Product Care

Your Capestorm products are technically designed to endure many different types of environments. No matter how well we design and manufacture our products, it is up to you to follow the wash and care instructions provided with each product. Below you will find general wash and care information for various types of products and materials found in our products. Please note that you must read each products wash care label before washing it to ensure you do not damage it.

Apparel

General wash care

  • Wash with 30°C lukewarm water
  • Don't tumble dry 
  • Don't iron 
  • Don't dry clean, use bleach or use fabric softener
  • Wash like colours together
Tips
  • Don't use liquid detergents 
  • Double rinse

Wash care label example

Wash care label example
  1. Wash at or below 30°C
  2. Do not bleach
  3. Do not iron
  4. Do not dry clean
  5. Do not tumble dry

Rainwear

  • Don't dry clean, use bleach or use fabric softener 
  • Wash separate by hand in warm 40°C water  using NikWax Tech Wash
  • Rinse well
  • Tumble dry on low heat and secure all zips and flaps
  • After washing treat DWR with Nikwax DWR spray
Wash tips
  • Close main zipper and velcro.
  • Open pocket zips and loosen all elastic tensioners
Drying tips
  • Remove excess moisture by pressing with a clean towel
  • Turn garment periodically inside out 
  • Tumble dry up to 15 minutes on low heat

Down Jackets

  • Don't dry clean, use bleach, or use fabric softener
  • Wash separate by hand in warm 40°C water
  • Use only down specific soap 
  • Rinse well 
  • Tumble dry on low heat and secure all zips and closures 
  • After washing treat DWR with Nikswax spray
Wash tips
  • Wash in a mesh washing bag or pillow case if you don't have a front loader, wash 1 item pre-wash
  • Use sock balls or dryer balls 
  • Close main zipper and velcro.
  • Open pocket zips and loosen all elastic tensioners
Drying tips
  • Remove excess moisture by pressing with a clean towel
  • Turn garment periodically inside out throughout the dry cycle 
  • Tumble dry up to 15 minutes on low heat

Fleece

  • Don't dry clean
  • Don't use bleach or use fabric softener
  • Wash in 30°C luke warm water
  • Don't tumble dry
  • Don't iron
Wash tips
  • Wash inside out to prevent piling forming on the outer surface
  • Close main zipper and velcro (if applicable).
  • Open pocket zips and loosen all elastic tensioners
Drying tips
  • Remove excess moisture by pressing with a clean towel

Equipment

Backpacks

  • After each trip wipe off dirt  (inside and out) with a damp sponge using a mild soap such as NikWax Tech Wash
  • Empty all the pockets/compartments
  • Rinse the pack completely using lukewarm tap water
  • Clean all dirt off (inside and out) with a damp sponge using a mild soap such as NikWax Tech Wash
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water
  • Make sure all dirt is rinsed out of buckles and zippers
  • Pat dry with a towel and allow the pack to dry away from heat source and not in direct sun
Wash tips
  • Use a soft bristled nylon brush to get tough and stubborn stains out.
  • NB Excessive scrubbing will damage the fabric!
Drying tips
  • Make sure there are no pools of water trapped in the bag
  • Leave all the pockets open
  • Hang it on your wash line or a tree branch in a breezy spot to ensure it drys quickly 

Tents

  • Inspect your tent after use and brush off any dirt, or organic material
  • For tough dirt marks, use a damp sponge with a mild soap (like NikWax Tech Wash) to wipe away the dirt
  • Rinse with cool fresh water
  • Dry the tent out completely before storing
DON'T do the following
  • Wash in a washing machine or dry in a dryer
  • Don't use a hair dryer or heat gun to dry
  • Don't store your tent damp - it will go mouldy very quickly which will ruin it
Drying tips
  • Remove excess moisture by drying with a clean towel
  • Hang up the fly sheet from a high breezy spot to help it dry faster
Storage tips
  • For long term storage, store the tent loosely in a cotton sack or cardboard box in a cool dry place
  • This will ensure longevity of the fabric

Sleeping bags

Washing a sleeping bag by hand can take a few hours, so ensure you set some time aside. 

How to Clean a Down Sleeping Bag: 
What you’ll need:
  1. Nikwax down wash
  2. Large basin/bath tub
  3. 2 x Clean tennis balls
  4. Tumble dryer
  5. Clean, soft bristle toothbrush
Step 1:
Loosen all zippers and draw cords on your sleeping bag. Fill your bath/large basin with lukewarm water and add Nikwax down wash as per the specific instructions on the bottle, and ensure the Nikwax mixture is evenly dispersed throughout the tub. Carefully submerge your sleeping bag in the tub/basin.
Step 2:
For an extremely dirty sleeping bag, first focus on dirt spots with a clean soft-bristle toothbrush (using gentle, circular movements to remove tough stains) and Nikwax down cleaner. Leave to soak for an hour, after which you can drain the water and replace the tub with fresh water. Remove excess soap by gently massaging it (take care not to wring or squeeze, this will damage the down). Repeat this step until all soap is gone and the water is clear.
Step 3:
Drain all water from the basin/tub and gently massage the sleeping bag to remove excess water. Take care to support the bottom of your sleeping bag when removing it from the tub/basin as down is heavier when wet which can cause seams to stretch and tear unnecessarily if not supported adequately. Lay your down sleeping bag on a flat, smooth surface to air dry for a few minutes and take care to once again ‘massage’ the down to ensure it is evenly dispersed throughout the sleeping bag. Tumble dry on a low heat for no more than 15minutes at a time. Be sure to add two regular tennis balls to your dryer to assist with the even dispersing of the down. Take your sleeping bag out of the tumble dryer after 15 minutes and re-check that the down filling is evenly dispersed. Repeat until dry (this may take several hours, ensuring you’re occupied for almost a day) and leave your sleeping bag open during the night in a protected area to ensure it is 100% dry.
How to Clean a Synthetic Sleeping Bag: 
What you’ll need:
  1. 8-10kg front loader washing machine (DO NOT USE A TOP LOADER)
  2. Tumble dryer
  3. Tech wash such as Nikwax
  4. Soft-bristle toothbrush
Step 1:
Loosen all zippers and draw cords on your sleeping bag. Set your washing machine on a gentle cycle/ Be sure to double check the care label of your sleeping bag to determine whether it’s better to use cold or warm water. Follow the specific instructions Nikwax suggests in terms of quantity to be added to your wash cycle.
Step 2:
Give your sleeping bag a second gentle rinse in the wash to ensure any excess soap is removed. Gently squeeze out any excess water with your hands, and take care to support the sleeping bag from below when removing it from the washing machine.
Step 3:
Place your synthetic sleeping bag in the tumble dryer on a low heat setting for 15-30mins max. Ensure no clumping of fabric takes place after taking it out the dryer and giving it a good shake after each drying cycle. To ensure your bag is 100% dry, leave it open on a flat, smooth surface overnight to breathe.
Storage tips
  • Do not store your down sleeping bag compressed in it’s storage bag as this will damage the down fill over time and impact on your sleeping bag’s ability to insulate effectively.
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