HOW TO CLEAN A DOWN JACKET
When it comes to down jackets, you may be asking: does it make sense to have my down jacket professionally washed? After all, it looks fine--there are no noticeable stains, and the material is extremely durable isn't it?
You're absolutely right, most down jackets are constructed with heavy-duty nylon, making them waterproof and extra insulated during harsh conditions. However, what you might not realize is over time, is that even durable fabrics deteriorate over time if not kept clean. Think of your expensive down jacket as an investment--much like a car. If you don't treat it with care, even a quality down jacket will eventually break down.
As stated on the Canada Goose website, "A well looked-after Canada Goose garment will be sure to stand the test of time."
Keeping Your Jacket In Pristine Condition
The first step in revitalizing your gear is to wash it. Over time, your jacket naturally picks up dust and dirt, which get embedded in your jacket's outer layer. Furthermore, ketchup, coffee, grease-they all clog the pores of your gear’s fabric, and no, this is not some acne treatment pitch. When a fabric’s pores are clogged, the breathability and waterproof qualities are compromised.
According to Canada Goose's instructions on how to take care of your down jacket: "When your down-filled parka requires cleaning, it is important that you take it to a reputable dry cleaner and that you do not machine wash it. Machine-washing your parka will void the warranty. If your parka has a removable fur option, remove the fur ruff before dry cleaning. If you have a small stain on your parka, you can spot-wash with a mild bleach-free detergent and water."
Of course, we're not only talking about Canada Goose jackets here. The same concept applies to other high-quality brands. Even with dry cleaning, there is a possibility of damage. Find an experienced cleaner with a strong reputation, and make sure they clean the jacket and the fur-lining separately.
Is Dry Cleaning Really Necessary?
It's certainly not imperative to dry clean every type of down jacket or parka, but it will save you a massive amount of time and worry. Machine-washing down jackets at home is a time consuming and tedious process, often requiring multiple runs through the dryer, and the fur cleaning process another risk in itself.
The main reason we recommend having your down jacket or parka professionally dry cleaned is to ensure that your investment is well protected and secure. Machine-washing some high-end brands like Canada Goose will actually void the jacket's lifetime warranty, which is very important to consider. Bringing your jacket to a reputable cleaner with a gentle, yet thorough cleaning process will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your jacket is in safe hands.
Lastly, Store Your Jacket Properly
Make sure you clean your jacket before storing it. Stowing away your jacket for a few seasons without cleaning it first will definitely deteriorate the fabric. Refer to the product care label on your garment for specific wash care instructions.
If possible, remove the fur and hang it vertically to allow the hide and hairs free movement. This avoids dust collection and keeps your fur soft and fluffy.
Let the jacket hang freely on a wide hanger. For best results, store in a dark, moisture-free environment.
Use a breathable garment bag for dust protection. You cleaned your jacket, now it's time to ensure it stays that way.
Avoid packing your down jacket into crammed spaces. Stuffing your jacket into a small space will bunch of the down feathers, creating an uneven fill.
Finally, it may be worth noting that the garment specialists at Meurice are expertly trained in cleaning, restoring, and finishing luxury down jackets. We take great pride in our work and offer some of the best service in the NYC metro area. If you have a Moncler or Canada Goose jacket that needs cleaning, give us a call and we'll set you up with a quote and even a free pick up and delivery depending on your area.
The Meurice Team