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Zak Randell
(zakrandell) - F
Down bag washing.... on 01/30/2009 21:04:33 MST Print View

I have a summer Jacks R better down quilt that I've been using for a while. A little while ago, it got washed (not by me) in a top loading washing machine... I haven't noticed a huge difference in its loft, but it seems to clump a lot more. Has serious damage been done? What can be done?

Z

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Down Bag Washing on 01/30/2009 21:12:10 MST Print View

Western Mountaineering's washing tips:

http://www.westernmountaineering.com/index.cfm?section=Product%20Tips%20and%20Care

I especially like the dryer refresh idea. 5 minutes in the dryer on low heat seems to perk up my down after a trip.

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
. on 01/30/2009 21:40:13 MST Print View

edit: defer to Pan's instructions

Edited by tippymcstagger on 01/31/2009 11:54:23 MST.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Probably no damage on 01/31/2009 07:25:04 MST Print View

Zak,

The summer JRB quilt you refere to is a sew thru so there are no baffles to be damage (FTR, in the thousands of JRB quilts in customer hands, there has never been a reported baffle failure)

As to clumping, once down is thouroughly dry it will not reclump unless it recieves a another significant wetting.

Two to three cycles of low to moderate heat will normally dry a summer quilt afterwashing assuming a routine front loading washer's spin cycle.... tennis balls are not needed. Check between cycles, break any large clumps felt in early cycles by hand.

Pan