How to wash your hiking down jacket without ruining the feather fill.
How to Wash a North Face Jacket
North Face jackets, even waterproof ones, need not be taken to a dry cleaner. However, you'll want to protect your investment should you decide to self-launder a North Face product. There are effective home solutions available for washing and drying your North Face jacket, regardless of what material it is, without ruining its integrity.
Washing a Waterproof North Face Jacket
Place the jacket in a front-loading washing machine on a low spin, double rinse cycle.Make sure all pockets are zipped up and all Velcro straps are fastened.
- Do not use a top-loading washing machine; the center agitator will cause damage to the jacket, particularly the pockets.
Pour in a small amount of liquid detergent.Only liquid detergent will do; powder detergents will damage the material, as will fabric softener and bleach.
Move the jacket to a tumble dryer on a low setting.Drying your jacket this way will help maintain the integrity of the DWR (Durable Waterproof Repellant) coating.
- If you prefer to air-dry your jacket, hanging it on a line is perfectly fine. If you wish to iron it, use a medium setting with no steam, and either a silicone protective cover or cloth.
- If your waterproof jacket is particularly worn and beginning to absorb water, it may be time to revive the DWR coating. Spray-on or wash-in products are readily available online and in stores.
Cleaning a Fleece North Face Jacket
Secure all pockets and turn the jacket inside-out.Washing the jacket this way will help prevent “pilling,” or the balling up of lint, on the jacket.
- If you notice "pills" beginning to form, you can take a razor and gently scrape them off the exterior of the jacket.
Place the jacket in a front-loading washing machine.Using a low-spin setting, wash the jacket in cold water, as fleece does not handle high heats very well.
- You can use either liquid or powder detergent on fleece, but fabric softeners and bleach are still advised against, as they may damage the material.
Hang the jacket out to dry.Make sure it is completely dry before you place it in your closet. Due to it’s inability to handle high temperatures, tumble-drying or ironing fleece is not advised.
Washing and Drying a Down North Face Jacket
Place the jacket in a front-loading washing machine on a gentle cycle.Top-loading machines with an agitator will likely damage the construction of the jacket.Warm water and a mild powder detergent are recommended.For best results, repeat the rinse and spin cycles to help remove all soap residue.
- Make sure all pockets are emptied out and zipped up.
Remove the jacket from the washer by scooping from the bottom, not lifting.This will help prevent the down from clumping together at the bottom of the jacket.
Place the jacket in a tumble-dryer on low, along with some clean tennis balls.The tennis balls will help prevent the down from forming clumps, which would ruin the jacket.
Inspect the jacket every 15-30 minutes to ensure no clumps are forming.Repeat this process for about 2-3 hours, or until the jacket is completely dry.
- If you notice that clumps are forming, smooth them out by hand before placing the jacket back in the dryer. If the clumps are left alone, you may have to wash the jacket again in order to re-distribute the material.
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