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Caring For Down Clothing
Caring For Synthetic Clothing
Caring For Gore-Tex Clothing
Caring For Down Sleeping Bags

Caring For Down Clothing

Storage Of Down Products
Feathers Leaking From A Down Product
Washing Down Products
Re-Waterproofing

Storage Of Down Products

Try not to keep your down jacket in it's stuff sac or on a coat hanger, if the down is compressed for a long while it's insulating qualities will be impaired. The best way store your down garment for the summer is to loosely pack it in a storage bag in a clean dry space. To avoid the risk of mould always ensure that the garment is thoroughly dry before storage.

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Feathers Leaking From A Down Product

In the case of products manufactured with goose down, it is natural for some of the down and feathers to escape through the fabric, particularly in the seams. The sharp quills of the feathers can poke tiny holes in the fabric and work their way through to the outside.

It is normal for this to happen, particularly in newer products when the down has not had an opportunity to settle. There is no reason for alarm, and this phenomenon should not effect the insulating properties of your product.

To minimise the amount of down that escapes, simply pull the down back through the underside of the fabric and massage the fabric and down underneath. This will cause the "hole" or separation in the fabric fibres to close up.

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Washing Down Products

In order to keep the insulating qualities of your down garment in the best possible condition, it is better to air the product instead of washing it too often as the natural oils of the down (which contributes to lofting and natural water repelling capacity) gradually disappear with washing.

The fabric and fill do eventually get dirty which will mean the jacket ends up not keeping you as warm as it could.

Always follow the washing instructions on the garment as a variety of face fabrics and trims can be used which require different washing treatments.

Before washing a garment always ensure that all zippers and Velcro straps are closed as these may cause damage to the outer fabric.

Do not use fabric softeners, bleach or liquid detergent when washing your down product.

Wash using a down detergent or mild detergent (around 1/3 of the recommended dosage) in warm water, around 30˚C. We recommend using Grangers Down Cleaner, for more information click here.

It is beneficial to run an extra rinse cycle after washing to ensure any traces of soap have been removed.

You should dry the product carefully in a tumble dryer on a cool setting according to the instructions on the garment, taking care to use the correct temperature.

You may need to stop the tumble dryer at regular intervals to loft the down by hand, you can also add up to three clean tennis balls or dryer balls to agitate the down to help stop it clumping together.

It may take several hours to ensure the down is fully dry, even if the outer fabric is dry the down may not be.

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Re-Waterproofing

Down products are lightly water repellent and can be re-waterproofed.

The best way to re-waterproof the shell of your down garment is to use a spray-on re-waterproofing agent that is suitable for down garments. Garments should only be re-waterproofed when they are clean.

We recommend using Grangers XT Proofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here.

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Caring For Synthetic Products

Washing Your Synthetic Clothing
Re-Waterproofing

Washing Your Synthetic Clothing

Although washing of synthetic insulated jackets is easier then washing down jackets, it should still be kept to a minimum.

When washing a synthetic insulation jacket always follow the washing instructions on the garment as a variety of face fabrics and trims can be used which require different washing treatments.

Before washing a garment always ensure that all zippers and Velcro straps are closed as these may cause damage to the outer fabric.

Do not use fabric softeners, bleach or liquid detergent.

Wash using either a mild detergent or a performance garment cleaner. We recommend using Grangers Performance Cleaner, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here.

After washing, the garment should be dried in a tumble dryer on a cool setting according to the instructions on the garment, taking care to use the correct temperature.

We recommend adding three clean tennis balls or dryer balls to help agitate the insulation.

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Re-Waterproofing

Synthetic products usually have a water repellent coating to the shell that can be re-waterproofed.

There are two ways in which you can re-waterproof the shell of your synthetic jacket. One way is to use a wash-in waterproofer, this can be done by using a 2 in 1 cleaner and proofer meaning you only have to wash the product once, we recommend using Grangers 2 in 1 Cleaner & Waterproofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here, if you have already cleaned the product then you can use a wash in proofer, we recommend using Grangers Performance Proofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here.

The other way in which you can re-waterproof the shell is to use a spray on waterproofer, we recommend using Grangers XT Proofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here.

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Caring For Gore-Tex Clothing

What Is Gore-Tex
Wetting Out
How To Wash Your Gore-Tex Garment
How To Re-Waterproof Your Gore-Tex Garment

What Is Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex is a membrane that is protected by an outer fabric, which is in turn adapted to suit its area of use. the garment should be kept clean to ensure that it is not clogged by dirt and its function is impaired. In order to extend the lifetime of the garment, it is also important to re-waterproof the entire garment, or exposed areas, when the outer surface is being soaked by water already in light rain.

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Wetting Out

Gore-Tex garments are made of either a nylon or polyester outer fabric that has been laminated to a Gore-Tex membrane. This outer fabric is treated at the point of manufacture with a durable water repellent finish (DWR). Once the DWR wears off, water will soak into the outer fabric layer of the jacket and sit on the waterproof Gore-Tex membrane known as wetting out. This cold layer will stop moisture vapour from moving through the Gore-Tex membrane and will create a surface for moisture to condense on creating that all too familiar cold "clammy" feeling as if the jacket appears to be leaking.

The best way to revive the DWR coating is to follow the washing instructions set out below. If this fails to revive the DWR coating then follow the instructions for re-waterproofing your Gore-Tex product.

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How To Wash Your Gore-Tex Garment

Washing your Gore-Tex jacket will not hurt it. In fact, washing your jacket regularly will help maintain the DWR coating on the outside of the fabric, which causes water to bead up and shed off, rather than being absorbed.

When washing your Gore-Tex outerwear always to be sure to follow the washing instructions on the garments label.

Do not wash your Gore-Tex garment in modern detergents, conditioners or fabric softens and make sure that these have been removed from your machine as these can affect the performance of your garment.

Before washing your garment check make sure to zip all zippers and close all Velcro fasteners.

Make sure you wash your jacket with the appropriate cleaning product, at the temperature indicated on the care label. We recommend using Grangers Performance Cleaner, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here.

Once you have washed your garment you will need to dry it. Adding heat during drying reactivates the DWR treatment on the fabric surface. This can be done by drying the garment in a tumble dryer being sure to follow the manufacturers instructions - usually dried on a low heat.

The washing removes contaminants and the heat from the dryer helps redistribute the DWR treatment on the fabric surface.

If water fails to bead up on the surface of your cleaned and tumble dried garment, its DWR treatment has reached the end of its useful life, but don't worry you can restore the garment's water repellency by following the manufacturer's instructions.

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How To Re-Waterproof Your Gore-Tex Garment

To re-waterproof your Gore-Tex garment follow the washing instructions above however instead of using just a cleaning product we recommend washing the garment in Grangers 2 In 1 Cleaner & Waterproofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here.

Alternatively if you already cleaned the garment then you can use a wash in proofer. We recommend using Grangers Performance Proofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here. If you don't want to re-wash your garment then you can use a spray on proofer. We recommend using Grangers XT Proofer, for more information click here, if you wish to purchase this product then click here

Once you have washed your garment you will need to dry it. Adding heat during drying reactivates the DWR treatment on the fabric surface. This can be done by drying the garment in a tumble dryer being sure to follow the manufacturers instructions.

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Caring For Down Sleeping Bags

Storage of Down Sleeping Bags 
Washing Down Sleeping Bags

Storage of Down Sleeping Bags

When the sleeping bag is not used and for long-term storage, it is preferable to store it in it's large storage bag not in a compression bag. If the down is compressed for a long while it's insulating qualities will be impaired

Make sure the sleeping bag is thoroughly dry before storage to avoid risk of mould.

When putting the sleeping bag into a compression bag it is recommended that you feed the sleeping bag instead of rolling it.

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Washing Down Sleeping Bag

In order to keep the insulating qualities of your down sleeping bag in the best possible condition, it is better to air the product instead of washing it too often as the natural oils of the down gradually disappear with washing.

If you can it is recommended that you use a liner to reduce the number of times your bag will need to be cleaned; this will increase the life of the bag.

The fabric and fill do eventually get dirty which will mean the sleeping bag ends up not keeping you as warm as it could.

Always follow the washing instructions on the sleeping bag as a variety of face fabrics and trims can be used which require different washing treatments.

Before washing your sleeping bag always ensure that all zippers and Velcro straps are closed as these may cause damage to the outer fabric.

Do not use fabric softeners, bleach or liquid detergent when washing your down sleeping beg.

When washing your down sleeping bag we recommend using a down detergent or mild detergent (around 1/3 od the recommended dosage) in warm water, around 40C. We recommend using Grangers Down Cleaner, for more information click here.

It is beneficial to run 3 to 5 extra rinse cycles after washing to ensure any traces of soap have been removed.

After the sleeping bags is thoroughly rinsed it is preferable to spin dry the product before tumble drying.

You should dry the product carefully in a tumble dryer on a cool setting according to the instructions on the sleeping bag, taking care to use the correct temperature.

You can add up to three clean tennis balls or dryer balls to agitate the down to help stop it clumping together. It may take several hours to ensure that the down is fully dry, even if the outer fabric is dry the down may not be.

Once the sleeping bag has been tumble dried it is beneficial to allow it to air for a day or two in order to ensure that the down is thoroughly dried.

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