Down jackets are a key outdoors piece for when the winter months roll in. Providing us with comfortable and reliable insulation to guard us from the cold. Down jackets, unfortunately, over time build up dirt and grease as well as body oils, which eventually affects the down’s loft and longevity.
Most people are usually quite anxious about cleaning down products, as they fear they may ruin them, but luckily for you the good news is that it's actually pretty easy to clean down and rejuvenate it back to its old form.
Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean your down jacket so it’s good as new.
Before washing use a soft-bristle brush or dry cloth to wipe away any loose dirt and close all zips or flaps that are on the jacket.
Ensure that your washing machine’s detergent compartment is completely clean and free of any other detergents. Set your washing machine to do a hot wash with nothing in it, that should remove any leftover residue.
Place your jacket in the washing machine on its own to ensure it gets a thorough clean and doesn’t get squished.
Pour the cleaner into the detergent compartment following the instruction on the cleaner label. When cleaning down, our top pick has to be Nikwax Down Wash Direct.
Set the washing machine to the lowest wash setting and start the cycle at 30°C. You should still check the care label on your down garments for the exact care details however.
The down jacket should then be placed into your tumble dryer with a set of dryer balls on set to the lowest heat. Dryer balls help break up any clusters of down inside the jacket to give it a more even fill and to return it to its fluffy goodness. Granger’s Down Wash Kit includes 3 dryer balls as well as their Down Wash cleaner, for a full clean that’ll impress.
Now you don’t have to wash your down jacket after every walk. You want to wash it as infrequent as possible, only when it no longer retains heat as well it used to and you find yourself getting colder wearing it.