Sleeping Bag Maintenance

One day, your sleeping bag needs to be washed. But how to do it? It’s not as hard as it sounds or as simple as throwing it on the machine. After all, the fibers that are in there and are responsible for their warm night require a certain caution. Remember that we’re dealing with, here, just sleeping bags made with synthetic fibres – and breathable bag made with fibers requires care even more special.

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Washing machine and drying:

You want to wash the machine? Choose a commercial machine, with front opening, those who do not turn the product on one side to the other, as the opening in the top. Forget your washing machine. She does not have enough space for the sleeping bag. And forget about machines with opening on top-they damage the fibers. Close all zippers and Velcro and turn backwards. For a better cleaning, wipe the hood, the thermal paste and the foot with a crew cut, a little coconut SOAP and water before putting on the machine. Use only household SOAP or detergent biodegradable soft coconut. The ideal is to use only .5 or .25 of the suggested by the washing machine-the amount will depend on the dirt of the sleeping bag, but never put more than specified above. Do not, under any circumstances, use softener. Wash with cold water and mild or delicate cycle only. For best results, run the rinse cycle at least once or twice, without detergent or SOAP. You need to get all the SOAP from the sleeping bag before you dry it. Remove the washing machine with very carefully and dry in a dryer professional, immense, with enough space for him to become comfortable inside, in heat weaker than you have (or without any heat, only with air, which is more safe and reliable)-excess heat will destroy the fabric and the heating capacity of the fibers. Check several times during drying if it’s too hot, as this may damage the material. Remove once it’s completely dry – can take between 2 and 5 hours – and leave to cool.

Hand-washing and drying:

This is a simple and secure method, but follow strictly the instructions. Remember: dry well is one of the secrets of the wash. Put the sleeping bag in a clean tub with cold water or warm soapy mild or coconut SOAP, biodegradable. “Massage” the bag to clean it-between 12:15 minutes. Lightly brush the outside with a soft brush, if there is any grubby or very dirty area. Throw out the bath water and gently exprema the excess water. Do not twist the sleeping bag! Refill with clean water, massage it again leaving the clean water to penetrate into the fibers. Drain the water, excess exprema and repeat this operation until the water coming out clean and all SOAP is removed. Remove it carefully from the tub-don’t do it if you’re still waterlogged-and place on a flat surface, on top of towels or old sheets, to keep it clean while naturally dry. Don’t hang it to dry – this can tear the fibers inside. As the drying bag, turn it from time to time. When you are virtually dry, shake it a few times, so that the fibres could get back soft.

When and how to do? And some essential considerations.

-Wash your sleeping bag when he’s filthy, stinking or lose a fair amount of filling. Never wash your sleeping bag after each trip. So, for most people, this means wash it once a year, maybe every two years.

– Before make sure you need to wash it, let some air and Sun for a breath and leave the bad smell. Probably just enough and you do not need to wash it so soon.

Do not wash the dry.

– The key to a good washing/drying is to transfer the wet sleeping bag from the washing machine to the dryer. However, the seams are prone to tear when it’s wet-be very careful with them and do not pull or stretch part some of the sleeping bag. To facilitate the work, the ideal is to use the largest dryer that you find. She will have enough space for the sleeping bag turn inside.

-Prepare–a sleeping bag takes two to 5 hours in the dryer to dry completely. Inspect periodically, to make sure that the fabric is not too hot (remember, put the machine on the lowest heat possible) or filling is piling up, forming balls. If it is, dry it naturally.

-We’re talking about the sleeping bags of Trails & Directions – do not use these tips if your sleeping bag is made with a waterproof fabric or breathable or even made from goose feather. They require special care, as it takes much longer to dry.

-Take care of the zippers. Clean them with a brush. If they jam easily or do not go as they should, try soften them with Silicon paste or liquid paraffin or even if you camped near the sea, clean the zipper sliders before they start to rust, leaking then some drops of silicone. But, ATTENTION: real silicone is thick and transparent. Don’t buy those sold for polishing car dashboards, which are dissolved and are very fluid, because the solvents, dyes and perfumes added can make things worse.

-If you are bivacando, that is, sleeping in the open, without a tent, try using a plastic or any other type of shield, so that your sleeping bag to stay clean.

-A cotton or silk inner bag will keep your sleeping bag clean longer, although some increase the weight of the backpack.

– The less you leave your sleeping bag, best for him. Look, always, let it dry completely after use and before storing. Remember that he always dawns damp with perspiration from your body.


– Do not use washing machine with top-the central agitator will destroy the filling of your sleeping bag.

– Do not use strong detergent or liquid soap.

– Do not use dryer.

-Do not hang your sleeping bag when it is still wet. Extend-only, all stretched to dry this way.

-Do not store in a small, compressed.

-Do not dry in the sun-UV rays damage the nylon.

-And, once again, DO NOT WASH the dry.


-Dirty sleeping bag. A company specialized in washing can solve it for you.

-Zipper broken. Professional repairs may be performed by specialized companies.

-Broken or frayed Seams and holes. Specialized companies can also fix it for you. To not increase the problem, use nylon, emergency Repairs of Coghlan’s, ref. 0711.


– Loss of filling of synthetic sleeping bags. There is no way to add padding in this type of sleeping bag.

-Filling “torn” – wash your sleeping bag or inside of your washing machine, probably will cause all the filling break and form balls, which may focus on foot, for example. If this happens, you will need to purchase a new sleeping bag.