Wherever you are, you need a comfortable sleep to get ready for the next day's activities. For enjoying a comfortable and relaxing sleep you need a clean and hygienic environment around you. To achieve this, you need to clean all of your belongings frequently. Cleanliness enhances freshness and makes you feel more comfortable in your surroundings.
Sleeping bags are used most when one is out travelling. When a person sleeps in a sleeping bag, sweat excretes from the human body and dust accumulates inside of it. The sweat and dust make for an unpleasant order and create a shabby appearance.
No one wants to smell body odor, so in this post I am going to show you how to clean your sleeping bag. There are several ways to clean a sleeping bag, but I am only going to focus on methods that are easy to follow and don't harm the sleeping bag's quality.
It all depends on how frequently you use a sleeping bag. There is no need to wash it after every trip if it looks fine. You can wash it once or twice a year but if you use it more frequently, it is recommended to wash it quarterly. Pulling out a nasty sleeping out of storage is no fun. If you are storing your sleeping bag for a long period after usage then it is recommended to wash it before storing it because if dirt, body oils and sweat stay for a long period it will deteriorate its quality and reduce its life.
Sleeping bags are divided into two types depending on their insulation type.
Synthetic sleeping bags are cost-effective, a little heavier in weight than down and are easy to clean. This insulation type is made up of polyester material which doesn't absorb much water and is very effective and useful in wet weather conditions which you face during camping. They need special care during cleaning because corrosive detergents can cause harm to the insulation.
Down sleeping bags are lighter in weight and are compressible. This means you can adjust them in bag packs easily. They absorb water and are more expensive than synthetic bags. They have more insulation power compared to synthetic ones.
There are several methods generally in practice to clean a sleeping bag. I will discuss all these available methods of cleaning along with their advantages and disadvantages if any.
It’s a simple method in which you apply the cleaning process to a specific point on the sleeping bag where you have noticed some soiling. If there is dirt or soiling on some specific points then there is no need to wash the whole bag. You can save time and cost by using this easy and effective method. You just have to follow these simple steps.
Dry cleaning is not recommended in the case of both synthetic and down sleeping bags. Oils or salts accumulated in sleeping bags will leach down deeper inside due to use of different dry cleaning solvents. Different bleaches used for this purpose can also react with the fabric and affect its quality. So the above mentioned 3 cleaning techniques are recommended but this one is not recommended in any case.
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