How to Spot Clean a Down Sleeping Bag

How to Spot Clean a Down Sleeping BagSleeping bags are bound to get dirty whether after camping in the woods or staying in a hostel--it is hard to keep your bag clean. Sleeping bags need to be entirely cleaned in the washing machine once in a while with a wash like Granger's G-Line Down Wash But, you don't always have that option. Spot cleaning is an easy, quick way to spiff up your bag when traveling or at home for minor stains.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Soap and water or Down Wash
  • Rough-sided sponge
Step 1
Lay the sleeping bag out on a clean surface and locate the spot or spots you would like to clean. Soak a dish sponge that has one rough side for scrubbing in warm water.
Step 2
Scrub stained area with the sponge and warm water to dampen and begin breaking up the particles. This will make it easier for the soap to get in there and do its work.
Step 3
Dab a bit of soap, laundry detergent or down specific wash onto the area and scrub it into lather with the sponge's rough side. Many sleeping bags are made with a somewhat water repellent nylon coating these days, which means that the stains aren't likely to go beyond the surface layer. It is also easy to wipe stuff off of them if you happen to catch the stain just after it happened.
Step 4
Rinse out the sponge so that there is no soap suds left and wipe away the soapy lather on the bag. Rinse out the sponge a few more times as you do this, until there is no soap left on the bag. If it has soaked through to the down a little bit there is no harm done, you will dry it.
Step 5
Leave the bag to dry in a clean place that is out of the sun. If you have soaked a fairly large area of the bag by spot cleaning (1 to 2 square feet or more) then you will want to beat that area several times as it dries so that the down doesn't clump up and remains fluffy.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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