Sleeping bag care
- Don't leave the bag in the compression sack for long periods. Store it loosely or put down bags in the provided store bag and synthetic bags with loosen compression straps.
- Air the bag after use. Remember the human body gives off about 1/3 of a litre of perspiration each night.
- A sleeping bag liner and/or an outer bag extends the life of the bag, as well as increasing the warmth effect.
- Do not roll your bag. Starting with the foot end, stuff the bag into the stuff sack, take care to distribute the bulk evenly. Rotate the bag as you stuff and kneel on it if necesssary. This will extend the lifetime and performance of the filling.
- Wash your bag only if really necessary. E.g. if it is very dirty, stinks or the Loft is shrinking.
Ajungilak sleeping bags are are mothproof and non-allergenic.
How to wash a down sleeping bag
Either wash your sleeping bag in the washing machine (gentle cycle on 30°C/drum size at least 7kg – Note: most household washing machines only have a drum size of 4kg) or by hand in the bath.
And it goes like this: put some down washing agent or a special washing agent (eg. TOKO Care Line) in a bath tub filled with luke-warm water; push the sleeping bag with closed zipper under the water and carefully pull it out; the washing water works itself into the sleeping bag. Let the water out of the tub, press out the sleeping bag from foot to head; put a washing basket in front of the tub and put the sleeping bag into it. Put clean water into the tub and repeat the procedure until the washing agent has been throroughly rinsed out.
To dry it, spread the sleeping bag out on a large washing stand. The down clumps which are stuck together in the chambers have to be pressed out every 30 minutes. After 4 hours loosen the clumps up by hitting the sleeping bag with your hand. After two days shake the sleeping bag out and it is almost dry.
You can also dry it in a large tumbler (at least 7kg) and let it spin, put a couple of tennis balls in as well. Look out for hot spots in the tumbler, as these can burn the outer fabric! Your down sleeping bag will be dry when you can‘t feel any more knots in it. The above times are for a winter sleeping bag with 1kg down filling. For summer models just shorten the time accordingly.
How to wash a synthetic sleeping bag
Synthetic sleeping bags may be washed in the washing machine or by hand in the bath. The washing machine must have a capacity of at least 7 kg (Note: most domestic washing machines have a capacity of no more than 4 kg). Use one third of the usual quantity of a mild detergent (do not use a fabric softener) - or a special detergent (e.g. TOKO Care Line). All synthetic sleeping bags with MTI fillings can be washed at 60°C (except for Nordic and Alpine UL models, which should be washed at 30°C). Synthetic fiber sleeping bags with OTI fillings can be washed at 30°C. Rinse the sleeping bag at least 5 times.
If you use a tumble dryer, please be sure to set it to no more than 30°C. Close the zipper and add a few tennis balls to loosen up the filling. Check the tumble dryer by hand for any hot spots that could burn the outer fabric. Drying time without a tumble dryer: Synthetic fiber: approx. 24 hours.
To remain breathable, the sleeping bag must be permeable to air. This is necessary for the correct functioning of the sleeping bag, but has the consequence, that the finest strands of down can find a way to work their way through the fabric.
It is important to understand, that this does not mean that the fabric is damaged, just that the small down pieces work their way between the fibres of the fabric. The best solution is to pull the stray down from behind back into the filling. The small hole where the fibres have separated will usually repair itself through natural repositioning of the fibres as the sleeping bag is used. This process can be accelerated by gently rubbing or massaging the fabric in the area around the hole.
Do not pull the down out of the sleeping bag! Inside the sleeping bag the down clusters are mixed together and sometimes linked together. Usually, if you pull out one down cluster, another will follow, and so on. This will progressively increase the hole between the fibres making the problem worse. There are no breathable down sleeping bags that that have absolutely no down loss. The loss of a few strands of down lies in the nature of the technology and does not mean that the product is faulty. Losing a few down strands will not reduce the insulation of the sleeping bag. From our cooperation with the worlds leading fabric suppliers and guaranteed down quality we can guarantee top performance from our product.