How to Clean Your Down Coat

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

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When you purchase a high-end down coat, you’re making an investment. A good one at that: the right coat keeps you warm, dry and stylish all winter long. If you take good care of your coat, it can last many years – even a lifetime. Why not take advantage of the change of season to give your coat a boost of freshness? Find out how to clean your down coat to ensure it’s ready to wear when next winter rolls around. 

Canada Goose – MacMillan Parka – Men’s 



Nobis - Stella A-Line Trench - Women's

Nobis – Stella A-Line Trench – Women’s


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First Things First

Before tossing your down insulated coat into the wash, it is best to research your product’s cleaning instructions and the brand’s warranty guidelines if there are any. Some brands, such as Canada Goose, recommend taking the coat to a dry cleaner as the warranty is void if you wash the product yourself. Other brands such as Quartz Co. recommend that you do not dry clean their coats. Please do your research so you don’t get any surprises should anything happen to your beloved coat.

Never Use a Top-Loading Washing Machine When you Clean Your Down Coat

Duvets can be extremely fragile. Even on the slowest cycle, the agitator could rip your exterior shell or the insulation. Go for a front-loading washing machine. If you don’t have one – find a friend who does!

No Intense Heat

You can put your duvet in the dryer, but make sure to set it on low. If it gets too hot, the heat could melt the fabric or break the fibers and feathers inside the jacket.

Put a Tennis Ball in the Dryer

This may sound funny, but having a tennis ball pounding on the jacket will help the insulation and the fibers to stay in place. Of course, make sure the ball is clean and don’t put anything heavier – it could actually rip the coat.

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Let it Hang

Once it’s dry, hang the duvet in a place where it will have enough room. It’s ok to compress it in your bag while you’re hiking, but in the long run, compressing it too much will destroy the space between the fibers (also called loft). This is a key element in a jacket’s thermal capacities.

• Please check the manufacturer for more details and warranty issues related to washing your down gear in the washing machine. 

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There is 5 thoughts on this article titled “How to Clean Your Down Coat”.

  1. Took daughters Canada Goose to Timpsons who have cleaned it for the past 2 years at £8.99 each time…took it today they now want £75 to dry clean same jacket…what’s that all about???

    1. Hello Carol, unfortunately, we are only a retailer that sells Canada Goose and have no input or information regarding the price of coat cleaning at authorized establishments.

  2. This reply was far better than my first one. I will follow these directions in future. This time I will just wash the cuffs and collate gently by hand and air dry. Thank you very much. Diane Tilden.

  3. This article told me very little. I need to know if I can wash the cuff and collar of my padigonia down filled coat. I will wash them by hand No Dryer. Please advise . Diane

    1. Hi Diane, this is taken directly from Patagonia’s site:

      Wash your down garment in cold water in a front-loading machine with a gentle detergent. You can find specific detergents made specifically for washing down items. Machine dry on no to low heat (may take a few cycles) with two to three clean tennis balls added to the dryer to restore fluff.

      You can choose not to use the dryer although if the garment takes too long to dry, it may acquire a mildew smell.

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