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  • Repairing a synthetic down jacket?
  • tails
    Member

    My cleanaholic wife washed my Terrex down jacket. She followed the low temperature bit but not the no fabric conditioner bit. The quilting has now mostly disappeared. Can it be fixed or has she learnt an expensive lesson?

    ElShalimo
    Member

    Your post is confusing

    Is it real down, or synthetic?

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
    Subscriber

    How do you mean ‘disappeared’?

    tails
    Member

    Let me check

    tails
    Member

    I was sure it was synthetic for £80, but perhaps not.

    Well, it was quilted but now it resembles a textured bin bag. Having looked at it I think it’s a goner.

    tails
    Member

    Apparently it’s 80% duck and 20% feather. I thought ducks had feathers!

    ElShalimo
    Member

    If it’s real down, tumble dry it on a low heat with some tennis balls to bash the down into lofting again. It sounds daft but it works

    ElShalimo
    Member

    Down is the very fine soft stuff that lofts to keep you warm…. Like bumfluff

    Feather is the pokey jabby stuff

    That’s not quite the technical vocabulary but you get my point

    crikey
    Member

    Wash it again in soap flakes or liquid soap, spin it, then put it in the tumble drier with 4 tennis balls. It will take ages, but it will be fine. Take it out and give it a shake every 30 mins or so.

    Down and/or feathers look like a disaster when they first come out, but it fixes.

    tails
    Member

    Are you taking the piss? Lol! Our washing machine has a tumble dryer feature. Not sure my landlord will appreciate me smashing the appliance up

    ElShalimo
    Member

    It does work, the tennis balls aren’t that heavy

    It’s not like you’re washing size 12 trainers in there

    crikey
    Member

    Noisy but it’s quite safe.

    qwerty
    Member

    Or better still use a large launderette tumble drier with tennis balls.

    I’ve washed a chicken before and can confirm that down looks a disaster when wet.

    tails
    Member

    Cheers I’ll give it a go. Was kind of hoping for a Patagonia or Arc’teryx replacement.

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    I’ve got a down jacket that I bought many years ago, and the care label says to wash in pure soap flakes, then tumble-dry warm with a clean sneaker in with it. Something like a converse; the white rubber edging ‘grabs’ the nylon outer, pulling it around and allowing the down and feathers to dry and loft op. Tennis balls do the same. Not taking the piss, it makes perfect sense.

    tails
    Member

    I’ve just read the label. It says everything like above including tumble drying with tennis balls. Thanks hopefully save some £££

    crikey
    Member

    When you think it’s dry, take it out and feel along the baffles; it’s normal to have a few clumps. Break them up with your fingers then give it another 20 minutes.

    Oh, give your wife a hug too…

    😉

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Or just wear it, takes a few hours but just moving arround is generally enough to shake it back to life.

    I usually find down stuff feels knackered after a wash but will be fine once used. Especially sleeping bags, they feel cold the first time you get in it, then halfway through the night its lofted up bigger than you ever remember it and your sweating buckets.

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