One of the best attributes of down is its durability and longevity. In a world of fast fashion, your down jacket is one item in your closet that can last a lifetime. All that is needed is proper care – of which the information around down care can be misleading at best and destructive at worst.
It is a lot easier to care for your down product than many people think. All it takes is the proper detergent and a little patience. Clean down is able to retain more warmth, has better loft, better compression, will look and feel better, and leads a longer functioning life cycle of the product. Taking proper care and regularly cleaning your down will keep it performing as well as – if not better than – the day you bought it.
Washing down is not unlike washing our hair.
The down cluster itself is a Beta Keratin protein, and as such, much of the same care is needed with down as we take with that hair on our head. Too much oil or dirt or any other foreign substance, and it goes flat and clumpy. Soap or chemicals that are too harsh can strip it of the oils we need for it to be bouncy and resilient, making it brittle.
And like our hair, the down cluster contains essential fats and oils that are necessary to retain resiliency and loft. When we process material at ALLIED, we look to retain a very precise amount of these, while achieving an extremely clean product. This is why the composition of the detergent itself is extremely important. Harsh chemicals and overprocessing can cause irreparable damage.
Think of our ALLIED DOWN WASH as a shampoo for your down jacket.
Additives like bleach or other harsh chemicals in most laundry detergents might be able to get your product clean quickly, but can strip the down of those fats and oils necessary for the performance and durability of the product.
You would never use your hand soap for your hair, so why would you use a regular detergent for your down?