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    Cleaning North Face Down Coats?

    Hi,

    I wasn't sure where to post this, as it's a bit of a random one!

    I want to clean my North Face coat (I have one the long one, not the one that goes to your waist) but don't know how? I read the label and thought it was quite straight forward, but then after hearing about a friend ruining her hubby's in the washing machine I thought I had better do a quick google search. When I looked it up online there was a mixed response with how to do it without wrecking the lining or killing the feathers. Does anyone have any experience in cleaning one? I know the down jackets/body warmers are quite popular with the forces lads so hoping someone can help. Seeing as they're fairly expensive, I don't fancy ruining mine as I only got it in November time!

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    I've always put mine in the washing machine then tumble dry it with 3 tennis balls (clean, not chewed by the dog). It's 5 years old and been washed countless times and still looks practically new.

    Edit : Don't use fabric conditioner/softener though.
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    Maybe safest just to give it a hand wash or take it to a dry cleaners? I'm looking for a North Face jacket I like so I know they're expensive! I'd take it to someone who knows what they're doing!
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    Prob hand wash it to be safe... also I know from washing snowboard gear that you shouldn't use fabric conditioner as it can destroy the waterproofing x

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    Is there nothing on the North Face website? I would be tempted to send them an email to double check, that way if it goes wrong they should replace the coat. Oh, and tennis balls? What is that all about?

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    If you put a down jacket (or a down duvet) in the tumble dryer without the tennis balls all the feathers land up in a clump. If you put in the tennis balls they bash the jacket and keep the feathers moving around so they dry separately.

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    I never knew that!!

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    I bought my coat from Blacks, and on their website it tells you to do one thing and on the North Face website it tells you to do another! Various other sites have all got different stuff on them too. It says to not dry clean, although there are places that specialise in cleaning down products. I don't have a tumble dryer too, that's why I was wondering whether it will dry okay on it's own? Would hand washing it and then leaving it on the line all day work? Thinking maybe the wind and freh air will fluff it up a bit?

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    I've dried my down jacket without a tumble dryer before but it takes forever and a fair bit of work. You'll need to really, really squeeze (not wring) it out and depending on the fill of the jacket it could take up to a week to dry properly. The feathers will clump but so long as you bash it about regularly whilst it's drying it will be fine.

    I think you can get specific down detergent so it preserves some of the oil in the feathers. It might be worth using that instead of Persil. Not that I take my own advice mind you.

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    I dont mind it taking that long... I can deal with that as I have another coat I can wear for now. I have read that you should be careful when wringing the coat as you can damage the feathers by being too rough with it?

    I will have a look for the Down detergent, I'm not looking to clean it until the weekend so may go into town on Saturday and have a look around in the walkers shops and see if they have anything.

    Between the 2 of us, we have 2 Rab jackets, 2 North Face jackets and a North Face bodywarmer which are all down... They all seemed a clever idea at the time!!

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    I tried to wash a North Face coat in the machine totally ruined it, thankfully it was dirt cheap from Bosnia!

    I'm not good with down/feathers they bring on my asthma.
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    Definitely don't wring it, you'll snap the stalks (if that's what they're called) on the feathers.

    You have about the same number of down jackets as we do and there always seems to be one rumbling round the tumble dryer!

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    Ah, sorry misread your last post cuz I was sneakily checking replies in work! Nah, won't wring it.

    Oh, I don't know what to do... May see if I can find a specialist round about my way that can deal with it so I don't have too! If I was to clean it, follow the instructions (guessing as per Blacks website, as that's where I purchased it) and then it all goes wrong, could I take it back? It will still be under warranty as I only got it a few months back?

    This is the first one that I am attempting to wash. I doubt I will ever want to give the others a go!

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    Problem is with warranties and following their washing guidelines, it's just too easy for Blacks (or whoever) to turn around and accuse you of not following the washing instructions properly. The gits.

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    Well, I wont go down without a fight!

    Do you think it would be worth going to the shop I bought it from, getting their advice and then if it goes tits up I can go back to them and tell them I followed their instructions and it never worked?
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    You could do, they might have some info on a professional washer of down while you're there. They'll get you to part with 40 of your shiniest pounds then stick it in the washing machine!

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    Ha, they can get lost! I would rather take a chance than pay 40.

    If a mate can wash her wedding dress is her washing machine and that come out okay, then surely I can do my coat without a worry?!

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    Yep. Just stick the bloody thing in the washing machine!!!!
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    Just one thing. If you do by some miracle manage to feck it up, you're insured aren't you? Our right dress covers absolutely everything. I've knackered more than one evening dress which cost a fortune and claimed for it. Pesky heels and hems.

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    Yep, fully insured! Jeez, my mom would throttle us if we wasn't seeing as she works for Aviva! I am sure it'll be okay, even I it does go stiff as a board and I end up walking round with what looks like a grey lampshade on... I'll just put it down to experience!!

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