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c4mailman.pb
11-15-2019, 12:37
I know this topic is a sad one but must be addressed, equipment storage, particularly fabric and insulation storage. I have stored things like tents with spray on type waterproofing and taped seams just to have them be sticky to the touch and tape crumbled. I have stored them in their stuff sack as well as very large mesh laundry bags. I have stored them in climate controlled areas and places like a hot garage. Same problem no matter what. Is this common? Do I need to just figure on periodically treating these fabrics? Finally do I need to store down filled items fluffed or in the stuff sack or does it even matter?


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cmc4free
11-15-2019, 12:45
Most people store their down quilts loosely
- Hanging in a closet
- In a bin (make sure it's completely dry before closing the bin, and/or store with desiccant)
- In a large cotton or mesh sack (some quilts come with one)
- etc.

How much it matters is debatable, but it's a fairly widespread practice.

c4mailman.pb
11-15-2019, 12:49
Most people store their down quilts loosely
- Hanging in a closet
- In a bin (make sure it's completely dry before closing the bin, and/or store with desiccant)
- In a large cotton or mesh sack (some quilts come with one)
- etc.

How much it matters is debatable, but it's a fairly widespread practice.

Thanks. I may try the bins.


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cmc4free
11-15-2019, 13:00
Thanks. I may try the bins.


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That's what I do, personally.

TxAggie
11-15-2019, 16:23
My down is in the Cotton Bags they came with and simply sit on an open wire shelf.


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ATGIRL2028
11-15-2019, 19:53
My down is in the Cotton Bags they came with and simply sit on an open wire shelf.


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I was wondering the same...when I FINALLY get my topquilt in 4 more weeks (aaarrrggg!!!) how do I store it? Does it HAVE TO hang or can I fold it and put it loosely on a shelf? I really don't have anywhere to hang it, but plenty of shelf space.

cmc4free
11-15-2019, 20:20
Definitely doesn't have to hang. Just don't store it compressed and try to keep it in a dry, climate controlled environment, and you're good.

ATGIRL2028
11-15-2019, 20:23
Definitely doesn't have to hang. Just don't store it compressed and try to keep it in a dry, climate controlled environment, and you're good.

Perfect, ty.

AndyK
01-23-2020, 08:32
Keeping quilts in large mesh bags has worked for me for the past couple years. I live in a tiny New York City apartment, so hanging my quilts isn't really an option.

OneClick
01-23-2020, 08:45
I would never hang my stuff even though I have the space. Just feels rough. I have a few down coats hanging on padded hangers and they still get a good deal of tension in the shoulders. Just being totally paranoid I'm sure.

Shug
01-23-2020, 09:37
I do hang all my TQs, sleeping bags and UQs.
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Adroa
01-23-2020, 09:52
Most people store their down quilts loosely
- Hanging in a closet
- In a bin (make sure it's completely dry before closing the bin, and/or store with desiccant)
- In a large cotton or mesh sack (some quilts come with one)
- etc.

How much it matters is debatable, but it's a fairly widespread practice.

So if the quilt is totally dry then it is fine without airflow? Currently got my TQ in a large bin but saw someone post on the forums that they needed airflow. Been meaning to circle back and make sure mine was not suffocating! :D

Shug
01-23-2020, 10:14
So if the quilt is totally dry then it is fine without airflow? Currently got my TQ in a large bin but saw someone post on the forums that they needed airflow. Been meaning to circle back and make sure mine was not suffocating! :D
These quilt bags from Hammock Gear work great. Breathable.....https://hammockgear.com/storage-sack/

Shug

OneClick
01-23-2020, 10:19
So if the quilt is totally dry then it is fine without airflow? Currently got my TQ in a large bin but saw someone post on the forums that they needed airflow. Been meaning to circle back and make sure mine was not suffocating! :D

I would love to hear the explanation from them on why they need air flow. I'm not being facetious, I just can't think of a reason if it's put away dry and kept in a home.

cmc4free
01-23-2020, 11:30
I've been keeping all my (dry) quilts, sleeping bags, and out-of-season down jackets in bins for years. No mildew or ill-effects of any sort.
After using a quilt, I do leave it hung in the garage to air dry for a couple of days before putting it back in the bin. If in any doubt, I might even leave the lid off the bin for an extra day or so.

My thought is that anyone claiming airflow is "needed" is taking extra insurance against putting away a quilt before they know for sure it's totally dry.

justinae
08-06-2020, 15:05
I know the thread is a bit older but I store my down gear underneath my bed all laid out.

brady1
08-14-2020, 21:39
I keep all of my topquilts, underquilts, sleeping bags stored in one of those 3 compartment laundry bins. I have 2 of them in my camping gear area.

OldGuy
10-01-2020, 10:53
Keep my UQ, TQ and down sleeping bags in large mesh bags on a shelf. I do not stack them on top of each other though.

dutch_henry
10-01-2020, 16:35
I would love to hear the explanation from them on why they need air flow. I'm not being facetious, I just can't think of a reason if it's put away dry and kept in a home.

I think a lot depends on indoor air quality inc humidity levels. In grad school I had an apartment in the pacific northwest. In the rainy winter, clothing compressed against an exterior wall (eg hanging in one of the closets) would get moldy. The single pane windows in that place, among other things, made it hard to regulate indoor humidity levels.

That's where the air circulation argument comes in. Humidity creates condensation on impermeable layers, especially on colder surfaces in tight spaces (like my exterior closet wall). So you can hang loosely, so air can circulate without trapping moisture/forming condensate. Or you can toss bone dry stuff in a bin, to keep the humidity out to begin with (though when I do use bins, I'll toss some dry cedar in there, with the thought it can absorb moisture if it does find its way in).

My stuff now hangs from a beam in my dry basement. Works well and easy to rack up for a trip.

Halfed
10-01-2020, 17:00
I know the thread is a bit older but I store my down gear underneath my bed all laid out.

Me too, and just because I didin't have another one to store them at the moment.

OneClick
10-02-2020, 07:45
I couldn't do under the bed. Last week I pulled out the Thermarest mats I keep there...so much dust I could have planted crops on them. Nasty. But they are sitting for months or even a year without use so that matters some.

Halfed
10-02-2020, 08:35
I meant, inside my bed. It is like a box. :)

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OneClick
10-02-2020, 08:42
I meant, inside my bed. It is like a box. :)

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Perfect!