Down Coat Care – Learn How To Wash Your Winter Down Garments The Right Way
True allies of Canadian winters, all our FOSFO down coats have RDS certification and a fill factor of 600 with an 80/20 quality. To keep it in perfect shape throughout the years, make sure to wash it, at the beginning or at the end of the season, by following these 5 easy steps!
If down is most often used as insulation for a winter coat, it is because it can withstand a wide range of climatic conditions, from the most arid to the mildest. Since it offers great breathability and a high warmth index, the down jacket has proven itself in Canada.
To maintain these extraordinary insulating and waterproof properties, the short, long or maxi down jacket must be washed the right way, at the right frequency. The simple fact of washing your down coat, at the beginning or end of the season, will allow it to regain its luster and its original volume. Regular maintenance will also allow it to maintain the 5000 MP waterproofness found on all FOSFO down jackets for women and men.
To remove a visible stain, simply make it disappear by rubbing lightly with a clean cloth and a mild soap, such as Marseille soap. This step can be carried out as many times as necessary during the winter, in particular to remove grease, coffee or food stains from the coating of the down coat. It should also be done right before putting the down jacket in the washing machine.
That’s right, all FOSO down jackets can be washed in a front-loading washing machine! To restore the down jacket to its youthful appearance, simply wash it in cold water, on a gentle cycle, and use a mild detergent. Before putting the winter coat in the washer, make sure to empty the contents of the pockets! Do not use fabric softener or bleach.
Step 3: Dry the down coat
In order for the down coat to regain its body, it is essential to put it in the dryer, once the washing cycle has finished. The best way to do this is to set the dryer on low and add dryer balls or tennis balls to the tub. It is not uncommon for the down coat to need two to three cycles to dry.
Step 4: Hang the down coat
In order for the down coat to regain its body, it is essential to put it in the dryer, once the washer cycle is finished. Once the dryer cycle is finished, it is better to avoid twisting its down coat , even if there is still a little humidity. Just hang it in the open air for a few hours before wearing it. It should then have returned to its initial volume. If necessary, you can put it back in the dryer for a few minutes.
Step 5: Store the down coat
At the end of the season, we store the winter coat, after having washed it. A down coat should always be stored out of direct sunlight. Even though it is compressible, it is recommended to hang it in a closet rather than folding it in a box.
And the synthetic coat in all this?
Most Audvik winter coats made in Quebec are synthetic. It is possible to wash them following the same instructions as a down coat… with one exception. Rather than putting the FOSFO synthetic coat in the dryer, let it dry flat.