Caring For Sleeping Bags

One of the most of the equipment climbers have is the sleeping bag. This equipment duty chosen very carefully, always seeking a prolonged use.

To get cold when you’re asleep is not pleasant, and wake up shivering.

Below there is a very well written story by Márcio Bortolusso on this equipment is a great travel companion.

The sleeping bags represent one of the equipments that give us more pleasure during our adventures, responsible for the comfort and safety of unforgettable nights. Below are some tips on how to care for your equipment properly.

Starting with the basics, never wrap or fold your sleeping bag to keep it in your bag compressor. Always compress disorderly and without twists, so that its fibers and non-woven “viciem” folds (the so-called “memory”), making it difficult to perfect your expansion and thus jeopardizing your thermal efficiency.

At home, never keep it in the bag or folded compressor not to damage it in the same way. Store it in a clothes rack open, always in an upright position and sheltered from light and heat sources. If you store it in a closet that is well ventilated.

Another way to store it indicated by some manufacturers is within a huge cotton bag, away from the dust and without zip it. Never keep your dirty, wet bag or in plastic containers, to avoid the proliferation of mold. The use of dehumidifiers and insecticides that contain paradiclorobenzeno in your closet (for moths, odorless and harmless to the tissues) is recommended for the protection of your bag, but never use directly in contact with the product.

How much of the climbing equipment that have fiber and/or tissue, the more you wash your sleeping bag plus it will take your life. Therefore, wash it only when it’s really necessary, that is, soil-as little as possible.

Some bags can be washed without damage by following some basic care, others, such as some synthetic fibers filled cannot be washed. The correct thing is to read the manufacturer’s manual to find out whether it is possible to wash your bag and what the appropriate method. If it is a washable bag, the ideal is to follow the recommendations of your manufacturer.

In General, it is recommended to leave the bag to soak in warm water for half an hour and wash it by rubbing the fabric carefully, without the use of brushes or SOAP. If it is very dirty, use a thin bristle brush and mild soap, ensuring complete removal of their waste.

Ideally, the drying is in the horizontal position, preferably in a braided clothesline that supports your size. Ultraviolet rays are one of the greatest enemies of synthetic fibers, so dry it in the shade and when is apparently dry let him for a 20 minutes in the Sun for drying your warranty.

Never wash your sleeping bag to dry, unless directed by the manufacturer. And in no event shall wash your bag in the machine, use bleach or pass it, some of the most effective methods to destroy it.

Keep the zipper of the bag clean and away from dirt. Anytime, lubricate it with silicone or paraffin wax (paste or liquid). But watch out for the automotive, little thick and silicones which may contain dyes and petroleum derivatives, capable of hitting your sack.

After trips to the seaside, rinse them well to remove sand and salt from sea spray that can corrode the cursors and destroy some models of zippers.

Your equipment must also stay away from chemicals in General, especially of petroleum products (petrol, diesel, etc.), highly harmful products to the components of the bag.

On long trips and of little use, do not leave your bag for days stored in the backpack. If possible, leave it open to ventilate.

Whenever possible, leave your bag “rest” and airing at least a day between each use. During the days of camp, let him vent on the side inside out and even take some 20 minutes of sunshine for the evaporation of the moisture produced by condensation.

Always use thermal insulation, which in addition to regularize the land and protect the user from the cold ground, also reduces dirt and moisture absorption by the bag.

During the trail, never the carriage out of the bag, so as not to damage it in the obstacles out of the way. The ideal is to carry the bag in the bottom of the bag packed in a plastic bag to protect from rain and moisture.

If you have to sleep without taking a bath, at least clean clothes and wash your feet, because dirt residues and oiliness of the skin itself are aggressive materials. In addition, they can promote the proliferation of fungi and bacteria, some extremely contagious and responsible for most of the diseases of the feet. Remembering that the dirt is mold’s favorite nutrient and the dark, damp, warm environments are ideal environments for your training.

In no event shall come into your boots, bag not to get it dirty or tear it.

At the end of each trip or in the preparations of the next, always check the State of the zipper, the fabric and the seams.

Need to do some repair, activate the warranty or seek the services of the manufacturer, avoiding increasing the problem with inadequate manpower.

A well-manicured bag can follow for many years, providing you with some of your most pleasant nights.