After the end of another trip to the bosom of nature, it is time to return home, where after a swim, the time for a big wash begins. So that the whole apartment does not smell like a fire, and the ants do not build an anthill in it, you need to properly approach the cleaning and washing of all things, from socks to a sleeping bag. It can include one of three types of thermal insulation - synthetic fiber, down or non-woven wool. So how to properly wash a sleeping bag, and can it be done at all?
If your sleeping bag is made of natural down, then it is not designed for frequent washings. In fact, experienced tourists generally do not recommend washing a sleeping bag consisting of a down filler, as over time, the down from excessive moisture gathers into lumps. Accordingly, after washing, the uniformity of the warm layer is disturbed, and the sleeping bag will no longer be able to fulfill its direct duties. On sale you can find English products for cleaning such a thing, it will allow you to get rid of unpleasant odors and dirt, and also help keep the down filler intact.
With a synthetic winterizer sleeping bag, things are much better, they can be washed, but better by hand. To do this, you need to turn the sleeping bag inside out and lower it into a bathtub or a large basin of warm water, in which you must first dissolve liquid soap or a special detergent for washing sleeping bags. He should be in this composition for no more than 30 minutes. You can age it with your hands, but not everyone can do it. Therefore, it is much easier to get into the tub with your feet and stomp on the sleeping bag. True, heavy dirt and stains will still have to be washed by hand. Drain the dirty water and fill up a new one, repeat the procedure until the water is completely clean, without soap and debris.
Also, a synthetic winterizer sleeping bag can be machine washed, but it may deteriorate soon. Turn the sleeping bag buttoned out and load it into the machine, add liquid detergent and start the delicate cycle. In this case, the water temperature should not be more than 35 degrees. It is also recommended to set the additional rinse mode. It is advisable not to use the spin function, this can damage the filler and the fabric itself.
After washing, let the water drain completely with the sleeping bag in a horizontal position. Dry it in a well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight. Do not use radiators or other heating devices to dry the sleeping bag, as this may damage its structure.