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Have you washed a down jacket?

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middleagedspread Sat 13-Apr-13 09:14:44

I've got an old Boden Puffa type jacket.
It's ££ to have dry cleaned & I wondered about sticking it in the machine on a wool wash.
I don't want to totally ruin it though.
Dare I?

dexter73 Sat 13-Apr-13 09:21:42

What do the instructions say? I washed mine on a 40C wash and then tumble dried it with tennis balls to fluff up the feathers. Came out perfectly.

MadAboutHotChoc Sat 13-Apr-13 09:23:00

Yes I wash all our down gilets and coats - 30c wash using liquid detergent and then dry naturally before chucking in tumble drier for 10 mins.

LoveMyBoots Sat 13-Apr-13 09:27:42

Not sure what I did wrong, but tumble drying my down jacket made my washer-dryer smell awful!

middleagedspread Sat 13-Apr-13 09:28:34

dexter, it says specialist clean only...
Thanks for the advice, I'll risk it.
Tennis ball is an inspired idea!

bunnymother Sat 13-Apr-13 09:30:54

I was the down jackets that we all have in 30C and then tumble dry, only I use tumble dryer balls (the fluff the clothes up, allowing them to dry faster), as the tennis balls I bought made everything smell.

MadAboutHotChoc Sat 13-Apr-13 09:31:21

Tumble dry on a low heat - or you can shake the jacket to fluff up the feathers inside in.

MadAboutHotChoc Sat 13-Apr-13 09:31:37

*it not in!!

dexter73 Sat 13-Apr-13 09:32:35

The tennis ball bit was on the washing instructions! It said to use them or a clean sneaker, which I didn't have. (Jacket was an American brand). I would probably still give it a go in the machine as I love ignoring dry clean only labels.

bunnymother Sat 13-Apr-13 09:35:31

Oh dexter I am with you - sometimes dry cleaning is a waste of money. I think tennis balls are a good idea, only the ones I bought smelt really bad so I bought tumble dryer balls (they are "spiky" plastic ones) and they seem to do the same job, only odour free. Maybe your tennis balls are more fragrant than mine were.

LIZS Sat 13-Apr-13 09:38:28

Wash mine on 30o and use dryer balls in the dryer with it . Takes a while for the down to sort out and you need to air dry too as somehow the down never gets completely dry otherwise.

middleagedspread Sat 13-Apr-13 10:03:41

Thanks all, off to Tesco to search for tumble drier balls..

seeker Sat 13-Apr-13 10:05:51

I hand wash ours then air dry them. Has to be a really sunny day, or they don't dry before becoming smelly and horrid.

bishboschone Sat 13-Apr-13 13:58:52

I am / was a dry cleaner . I can tell you categorically that down / puffas do not like being dry cleaned. They like being washed at 30/40 then tumble dried until puffed up. The feathers do not like the solvent and it won't get the coat clean, especially if its white or light coloured. Specialist cleaning doesn't mean anything ( naughty Boden) . They put that on there as they are easily ruined by home washing and it saves returns .

bishboschone Sat 13-Apr-13 14:00:14

As what seeker said you must dry straight away or it needs I be a very sunny windy day to get them dry if you have no dryer but in my experience they won't puff up as much as they do in a dryer . Do not under any circumstances wash unless you can dry quickly as it will smell and you won't get rid of it.

LolaLadybird Sat 13-Apr-13 14:22:08

Another vote for machine wash and then tumble with tennis balls - this is how the instructions say to clean my puffa and has always been fine.

PaperLantern Sat 13-Apr-13 19:10:21

Make sure it is a cool tumble

Washed my down jacket tons of times (before I realised it was down) only time it went wrong was when I accidentally put it on a hot tumble. still only damaged a teeny tiny bit of the lining.

middleagedspread Mon 15-Apr-13 13:06:09

Thanks for the advice, I've washed it.
No tumble drier balls in my local (rubbish) Tesco so opened a new tin of tennis balls.
Jacket lovely & clean, and fluffy, but it does smell a bit odd from the tennis ball. Better than the previous bonfire smell though.
I can't believe all the money I've wasted on dry cleaning.

MadAboutHotChoc Mon 15-Apr-13 13:35:54

smile as a family we all wear down gilets and coats so there is no way we could afford to have these all dry cleaned.

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