Every experienced camper knows that once their Sea to Summit sleeping bag starts to smell, it’s time to wash it. But how? Can you throw it in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes?
Here, you can learn all about how to properly wash your Sea to Summit Sleeping Bag. Doing so takes just a few moments of your time and can promote an enjoyable camping experience.
Use the Washing Machine
Not all Sea to Summit Sleeping Bags are created the same. You can wash some sleeping bags in the washing machine. Others call for handwashing. You can check the inside tag on your sleeping bag to see if you can wash it in the washing machine.
Here are some things you should keep in mind if you’re considering this option:
- Do not use a top-down washing machine. These appliances use propellers to rotate clothing and other materials. The propeller in a top-down washing machine can shred your sleeping bag and make it unusable. This would also avoid the warranty, making you financially responsible for any repairs or replacement.
- Use the most gentle setting possible. If you’re using a washing machine, and it’s not a front-loading model, use the “delicates” setting. That way, you prevent any damage from destroying your sleeping bag.
If your sleeping bag is made out of synthetic material, you can put it in your washing machine on a general setting. Again, consider whether any propellers could damage the product.
If you don’t want to use the washing machine, you have a few options when it comes to cleaning your Sea to Summit Sleeping Bag.
For example, suppose that you slept “cowboy style” underneath the stars in your sleeping bag. Chances are, one side is covered in dust, gravel, and other debris. Still, you don’t have to do a total wash. Simply take some soap and warm water and apply it to the dirty area. You might even use a Tide Pen for those hard-to-erase spots.
Hose the Sleeping Bag Off
Sea to Summit notes that it’s a good idea to clean your sleeping bag at least once a year. You don’t have to wash it after each use––unless you notice dirt or odors.
To wash your sleeping bag with a hose:
- Unzip the bag.
- Drape it over something, like a fence or clothesline.
- Hose it off using lukewarm water.
- Leave the sleeping bag to air dry.
If you want, you can also apply dish soap to add an extra layer of sanitation.
Hand Wash the Sleeping Bag in the Bathtub
You can also submerge your sleeping bag in the bathtub to clean it inside and outside. Here are some things to keep in mind when doing this:
- You don’t have to fill the bathtub all the way. Just fill the tub enough so that you can submerge the sleeping bag.
- Unzip the sleeping bag before putting it in the bathtub. If you try to take out the sleeping bag, and it’s full of water, you risk tearing the seams apart.
- Don’t use scalding hot water. This risks damaging the sleeping bag’s fabric, making it prone to leaks and tears.
- Don’t use any abrasive materials. Do not use a dishwasher scrub or Brillo pad to clean your sleeping bag. This will likely rip the fabric. Instead, knead the material in your hands. Alternatively, you can roll up your pants, get in the bathtub, and step carefully, like you’re crushing grapes under your feet.
How to Keep Your Sleeping Bag from Getting Dirty
Even if you put your sleeping bag in the washing machine, it’s still a hassle. There are a handful of things you can do to keep it from getting dirty, including:
- Keep your sleeping bag in its protective case. Many Sea to Summit Sleeping Bags come with protective cases, protecting it from the elements and allowing for easy transportation. There are also interior liners available to keep the inside from getting dirty.
- Keep it in a dry place. If you store your sleeping bag in a humid garage, mold and mildew will grow on it. Your best bet is to keep your sleeping bag in a dry place, like your closet or under your bed.
- Be mindful of where you put your sleeping bag. When getting ready to settle down for the night, think twice about putting it in a wet, muddy, or uneven terrain. If possible, lay down a sheet before putting down your sleeping bag. This will limit the number of times you have to clean it.
A Final Word
Depending on what sleeping bag you have, you could put it in the washing machine on a light setting. However, if you’re concerned about damaging it, you could wash it in the bathtub, hose, or by hand.