How to Clean Your Down Coat

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Canada Goose, Jackets, Quartz Co.. How to Clean Your Down Coat

A great equipment and high-end clothes are considered an investment. And a good one. They keep you warm, dry and stylish all winter long. If you take care of your gear like you should, it can last numerous years – or even a lifetime. Take advantage of the sun’s comeback and the change of season to give out a little boost of freshness to your accessories! Spring cleaning isn’t only for your windows.

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First Thing’s First

Before tossing your down insulated coat into the wash, it is best to research your product and the brand’s warranty guidelines if there are any. For some brands, such as Canada Goose, they recommend taking the product to a dry cleaner as the warranty is void if you wash the product yourself. Other brands such as Quartz Co. recommend that you do not dry clean their coats, so do your research so you aren’t left in the dark should anything happen to your beloved coat.

Never use a top loader washing machine

Duvets can be extremely fragile. Even on the slowest cycle, the agitator could rip your exterior shell or the insulation. Go for a front-loading washing machine. If you don’t have one – find a friend who does!
 

No intense heat

You can put your duvet in the dryer, but make sure to set it on low. If it gets too hot, the heat could melt the fabric or break the fibers and feathers inside the jacket.
 

Put a tennis ball into the dryer

This may sound funny, but having a tennis ball pounding on the jacket will help the insulation and the fibers to stay in place. Of course, make sure the ball is clean and don’t put anything heavier – it could actually rip the coat.
 

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Let it hang

Once it’s dry, hang the duvet in a place where it will have enough room. It’s ok to compress it in your bag while you’re hiking, but in the long run, compressing it too much will destroy the space between the fibers (also called loft). This is a key element in a jacket’s thermal capacities.

• Please check the manufacturer for more details and warranty issues related to washing your down gear in the washing machine. 

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  1. Took daughters Canada Goose to Timpsons who have cleaned it for the past 2 years at £8.99 each time…took it today they now want £75 to dry clean same jacket…what’s that all about???

    1. Hello Carol, unfortunately, we are only a retailer that sells Canada Goose and have no input or information regarding the price of coat cleaning at authorized establishments.

  2. This reply was far better than my first one. I will follow these directions in future. This time I will just wash the cuffs and collate gently by hand and air dry. Thank you very much. Diane Tilden.

  3. This article told me very little. I need to know if I can wash the cuff and collar of my padigonia down filled coat. I will wash them by hand No Dryer. Please advise . Diane

    1. Hi Diane, this is taken directly from Patagonia’s site:

      Wash your down garment in cold water in a front-loading machine with a gentle detergent. You can find specific detergents made specifically for washing down items. Machine dry on no to low heat (may take a few cycles) with two to three clean tennis balls added to the dryer to restore fluff.

      You can choose not to use the dryer although if the garment takes too long to dry, it may acquire a mildew smell.

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