Synthetic insulated sleeping bags can be cleaned in much the same way as a down bag. See steps 1-5 below. Wash by hand or in a front loading commercial washer using ReviveX® Pro Cleaner™. Dry the bag unzipped on a clothesline.

  1. Add ReviveX® Pro Cleaner to the empty washer.
  2. Close zippers. Pull bag out of its stuff sack directly into washer to minimize loft. Bags with waterproof-breathable shells should be turned inside-out. Use warm water and the gentle cycle. Before drying, run an extra spin cycle to remove excess water.
  3. Now is a good time to apply a fresh water repellent treatment. Hang wet bag and spray with ReviveX Spray-On Water Repellent on the bag’s exterior. Carefully move the wet sleeping bag into the dryer.
  4. Dry bag according to manufacturer's instructions (typically line dry or dry on a low heat setting). NOTE: High heat or small home dryers can melt synthetic fabrics. Always use a commercial dryer if manufacturer recommends drying. The bag will be very water logged and the insulation will be clumped together – this is normal! The loft will be restored in the dryer. Use tennis balls to fluff it up.
  5. After sleeping bag has had a chance to thoroughly dry, store in an oversized sack to preserve the sleeping bag loft. Transfer to stuff sack when you're ready to pack for your next camping trip. Happy camping!

 Originally Published: Apr 3, 2011

 

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