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Can down jackets be washed in a washing machine? And which program should they be washed on? At Bergans, we often get questions about the washing and maintenance of down jackets. In this article, we guide you through the best way to wash a down jacket so that it retains its shape and function!

Down jackets should be machine washed as little as possible. If there is a stain, you can try to spot clean it. If it has acquired a strong smell, such as the smell of a bonfire, good ventilation can often be enough to get rid of the smell. But if it is dirty, you can clean the down jacket yourself with a good washing machine and tumble dryer!

How to wash down jackets in the washing machine:

  • Check the washing instructions. There you will find all the information you need.
  • If there are any stains, it may help to soak the jacket in cold water for 15 minutes first.
  • Close all zippers, buttons and Velcro. Remember to empty the pockets!
  • Turn the jacket inside out and put it in the washing machine. Do not fill more than half the machine with clothes.
  • Use mild detergent (about 1/3 cap for a jacket) and do not use fabric softener. Wash on a mild washing program (max. 30 degrees).
  • When the wash is finished put on an extra rinse program to get rid of all the detergent.
  • After washing, hang it up to drain. When the garment is almost dry, place it in the dryer, along with 4-5 tennis balls/dryer balls These will help to give the down its airiness back, and to distribute the down evenly throughout the jacket.
  • Use a low heat setting and remove the jacket when completely dry. During drying, you can take the jacket out a few times and shake it a little.
  • Hang the jacket for airing to remove the last remaining moisture.
  • Finally, shake and pat the jacket to distribute the down throughout the jacket.

Hope this helps you maintain your down jacket. If you have any questions, our customer service will be happy to help you!

Good luck!

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