The Selk'bag® should last a long time and be with you on many an adventure, that is, if you care for it properly! Please follow the following recommendations for caring for your Selk'bag® Sleepwear System.
We recommend that you first refer to the care label attached to your Selk'bag® stuff sack. Please refer to the following website for a thorough interpretation of care label symbols: http://www.apparelsearch.com/care_label_symbols.htm.
The following are additional recommendations for caring for your Selk'bag®.
Storing Your Selk'bag®
When not using your Selk'bag®, there are a few things to remember:
− It is important to store your bag in a cool, dry place. With good ventilation your bag will be able to keep its loft for the lifetime that it was intended.
− Be sure that your Selk'bag® is dry before storing. If your bag is not completely dry before storage it is possible to experience mildew formation before the next use. (For tips on drying your Selk'bag® see the Drying Your Selk'bag® section below)
− We recommend that you do not store your Selk'bag® in a stuff sack for extended periods of time. Stuff sacks, although great for saving space and providing convenience during your trip, are not recommended for storing your Selk'bag® for long periods of time. The compression created in a stuff sack may damage the loft and damage the Selk'bag® itself over time. Instead, we recommend that you store your Selk'bag® flat, hanging over a sleeping bag hanger, or better, in a large nylon or cotton bag (laundry bags work well for this).
− We recommend that you do not store your Selk'bag® in any type of watertight storage bag (like trash bags). These bags typically prevent proper ventilation and can be another source of mildew formation.
Washing Your Selk'bag®
General Instructions can be found on the outside of your stuff sack, but here are some other things to consider before washing your Selk'bag®. Remember, damage inflicted through washing your Selk'bag® will not be covered under the Manufactures Warranty, so please wash with extreme caution.
− We recommend that you spot clean your bag after each use to keep your product as clean as possible without having to wash the entire bag.
− Never dry clean your Selk'bag®. The chemicals used at dry cleaners may be harmful to the Selk'bag®, potentially causing a reduction in loft and thermal efficiency. There are some professional cleaning services that specialize in washing sleeping bags. However, these types of cleaners may or may not be available in your area; just remember that you should not use your normal dry cleaning service.
When washing your bag at home remember the following:
− Be sure to use a small amount of light powder detergent or special synthetic cleaning product. Do not use any liquid detergent or strong powders, which may be hard to remove from the materials after washing.
− We recommend that you hand wash your Selk'bag® in a large container with cool water and a small amount of a light powder detergent or special synthetic cleaning product.
− Rinse your bag several times to be sure that all of the detergent is removed. We recommend using at least two rinse cycles.
− Although machine washing is not recommended for your Selk'bag®, if you must use a washing machine be sure to use a front-loading machine. Do not use a top-loading machine; the agitator function could harm your bag. Before starting, be sure to zip up all zippers and turn the bag inside out. Wash on the gentle cycle with cool water and a light powder detergent or special synthetic cleaning product.
Drying Your Selk'bag®
Drying your Selk'bag®, whether out of the washer or after use, should be done with extreme caution. Damage inflicted through the drying of your Selk'bag® will not be covered under the Manufacturer’s Warranty.
− Do not dry your Selk'bag® in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. The UV rays may damage the nylon on your bag. Air drying is recommended by us because it is the safest option for your Selk'bag®. When air drying you may hang your bag on a line or place it on top of something. The process may take a long time, but is important part of caring for your Selk'bag®.
− We do not recommend the use of any machine dryers, especially normal household machine dryers. Most household dryers have a tendency to burn holes in the insulation of the bags.
− Although not recommended, if you must machine dry your Selk'bag®, we recommend that you use a large commercial dryer. Large commercial dryers will allow the Selk'bag® to move around freely. Use very low or no heat. This process will take several hours, and you must check your bag often to be sure that it is not being overheated. Be sure to check that the insulation in your Selk'bag® is evenly distributed throughout the process.
Other General Care for Your Selk'bag®
Here are some other general reminders for caring for your Selk'bag®.
− When putting your Selk'bag® into the stuff sack do not roll or fold it, instead, as the name states, stuff the bag into the stuff sack. Stuffing will create less stress on the bag’s fabrics and insulation and allow the thermal performance to preserve itself over time.
− When removing your bag from the stuff sack be sure to remove it carefully, as to not damage any part of the fabric, insulation, or stitching.
− If you are not using your Selk'bag® for an extended period of time, be sure to air and fluff it out periodically. We recommend that this is done every few months when the bag is not in regular use.