Gear Aid ReviveX Down Cleaner, 12 Ounce
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- 4x concentrated formula cleans up to 24 garments
- High-performance down Cleaner preserves the natural oils, loft and warmth of down
- Ideal for Use on all down, including downtek and other treated down
- Gentle formula will not damage down insulation
- Safe for Use on all down products
- Down cleaner for all down products including jackets, sleeping bags and comforters; 1 wash lasts all season
- 12 oz formula is 4x concentrated to cleans up to 24 garments; safe for use on all down products
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|REVIVEX Down Cleaner||REVIVEX Pro Cleaner||Odor Eliminator||B.C. Life||Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo|
|No. of Washes||10||20||N/A||10||10|
|Primary Use||Down Jackets & Sleeping Bags||Jackets & Outerwear||Wetsuits & Tents||Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)||Wetsuit & Drysuit|
|Top Feature||Restores loft||Restores repellency||Removes odors||Cleans and conditions||Cleans and conditions|
Use ReviveX Down Cleaner by Gear Aid and you can clean your favorite down like a pro without the expensive bill. This gentle formula preserves natural oils to restore the loft and warmth you thought was gone forever. Perfect for all down, including DownTek and other water repellent down products, just one wash per season will keep your down lofty and warm. It will also gently clean waterproof breathable shell fabrics, making it a necessary step before treating with ReviveX Durable Waterproofing. Part of the McNett family of brands, Gear Aid features trusted repair and maintenance products for outdoor gear. For over three decades McNett has been providing you with the Essentials for Adventure.
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Western Mountaineering recommends this cleaner for their bags, and they know down. I think McNett specifies that this bottle will clean 3 sleeping bags, and down doesn't need to be cleaned very often, so this should last you quite a while.
We had a couple of king size 100% down pillows we purchased about 9 years ago, and they had gotten FLAT to the point where I had to fold mine in half, or even thirds in order to support my head. We thought (wrongly) that the down had all gotten crushed and broken, and of course they SMELLED of all the oils on our bodies from all those years of use. Well, two strikes, and it was time to buy new pillows, right? Well, I did my research and found out that I COULD WASH MY DOWN PILLOWS!
I used a regular household top-loading washer and front-loading dryer.
I started my washer on a large load, and added about 7 cap-fulls of this concentrated soap. Then I rolled what was left of my pillows to squeeze the air out, submerged them, and let them absorb the soapy water. After washing on the gentlest cycle for about 15 minutes, I checked and noticed all the soap bubbles were gone; as a chemist, I know that means my soap was used up, getting some of the oils out. On a side note, the pillows shriveled up to almost nothing when they were wet, so I could have used the medium size load on my washer.
Step 2: (for heavily soiled/oily pillows like mine)
I drained the water out and restarted the process with fresh water and soap, and this time there were still soap bubbles on the surface after about 15 minutes of washing, so I knew that I had gotten virtually ALL the oils out. I allowed the machine to drain and rinse the pillows.
I restarted the washer and added 2 scoops of OXY Clean to the water. (This is an oxygen bleach, a dry form of hydrogen peroxide, and is a great whitener and cleaner. It will not hurt the down or the pillow covering.) I let that mix 15 minutes and then let the washer continue through its rinse cycle.
Step 4: Rinse 3 more times, with the settings on extra-large to get the maximum rinse. Spin dry twice. At this point, I took what was left of my poor pillows out of the washer and didn't have much hope. Think of a huge fluffy dog reduced to nothing when wet... yeah, that was our pillows. Well, I'd come this far...
Step 5: Into the dryer on the lowest heat setting (slightly warm) with 3 dryer balls to "fluff" the pillows.
After the first hour, I removed the pillows and untwisted them and put them back in. Still pretty damp.
After the second hour, they had fluffed up enough not to twist in half anymore... looking more like pillows now... my hope soars!
After the third hour, my pillows looked almost like new, but I could still detect some dampness inside. Could they get any better?
After the fourth hour, my pillows felt dry and were totally puffy and filled the pillow completely. They are now as good as the day we bought them!
Conclusion: IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT. Yes, it was a bit of time (mostly) and a little bit of work to get these pillows back into nearly-new condition. New king size 100% down pillows are well over $100 each, so I figure I just saved myself at least $200 by cleaning my pillows.
I was so impressed by its performance I decided to test it out on a very old down comforter that hasn't been washed in years. It was in pitiful shape, very flat with several bare cold patches, I was strongly considering buying a new comforter for this winter. Once again I followed the bottle instructions, except I opted to use my top loading washer rather than go to the laundromat for a front loader. I thought for sure this blanket couldn't be saved, so I risked using my top load washer thinking there was nothing to loose. Once again, it blew me away! Using the top load washer didn't seem to harm it at all, just be sure to use the delicate cycle. Our comforter is full, lofty, and warm once again. Washing and drying redistributed all the down so it has even coverage, just in time for winter! No more fighting over the warm sections of comforter on cold nights.
I'm so glad I decided to give this product a try. If you're washing comforters and sleeping bag the bottle is only good for 3 uses, but based on the performance I still think it's more than worth the price. I looked forward to extending the life of all my down products now that I can properly care for them. I'll be buying again!