Before you throw out your favourite down jacket because of a stain, read this post to learn how to get stains out of down jackets. We’ll also offer some tips on how to prevent future staining.

Stains can ruin a sweater or your favourite jacket.

Special care is needed when removing stains from down jackets since the fabric itself, and the feathers inside them, are extremely delicate to handle.

This post will detail how you can take out those pesky stains so that your down jacket will be clean and stain-free for many years to come.

Steps To Get Stains Out Of Down Jacket

When removing stains from your down jacket we recommend using this method:

1. Place the item of clothing face up on a flat surface with as smooth a layer as possible between you and the down inside.

2. Fill a bowl or cup with warm water and mild detergent such as Woolite Black + White.

Soap may contain dyes that would leave your down jacket looking dirty if it were to rub against it during cleaning, so stick with plain old dish soap for this step!

3. Using a cotton swab, dab & blot stain areas away from feathers to prevent them from getting any wetter than necessary.

If you have access to a garment steamer or a handheld clothes steamer, use it on the area to help soften up the stain. Once softened, take another cotton swab and dab away any residue from the fabric.

4. Lay your down jacket in a clean, dry towel and gently press down to absorb excess moisture (do not rub).

As you press and pat your down jacket with the towel ensure that you keep its original shape; do not stretch or tug at it!

Patting will help prevent further damage done by pulling and stretching too much at once.

5. Take your down jacket inside and place it face up on a clean surface such as an ironing board (you may need to spread out some newspaper depending on where you’re doing this step).

6. Turn on your handheld garment steamer and direct the steam over the stained area. The heat from the steam will help to remove stains, while also helping to restore lost loft in your down jacket if it has been flattened by being placed between a towel too many times.

Do NOT put a hot iron directly onto a down jacket!

Doing so will cause irreversible damage to its delicate fabric, and may even burn feathers inside of it if you’re not careful! 7. Let dry completely before wearing or storing away your down jacket.

If you think that your item of clothing might still have lingering stains after using this method, try repeating steps 1-7 again until you get desired results!

Removes Some Other Stain Types

For information on how to clean specific kinds of stains out of down jackets, refer to the following list:

Blood Stains: 

Mix a few drops of water with a liquid detergent until it becomes sudsy. Next take a clean white cloth and press it firmly onto the area where the blood is.

Keep pressing on the stain until it no longer transfers onto the cloth.

Once you’re done blotting up all of the blood, rinse off any residue left behind by running cold water over your garment & making sure not to leave blood anywhere else in your washer!

Repeat this process several times until you are certain that all remnants of blood are gone.  

Candle Wax Stains: Gently scrape away excess candle wax if still present using a dull knife or spoon while holding your down jacket above a sheet of paper.

Do NOT press down or apply too much pressure while doing this step!

Doing so will create permanent creases in your garment, and might cause feathers to poke through the fabric where you’ve pried away wax.

Next, take a small amount of dish soap (Woolite Black + White) and mix it with water until suds appear. Using your hands or other clean utensils spread out sudsy water to cover the entire stained area.

Keep moving around until all residue from the candle has disappeared. Rinse thoroughly with cold water by running the garment through it several times; making sure that there is no soap left behind before hanging up to dry again & reinserting down into it.

Once the item is completely cleaned repeat this process until you have managed to get all of the candle wax out. If stains still remain, use a cotton swab and mild-detergent such as Woolite Black + White.

Soap may contain dyes that would leave your down jacket looking dirty if it were to rub against it during cleaning, so stick with plain old dish soap for this step!

Grease & Oil Stains:

Mix a few drops of water with a liquid detergent until it becomes sudsy. Next, take a clean white cloth and press it firmly onto greasy areas while holding the garment above paper outdoors.

Keep pressing on the stain until it no longer transfers onto the cloth below. Once you’re done blotting up all of the greases, rinse off any residue left behind by running cold water over your garment & making sure not to leave grease anywhere else in your washer!

Repeat the process several times until you are certain that all remnants of grease are gone.

If liquid detergent does not do the trick, try using soap (White + Black) or shampoo instead! If oil still remains, apply some liquid laundry detergent like Woolite Black + White directly onto the stain and rub it around with your fingers.

Next, take a damp cloth and wash away any excess soap left behind; make sure to clean out any remaining fabric softener too if present before letting it dry again.

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Conclusion

Do NOT use bleach on down jackets! To get candle wax stains out of your down jacket, follow steps 1-7 in this article.

The instructions for removing blood and grease/oil stains will be the same as candle wax: start by scrunching up a piece of paper until it becomes a ball and then dab at the stained area with it while holding your garment above the paper; after that apply sudsy water to thoroughly clean away any remaining residue before letting dry again & reinserting down.