How often should I clean my quilt?
Deep cleaning of ultralight products is necessarily time consuming to ensure years of life for the fabric and insulation, so smaller steps should be taken to keep your quilts or accessories clean regularly. During a trip, wherever possible try to wear a base layer while sleeping to keep most of the oils and perspiration off the fabric in the first place. If you like using a quilt or sleeping bag liner besides, this will also keep the quilt clean for much longer. After a trip, it’s advisable to use a damp (not wet) cloth or wet wipe to quickly wipe off the fabric to remove any dirt and oil before it has the chance to work its way through the fabric.
If through extended use the quilt becomes dirty, the dirt and oils will start to diminish the loft of down insulation and reduce the total warmth. In this case a thorough cleaning is necessary.
My quilt is disgusting. How do I clean it?
Very carefully! For down quilts use only a down-safe detergent (available from McNett, Grangers or Nikwax, etc.), and you should wash and rinse as gently as you can to prevent any damage to the fabrics, baffles or down. Do not use a washing machine, as it will almost certainly damage the fabric or stitching. Drying can be done with no heat, and again do so as gently as possible. Make sure the quilt is completely dry before packing or storing it. For more detailed cleaning informationclick here.
Synthetic items, such as the Prodigy, Prospect, Hoodlum, and Sleeping Booties, can be washed more simply. Use a small amount of normal clothing detergent and wash gently (again, no washing machines; the fabric isn’t made for that). Dry with no heat.
If you wreck your quilt in a washing machine, it is NOT covered by our warranty, and we will not repair or replace it for you.
How should I store my quilt?
Generally speaking insulation should not be stored while compressed, so all EE quilts will also include a larger storage sack for storage at home. Where possible store your gear in a room with dry air, and out of direct sunlight, also out of reach of pets as they tend to be very interested in what is inside your quilt.
Can I use a compression sack on the trail?
Absolutely. Down especially can be compressed a great deal with little or no long-term damage as long as it is dry when compressed. You won’t be able to compress a synthetic item as much as down, though if not abused it can still be done safely.
How should I keep my gear dry on the trail?
While packs typically are made with waterproof fabric, time, abrasion, and UV light will eventually reduce their ability to repel water, and many packs lack the seam sealing required to fully repel water to begin with; we recommend always being prepared for water reaching the inside of the pack. Pack covers offer some limited protection, though at EE we’re a big fan of using a large plastic bag (trash compactor bags work great) to hold everything that needs to stay dry inside your pack. We also include a silnylon stuff sack with each quilt, though a waterproof dry bag may also be purchased for more complete coverage.
I snagged and tore my quilt! How should I repair it?
Tenacious Tape (or similar repair tape). It can close those small gaps and hold for years if applied well. It works on basically any fabric you’re likely to bring on your hiking and camping trips, so we recommend having a stash of it along with you for any of those little tears that come up from time to time.
In some cases we can also repair some damage for you, though always be sure to contact us before sending a quilt in for possible repair. We are not responsible for any packages lost or damaged that are sent in to us. For more information about our Warranty, click here.
Is it safe to use a bug-repellant treatment, such as permethrin, to avoid insects and bed bugs on my quilt?
Assuming you follow the directions, we don’t know of any negative effects of using a Permethrin treatment, provided it is designed for clothing and camping gear use.
If my quilt has lost some of its moisture resistance, can I use a DWR treatment to add that resistance back in?
Over time, any DWR (durable water resistant) coating on a fabric will eventually break down or wear out, especially if exposed to frequent friction or sunlight. Aftermarket DWR treatments can be used to boost the moisture resistance of the fabrics in your quilt, but do not use treatments that require high heat to fully settle into the fabric. As with any aftermarket treatment to the quilt, failure or malfunction would not be covered by our warranty.