- Repairing a synthetic down jacket?
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?Posted 2 months ago
Your post is confusing
Is it real down, or synthetic?Posted 2 months ago
How do you mean ‘disappeared’?Posted 2 months ago
Let me checkPosted 2 months ago
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.Posted 2 months ago
Apparently it’s 80% duck and 20% feather. I thought ducks had feathers!Posted 2 months ago
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 worksPosted 2 months ago
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 pointPosted 2 months ago
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.Posted 2 months ago
Are you taking the piss? Lol! Our washing machine has a tumble dryer feature. Not sure my landlord will appreciate me smashing the appliance upPosted 2 months ago
It does work, the tennis balls aren’t that heavy
It’s not like you’re washing size 12 trainers in therePosted 2 months ago
Noisy but it’s quite safe.Posted 2 months ago
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.Posted 2 months ago
Cheers I’ll give it a go. Was kind of hoping for a Patagonia or Arc’teryx replacement.Posted 2 months ago
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.Posted 2 months ago
I’ve just read the label. It says everything like above including tumble drying with tennis balls. Thanks hopefully save some £££Posted 2 months ago
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…
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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.Posted 2 months ago
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