Quilt washing

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by Shewie, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Just buy another instead......:laugh:
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  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I kept giving mine a good shake after 15 minutes or so in the dryer @Munro277
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  3. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Will do
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  4. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    449E557D-CA11-4F8D-A607-56A9EF0F1D79.jpeg Not sure how much it should have or how to measure it but overall height seems to be 3-4” now ,took it to large dryer at laundrette and gave it 50 mins there as well as the few hours at home it’s had in our own dryer,think it’s dry few more nights airing in front of log burner 94382213-6CCF-4D15-A81C-886DF8A2D1AF.jpeg N[ATTACH
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  5. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Did you weigh it before and after this time?
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  6. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Some things are not worth the weight..
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  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Does it look like an improvement Peter?
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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    A good tip for drying? Weigh your down item.. Jacket, quilt bag etc... Before washing and when you think it's dry... You've an idea then if there's potential moisture inside and out that you might confuse with slightly clumped down?
    I washed my alpkit bag the other day... I didn't use a tumbler at all.. Just a good breeze and gentle shaking and manipulation of clumps... I might take it up the laundrette for a fifteen minute ride in the drier...
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  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    When I took my Rab smock to the laundrette totha day.... I put the jacket in the drier, and then proceeded to put the socks in that I'd balled up tight.... The Asian gentleman who ran the laundrette... Came over and started making a fuss in broken English.... "No no no.... No dry no dry!"
    I said... "yes yes yes..... It's okay"
    "no no no.... No dry, no dry... Need to open" as he started unravelling my socks.... I smiled and tried to explain but he wasn't having it. Then it dawned on him that my socks were already dry... And then he became even more confused.
    Eventually he just put his hands up and conceded that he had a daft hick that was happy to pay for dry socks to ride around in his tumbler with a wet coat...
    Happy days
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  10. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    I knew my real weight for bag before will reweight it time night did that last time when it went away too
    Yes it does look much better than before this wash
  11. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    yes comes in at 630 g
  12. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Gained or lost this time?
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  13. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Same but last time was first wash after 200 odd nights off use might have only been used 50-100 nights since last wash.
  14. Aidan

    Aidan Trekker

    I have washed loads of Down items bags and jackets. Wilko pure liquid soap is very good and very very cheap. I don't have a tumble dryer but I do have a drying room at work! I just hang them up after a few hours give them a shake then again before I go home. Next morning they are normally bone dry. Easy way to tell if they are dry is weigh them before washing on a digital scale. They should weigh slightly less (a few grams) once dry.
  15. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    How much liquid soap did people use when washing 100ml, also better to use a wool wash at 40 or silk/curtain wash at 30?
    & what temp in the drier, 40 or 60?
    cheers!
  16. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I think I used a capful, maybe 50ml
    30 degree delicates cycle, low heat in the dryer, plenty of taking out and shaking
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  17. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Same here
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  18. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Used the Wilko stuff as well, £3, bargain
  19. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Silk. Both the wool and silk should use extra water, but the wool wash often doesnt agitate the water enough.
    In case you missed it, wash it twice. Soap is rubbish at removing oils.
    Tumble drying kills quilts, it will catch the loose threads in the baffles and tears them open. It's ok to do it for short periods when nearly dry though. IME, none of my down filled stuff needs tumble drying if it's clean.

    Since last year, I've switched to using liquid castille soap and have getting better results from it. It rinses quicker and seems to wash better.
  20. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Should I wash & rinse twice with each wash, or just a second rinse with the second wash?
    This quilt is stitch through construction, do you recommend air drying instead of the drier?
    Cheers
  21. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    I tumbled my aegismax really really carefully; worked brilliantly.

    With the weather here today, air drying might work by September.
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  22. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    It's good to rinse twice, gets rid of more of the dirt. TBH, I try and do my big quilts in the bath where I can wash and rinse them without risking them as much.

    Yeah, always air dry if poss I say. In summer it'll usually only take a couple of days and a breezy day will see most of my stuff a long way to dry. Lumps of wet down/thread can get tangled and in the dryer they can turn into horrific tangles inside as they knot themselves inside. Once it's more lofted and seperated, the tangle risk reduces
    A sewn through quilt can be repaired easily, it's a nightmare doing internal baffles though.

    Stitch through isn't any where near as succeptible to damageas baffled. It's those unseen mesh bafles with loose thread that can come undone and tangle round each other.

    Must add though that it's important to get the down dry before it goes mouldy; mould will kill a quilt too.
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  23. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    @Teepee If i had a bath I think i'd do the same, will wash the PHD one in the machine but will probably send my katabatic alsek off to be washed before winter as it just seems too big for the machine, could be wrong.
    Cheers! :thumbsup:
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