Sleeping Bags Need Gentle Attention
So, the weather has finally cleared up and the summer will arrive soon. What better way to spend the weekend than camping? You can go to a national park. You might want to choose a local camp ground or maybe you just pitch a tent in your back yard. If you decide that camping out is your favorite thing to do, then your sleeping bag is an essential part of the experience.
After a winter in the back of the closet or in the garage, the sleeping bags will need a little tender loving care. The best way to handle the job of cleaning your bags is in the bathtub. Use a mild fabric wash for hand washables. Work the suds in gently. Do not twist the sleeping bag as that will bunch up the down. Once the washing is done, rinse under running water until all the suds are gone. Keep shifting the bag under that faucet. You may have to wash the bag and rinse it several times until it comes completely clean.
On the final rinse, be sure you have removed all soap residue or it will attract new dirt faster.
Drying Sleeping Bags
Be sure to press out as much water as possible after the final rinse. DO NOT wring as that will mess up the down filling. Lay flat on a clean sheet in the yard on a bright, sunny, breezy day. You might want to take the damp sleeping bag to a commercial dryer and set it on a gentle cycle. Hint: toss in a tennis ball or two to keep the down nice and fluffy.
Happy camping!! While you are enjoying the great outdoors, let Custom Maid come in and clean your home. Call 499-8568 for either a one time cleaning or regular weekly or bi-weekly service.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in June 2014. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.