Washing and caring for down
Down jackets are fluffy and puffy and super warm. Similar to other jackets, it’s not necessary to wash them all the time. Mostly airing them out will do the job. But what if there are stains on your jacket? Read below for some tips and tricks on how to wash your jacket. Still, as always: If you are unsure bring it to the dry cleaner’s.
Use mild detergent only — preferably special detergent for down — and be sure to close all zips beforehand. Wash inside out in a gentle cycle (such as the wool wash cycle). Don’t put other garments into the machine.
Drying is the most delicate thing when cleaning down. After washing, your jacket will be a wet ball of feathers that needs to be dried and loosened up.
Even though it’s not the most sustainable thing to do, tumble drying will help you doing the job. Visit your local washing saloon if you don’t own a laundry dryer yourself. Be sure to dry as cold as possible and put two tennis balls into the laundry drum. They might be loud but magical when it comes to aerating the feathers.
Do not iron or steam at all.