How to Maintain a Sleeping Bag

If you maintain your bad sleeping bag, it will lose its insulating capacity and protect you so well against the cold. Here are some tips to extend in the best conditions the life of your sleeping bag, whether down or synthetic.

  1. Keep Your Own Bag

The padding (whether made of feathers or synthetic fibers) suffers with every wash. The feathers lose some of their natural fat and become brittle, break and lose their swelling power and insulation. For their part, synthetic fibers, which have a rough surface (so they do not stick to each other), underwent a silicone treatment, and each abyss washing the silicone layer and decreases the swelling power of fibers. So it is absolutely not necessary to wash your sleeping bag every time. However, it is important to ventilate well as often as possible.

Returning to go out, shake it and let it dry for several hours. The best way is to spread open on a clothes line, preferably outside. Before storing, make sure it is dry, especially if you are sweating a lot during the night or it rained. If you are camping for several nights in a row, spread the bag open outdoors occasionally, for about ten minutes. Better not spread on the grass or on a forest floor, but on a clothesline or roof of a tent.

If your sleeping bag is stained, you can just wash with water stains on the outside fabric. To avoid soiling and wash it less frequently, you can also use a sleeping bag (a sheet that goes inside the sleeping bag) or a lightweight sleeping bag (usually nylon or waterproof fabric that puts outside the bag). In addition to protecting the bag against dirt, these protections slightly increase the insulating capacity of the bag.

  1. Wash The Bag


Washing a down is always a delicate operation, since the price of bags so be careful there. Some brands offer a professional cleaning service and upholstery, more than the wash house, but also safer! Some cleaners can also arrange to clean your duvet. However, if you choose to do it yourself, it is better to follow some basic rules:

-If the down is very dirty, soak it in water at 20 ° maximum with a little soap for at least 6 hours, and gently brush the most impregnated parts.

-If the duvet just needs a conventional washing, you have two options: by machine or by hand. If you choose to use your washing machine, select the “Delicate” cycle or “wool” and wash cold or very low temperatures. Before putting the duvet into the machine, turn it so as not to wreck too water-repellent outer fabric. You can also use a washing bag to avoid addicts in the drum of the machine.

-Use a mild soap (or a third of the normal dose) or a special detergent down. The important thing is above all that soap does not contain too strong detergent or phosphate. Add two or three tennis balls to prevent the down do not balls.

-If the washing machine scares you, use a large basin or tub. Take the opportunity to soak a while fluff before washing. Lather detergent, then rinse several times until the water runs clear. Dab the bag to remove as much water as possible, but never wring. To remove the bag from the bathtub, take over and extend over its full length, to avoid damaging the bag.


Washing a sleeping bag in synthetic fiber can usually be achieved by machine. However, it is very important to follow the washing instructions prescribed by the manufacturer. The fibers are very delicate and unsuitable washing can greatly alter their insulating properties, particularly because of too high a temperature, or because of too rapid rotation of the drum of the washing machine. To wash the sleeping bag, choose a mild liquid soap. Up the zipper and Velcro together the bag before proceeding. For synthetic like to fly, do not wash only one bag per machine.

  1. Drying

Down Bag

After washing, dry the bag as soon as possible with cold or warm air, placing it in a tumble dryer. Add a few tennis balls in the dryer to speed drying, give volume to the bag and properly distribute the insulation inside. The balls will type the pen so it will not sort in “clod” but also allocate.

Synthetic Bag

The recommendations are the same as the down, but the drying process will be much faster. In addition, the lining will not form a package avoiding the tedious work of replacing the blanket. It is also preferable for the synthetic fiber bags leave to dry in the open air.

  1. Storage

It is best not to store his sleeping bag in its carrying bag, where it will be compressed too, but in a storage bag (never plastic), to allow the insulation to bulk. It can also extend in a dry place away from sunlight (under a bed for example). Contrary to popular belief, the best way to keep a sleeping bag is not to let him roll. When the bag is to be kept at home for some time without being used, it is much better to keep the spread; insulation fibers and retain their properties, they could lose through being compressed in the bag rolled. Some sleeping bags are designed to be placed “ball” in their storage bag. This does not just make life easier by eliminating the rolling of the bag, but also to better distribute the wear of the fiber. In this case, it is important to get the sleeping bag from its storage bag when not in use because it must not store a “boule” bag.

Now that you know how to take care of your sleeping bag, you are ready to tackle the various  dream campsites  Quebec and elsewhere!