with a two-rinse option in cold water in an oversized, front-loading commercial washing machine with no agitator.
- Wash your sleeping bag with a technical fabric wash like Nikwax Tech Wash®.
- Tumble dry low heat in an oversized commercial dryer. Add some clean tennis balls to the dryer to help thoroughly dry the down/synthetic in your bag. Expect your sleeping bag to take several hours to fully dry.
Once dry, shake your sleeping bag to restore the loft.
Other Notes: Do not use bleach on your sleeping bag. Do not dry a wet sleeping bag while it is bundled. Do not iron and do not dry clean. Do not use a high heat setting when drying your bag — this can melt the technical sleeping bag fabrics.
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