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Caring for your sleeping bag

Caring for your sleeping bag is easy. We recommend caring for your bag with the range of Nikwax products to help maintain water repellency and clean any soiled material.

Check out the video or the step-by-step instructions on how to wash your sleeping bag below.

Video guide to washing your sleeping bag

The guys at New Zealand Hunter Adventures have done an amazing job explaining how to care for your bag whether it down or synthetic.

If you prefer written instructions, see the step by step guides below the video.

Steps for washing your sleeping bag

IMPORTANT: when cleaning sleeping bags use a big, front-loading washing machine, generally found at a laundromat. Home washers are too small, and don’t allow proper circulation of water through the bag. Always use a front-loading washer, as top loaders may have an agitator that can tear the baffles inside your sleeping bag

Washing your down-filled bag

1. Put bag in washing machine

2. Add Nikwax Down Wash Direct

3. Wash. Throw in an extra spin cycle or two to get the excess water out of the bag

4. Dry! Run multiple dry cycles on low heat with clean tennis balls, or dryer balls, to fluff the bag back up

5. Waterproof if necessary using Nikwax Down Proof

Washing your synthetic-filled bag

Synthetic-filed bags are a tad less fussy than down bags to clean. You still need a big washer though, so pack up and head to the laundromat. 

1. Put bag in washing machine

2. Add Nikwax Tech Wash

3. Wash. Throw in an extra spin cycle or two to get excess water out of the bag

4. Dry. You can use a dryer on low heat to speed up the process, or hang to dry

5. Waterproof if necessary using Nikwax TX.Direct