As the snow falls and the temperature drops, your trusty down jacket becomes your ultimate winter companion. But, did you know that proper care and maintenance can significantly extend its lifespan and keep you warm for seasons to come? In this comprehensive guide, we unveil the secrets to nurturing your down jacket so it remains a steadfast partner throughout the coldest months.
The Art of Washing: Gently Cleansing Your Down Jacket
Preserving the quality of your down jacket starts with proper cleaning techniques. Before you dive in, remember that gentle care is key to maintaining its loft and insulating power.
Cleaning rules for down jackets: Regular cleaning, but no more than twice a year.
1. Preparations for cleaning down jackets
1.1 Read the clothes label tag The clothes tag can not only tell you the material, fabric, cashmere content, etc. of the clothes, it can also tell you the washing instructions of the down jacket
It can be hand-washed or machine-washed according to the tag, or it needs to be dry-cleaned by a professional laundry.
1.2 Fasten all buttons and zippers Since the down material tends to tear when wet, be careful not to get caught by anything during washing.
Check zipper pull up zip button top button closed with hook and loop fastener check pockets
1.3 Remove the dirt and mud on the surface Use a clean towel to wipe off the dust, debris or stains on the surface of the down jacket.
Cleaning the surface narrows the area that needs to be cleaned.
1.4 Remove difficult-to-wipe stains If some difficult-to-handle stains cannot be wiped clean, you can spray some detergent and soapy water on the surface of the down jacket, which will not only protect the warmth of the down but also make the inner down become brittle.
Spray Cleaner Spray a small amount of cleaner where it needs to be cleaned and let it soak for 5 minutes.
1.5 Soaking Soak the down jacket in warm water, stir gently with your hands, and soak for about 10 to 15 minutes. Soaking a down jacket before washing will help to remove excess dirt, debris and soap.
Soak the down jacket after soaking, take it out, and gently squeeze the excess water on the down jacket.
2. Machine washable down jacket
2.1 Clean the chassis in advance Before using the washing machine to wash the down jacket, wipe the inner wall with a towel to avoid damage to the down jacket caused by the residual laundry detergent and softener in the chassis.
When down is washed to remove grease, it will lose its original loft, which is related to their warmth retention factor.
2.2 Wash separately, cycle to prevent fabric from being scratched or pilled.
Washing When the washer finishes the wash cycle, run a second rinse cycle to completely remove any remaining detergent.
3. Hand wash down jacket
3.1 Drain the water. If you don’t like to machine wash your down jacket or the clothes tag says it cannot be machine washed, you can also wash it by hand.
Adding water First fill the basin with water, and add an appropriate amount of soapy water.
3.2 Soak the down jacket Press the down jacket into the water and soak it with soapy water. Use your hands to gently swirl the water back and forth to remove the stain. Then, let it soak for 15 minutes.
Soaking in water When your down jacket is soaked in water, it will become wet and heavy. At this time, be careful not to pick it up and damage it.
3.3 After rinsing the jacket for 15 minutes, push the down jacket out of the basin, and pour out the water.
Rinse the coat and rinse the coat surface and pot with clean water.
3.4 Soak again Refill with clean water, soak for 5 to 10 minutes, and gently scrub the surface with a soft brush or toothbrush that you have at home.
Soak again taking care not to damage the fabric.
3.5 Wring dry
After soaking, wring out along the grain of the clothes to remove excess water so that there will be no wrinkles.
Be careful not to use too much force and damage the fabric.
Method 4: Dry cleaning down jacket
Your Winter Investment
By mastering the art of down jacket care, you're not just prolonging its life; you're ensuring that every winter you spend with it is a cozy, comfortable experience. With proper care, your down jacket becomes an investment that continues to reward you year after year.
Browse our selection of down jackets, along with our comprehensive care and maintenance essentials, and embark on a journey of warmth, comfort, and longevity.