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    Wrestling with down

    I just gave my 3 season JRB that's been my top quilt for a year and a half going on two a wash - good grief.

    Why am I so paranoid about getting this stuff wet? it's easier to wash the cat! I picked up some ReviveX and used about half what it says to use on a sleeping bag.

    It's a little bit scary to push a big full baffle you think is full of migrating air and find out it's water. Took me a long while of wrestling it around to get it wet, and then rinsed, and then squeezed until the water wasn't running out of it. Then a few spins in the washer got the rest of the water weight out and things improved - didn't feel like I was carrying a wet seal any more.

    It's been tumbling in the dryer for two hours now - 15 minutes of very low heat, 30 minutes of no heat, 30 minutes more of no heat, 15 minutes of very low.... with breaks for clump busting. Almost back to full loft but I can tell there's still some wet in there.

    Down is truly amazing stuff, seems to hold many times its weight in water and when wet goes down to something the size of a baseball, yet it fills that whole baffle when dry.

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    It will be fluffier then ever when you are done. i just got done with my Marmot Helium and it is a brand new bag.
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    I was going to do the one I use as an underquilt, but am debating that now - it's always been the underquilt and only used once or twice as a top, so may just postpone that another year. It's been my comparison for the other one - it looks like it hasn't lost any loft at all.

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    They say you should throw a couple of clean tennis balls in the dryer to fluff it up.
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    They say that, but it wasn't even necessary. I was such an attentive laundress that I would only let it go half an hour at most between checks. I hardly had to do any unclumping at all - shook it out, turned it around, felt down the baffles, pushed the down around some, put it back in for another tumble.

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    When my Uncle passed away, I claimed his down sleeping bag. It must have been 30 years old. I remember using it as a kid for my boy Scout camping trips. any way I don't think it has ever been washed, So I washed it it in a traditional washer /dryer. Talk about a wet mop. I think it took 2 or 3 yours to dry. It never got that clean and still stunk like camp fire.
    Now fast forward, My wife and recently purchased one of those fancy washer/ dryer combos. Uses less water and energy,Must spin 300 MPH, Eco friendly and crap like that. Anyway , I thought I would try it one more time with just Tide soap. Worked WONDERFULLY. Soft, smells nice and very clean. would do it again.
    Lori, send me a PM I'll give you My Phone and address, You can come over and use it if you want. Least I can do for a fellow Fresno Hanger. Russ
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    russmay, i used TIED and worked wonderful
    never use reg detergent on down, it coats the down and will not work as efficiently. imho
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    In these new washers you have to use special soap because it spins so fast it foams up. So I used this special tide but I rinsed twice before I threw it in the dryer. I probably would use ReviveX but at a diluted rate.
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