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How to Wash a Synthetic Sleeping Bag

Wash Your Synthetic Sleeping Bag

Cleaning Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Restore Loft and Warmth to Down Bags

Synthetic insulated sleeping bags can be cleaned in much the same way as a down bag. See steps 1-5 below. Wash by hand or in a front loading commercial washer using ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner. Dry the bag unzipped on a clothesline.

To wash your sleeping bag, head to your local laundromat and use a large front loading washing machine.


Step 1:

Add ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner to the empty washer.


Step 2:

Close zippers. Pull bag out of its stuff sack directly into washer to minimize loft. Bags with waterproof-breathable shells should be turned inside-out. Use warm water and the gentle cycle. Before drying, run an extra spin cycle to remove excess water.




Step 3:

Now is a good time to apply a fresh water repellent treatment. Hang wet bag and spray with ReviveX Spray-On Water Repellent on the bag's exterior. Carefully move the wet sleeping bag into the dryer.


NOTE: the bag will be very water logged and the down plumes will be clumped together - this is normal! The loft will be restored in the dryer.




Step 4:

Dry bag in a large commercial dryer on the permanent press (medium) heat setting. Clean tennis balls may be added to break up down clumps.


NOTE: Home dryers aren't big enough to let sleeping bags tumble freely. The bag needs to be lifted and then free-fall to dry properly. High heat or small home dryers can melt synthetic fabrics. Always use a commercial dryer!





Step 5:

For best results lay the bag unzipped on a clothesline to let the fill return to its lofty glory.





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