Gear Cleaning Guide

Cleaning Synthetics

Regular washing and occasional maintenance can add years of life to your outdoor gear. Clean your equipment when it is dirty and before you put it away for the season. Always follow care labels. Do not dry clean or use bleach. Close all zippers and wash with a mild, residue-less soap (Like Charlie's Soap) in cool water on a gentle cycle. Sleeping bags should be washed in a large front-loading machine. Tumble dry at a low temperature or hang dry for 24 hours. Laundering synthetic bags too much may lead to a loss of some loft. For cleaning outerwear or synthetic sleeping bags, we suggest a variety of options, like Charlie's Soap and Nikwax™ Tech Wash.

Cleaning Down

Periodic cleaning of down sleeping bags and jackets is essential to maintaining maximum loft and ensuring the long life of the product. You can wash your bag at home using a Down Wash, or have it professionally cleaned by a service that specializes in cleaning down. It is NOT recommended that you try dry cleaning down items, it may decrease an item’s loft and damage the down. For cleaning your bag or jacket at home, we suggest Nikwax™ Down Wash.

Tent Mildew Removal

To avoid mildew and for best tent care, make sure to never leave your tent wet, especially inside of a stuff sack. After returning from a trip, make sure to set up your tent and air dry it out before storage.

To further avoid mildew, do not use any detergents on your tent, as it may remove the coating from the fabric. For your technical fabrics, we suggest Charlie's Soap, which is extremely gentle and leaves zero residues, and other technical wash brands such as Nikwax™.

The following procedure eliminates odors, but will not clean any stains:

  1. Mix 1 cup of SALT and 1 cup of CONCENTRATED LEMON JUICE in 1-gallon of HOT WATER.
  2. Wash with this solution.
  3. Let it dry.

Revitalizing Waterproof Gear

After properly cleaning your waterproof gear it may be necessary to apply a waterproof coating to it. There are two ways to do this. You can either get a wash in style water proofer like Nikwax’s TX direct wash-in and follow directions accordingly, or if you prefer you can do a spray on version for those hard to wash items, we recommend Nikwax’s TX direct spray on. After applying the waterproof coating be sure to dry items thoroughly per product instructions.


Remember to store your freshly cleaned and dried tent in a dry place.