Cleaning a sleeping bag is an important part of maintaining its longevity and keeping it in good condition. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to keep your bag fresh and ready for the trail.

Check the care instructions. Many sleeping bags have specific care instructions, including washing instructions, provided by the manufacturer. Make sure to follow these instructions carefully to ensure that you do not damage the sleeping bag.

Prepare the sleeping bag for washing. Before washing, shake out the sleeping bag to remove any loose dirt or debris. If the sleeping bag is particularly dirty, you may want to spot clean it with a mild detergent and a damp cloth before washing.

Wash the sleeping bag. Most sleeping bags can be washed in a front-loading washing machine on a gentle cycle using a mild detergent. If the sleeping bag is particularly large or bulky, you may need to take it to a laundromat or a professional cleaner that has larger washing machines.

Dry the sleeping bag. After washing, it is important to dry the sleeping bag thoroughly to prevent mold and mildew growth. Most sleeping bags can be tumble dried on a low heat setting, but it is a good idea to check the care instructions to make sure that this is safe for your particular sleeping bag. If the sleeping bag is not machine washable or if you are concerned about damaging it in the dryer, you can lay it out to air dry.

Store the sleeping bag. Once the sleeping bag is clean and dry, it is important to store it properly to prevent damage. Make sure to stuff the sleeping bag into its storage sack and store it in a cool, dry place. Ensure that the insulation is not being compressed. Avoid storing the sleeping bag anywhere that it could come into contact with moisture.