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I have some sleeping bags and a coat that need washed. I know the general consensus is to go to a laundromat and use a front loading machine.

My question is: Is there any way to make a top loading machine work? Such as putting it on as delicate of an agitation cycle as it goes, or perhaps letting the machine fill up, agitate for a few minutes, and stop it to let everything soak for say an hour, then resume?

Or should I stay away from a top-loader at all costs?


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You might blow out the interior baffles. Or you might not.

Taking the chance is usually not worth it. I'd probably hand wash before using a twisting central spindle machine. That way I'd control the force and abuse level on the items.

Spot cleaning has served me well over the years.
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I use my bathtub.
To drain and transport to the clothes line I use the cotton bag my bags come with.
So you shift the sb into the cotton bag, do not lift it in .
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PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 13 2013, 7:07 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I second the tub if no front loader. Even on gentle cycle the nylon can slide into the agitator and toast the baffles and maybe even tear the shell open.

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I use my bathtub.

Same with me.  Always works well although a bit time consuming.  Just be careful when lifting the wet bag out of the tub.  Be sure to give it plenty of support or the weight of the remaining water in the bag will rip the internal baffles.  After it's dried naturally to the fullest extent possible, I take it to a laundromat and put it in the largest drier with a low or flugg setting.   Turns out like new with great loft.

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I will echo the comments above...No top loader, period. Bathtub, then drain...take sleeping bag out and then dry. I recommend letting it dry on a sweater rack or something to that effect before putting in a dryer. I've put mine in my own dryer with a bunch of dry towels.

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I use the laundrymat's washers. I blew out a gasket on my front loader that cost me $50 in parts and an afternoon to replace. Washer guy says that is what happens when you wash heavy blankets or *cough* sleeping bags *cough*.

So I block out the time and take them to the laundry and blow out their gaskets instead of mine.
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I don't recommend hand washing a down bag .. it's more difficult than you think, and most people end up worse off than not washing the bag at all. part of what happens is its difficult to fully rinse the bag, get all the soap out of the down, and whatnot - ending up with down that never fully restores correctly. Go to a laundromat and wash it properly.

Similarly, and related, it's much harder to fully wet down that people expect .. which means the bag doesn't get cleaned properly anyway.

Unless the bag is awfully dirty, not washing it almost always a better option than handwashing.

Same thing with drying it. Hanging to dry doesn't work well on a down bag .. dry it on low heat, for a long, long, long time.

I think a top loader is best avoided, though if you use is "manually", like suggested in the OP, you might be OK. I'd avoid actually letting the agitator run though .. just fill it up, let the bag soak up some water, and "agitate" by hand. Fill it up again and soak and rinse and soak and rinse and repeat. A few times.

Just go to a laundromat.


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Spot cleaning has served me well over the years.

I agree.  I've had my down bag for three or four years now and all I ever really do it spot clean if needed.  It if starts to smell bad I add some Febreeze and call it good!  

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Spot cleaning, and the front loader at the laundromat when needed.

To get an idea of what it's like to hand wash a bag, imagine wrestling with a large recalcitrant seal. Wet, slippery, and heavier than heck. The down is hard to get wet but it will soak up huge amounts of water once it's there.


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I second the tub if no front loader. Even on gentle cycle the nylon can slide into the agitator and toast the baffles and maybe even tear the shell open.

Eeek, I didn't know that. Thanks for the warning. I washed a down comforter in a top loader last week. The hard part was getting it to actually absorb water. It took about 5 hours in the dryer plus about two days spread out to dry. Based on that experience I was about to put my down sleeping bag in the top loader. Guess I won't.
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Probably best to also put it in a commercial dryer that is much larger than the one at home, the extra room to unfurl helps the down spread out better too.
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a couple of thoughts....

-i rarely wash sleeping bags, as in i'll go several years before doing so unless the bag gets dumped in the mud or bled on (have had both).  however, i regularly use a light bag liner so any body oils end up in the liner rather than the insulation; cocoon liners are a heck of a lot easer to wash.  VBL liners are even better, just clean them in the shower and hang dry.  

-on those rare occasions, i have been able to do 'normal' (+ zero degree) down bags in our regular front-loading washer set on delicate, meaning low velocity final spin, with down wash, and our home dryer, set on low heat, with a couple of clean sneakers or a bunch of clean tennis balls.  just washed a down sweater that was quite soiled with great results.  

-some of the nicer top loaders don't have central agitators, they 'might' be OK.  check first.
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You might blow out the interior baffles. Or you might not.

Taking the chance is usually not worth it. I'd probably hand wash before using a twisting central spindle machine. That way I'd control the force and abuse level on the items.

Spot cleaning has served me well over the years.

hello I do not have much information about cleaning process but my friends say steam cleaning is effective. What is your views guys?
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You might blow out the interior baffles. Or you might not.

Taking the chance is usually not worth it. I'd probably hand wash before using a twisting central spindle machine. That way I'd control the force and abuse level on the items.

Spot end of lease cleaning brisbane has served me well over the years.

hello I do not have much information about cleaning process but my friends say steam cleaning is effective. What is your views guys?

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In regards to steam cleaning, I have always hand washed so I can't guess other than to state I'd pay attention to your shell's material. Steam on down itself would not be a concern. I'm a bit paranoid about sending my equipment out to someone not used to working with it.

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