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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Caring for Sleeping Bags

My son is obsessed with Star Wars. When he started that obsession, I wasn’t too worried. That’s because when he develops an interest in something, it usually only lasts a week or two. But this obsession has lasted months. So when his Uncle Larry gave him a Darth Vader sleeping bag, he was beside himself. He’s been sleeping on his bed in the sleeping bag nightly. So given my obsession with cleanliness and the fact that I wash our sheets religiously every Friday, I had to quickly learn about washing sleeping bags.

Most sleeping bags can be washed but check the care label before cleaning because many contain down or fiber filling. Sleeping bags should be washed separately on gentle. To wash, add the detergent to the washer and partially fill it with warm water. Submerge the bag into the water to expel air, then allow the washer to finish filling. Periodically stop the washer, open the lid, and press air from the bag to help ensure good cleaning. Typically they can be tumbled dry at regular temperatures. You can add a clean tennis ball to the dryer to help fluff up the filling.

If the sleeping bag is too bulky for a home washer, or if it says what mine does – “Use only oversized commercial front loading washing machine with rotating drum action. Do not use top loading agitator style machines.” – then you can either hand wash it in the bathtub or bring it to us. We can take care of it for you.

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