How to wash north face goose down jacket
Paid a small fortune to owned coveted North Face Goose down jacket. Whatever the color, you're eventually going to have to wash the jacket. But north face down jacket is a natural product it requires special care. So much so that most companies like north face Goose and other makers of quality parkas insist that their garments are dry clean only. Note that while companies like north face goose down insist that not heeding the dry clean only label will void the warranty on womens north face jackets, if done properly, it will not ruin your coat.
Since it is the lightness or loft of the feathers that makes your down jacket so toasty warm, this is what you're trying to protect when you wash the coat.
Lay it out and make sure that the pockets are empty and any loose dirt or dust is removed.
Take the removable linner off if you jacket has.
Prepare the garment by trying to get off all loose dirt, dust, debris, etc.
Place the north face jacket evenly into a washer without the centre agitator.
Add Down detergent. Avoid using hot water as it can damage the coatings on the jacket and the down itself. It may be beneficial if you have a white or light colored coat to wash it twice, once using just warm water and the second time using warm water and detergent.
Remove the jacket and Place the jacket in a dryer set to cool or tumble dry. Before putting the item in the dryer, place in on a flat and clean surface. Take a clean towel and press it against the down jacket to try and soak any excess water out of the down clumps. (Don't press really hard though, just medium resistance) This allows the down to squeeze out any excess water before the drying process begins.
Once the coat is halfway dry, about 40 minutes on the cool setting, you may wish to hang it up for a day to minimize the stress from tumbling around in a dryer for hours on end. If it still isn't dry after a day, pop it back in the dryer for another 20 minutes and it should be dry. You may also wish to hand fluff the jacket as you would a down pillow.
The way also suit to wash other goose down outdoor gear, such as goose down sleeping bags.
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