Eventually all sleeping bags will get dirty after prolonged use. You can do this yourself, but with down bags this can be a long and involved process and difficult to dry in the autumn and winter time. My Alpkit Pipedream 400 down bag and my son’s Alpkit 600 bag both needed cleaning.
I had heard that the specialist cleaning company that Alpkit recommended is no longer in business or not cleaning bags any longer (does anyone know if that is true?). So I searched on a number of sleeping bags websites to find another specialist. This is not a job for a normal dry cleaners (in fact sleeping bags should not be dry cleaned). I came across Elite Cleaners of Rotherham. Details can be found here. Elite according to their website clean down products for the British Antarctic team ( which I guess means the British Antarctic Survey) and are recommended by down manufacturers, so I thought I would give a go.
I am often travelling up and down the M18/M1 area, so it was easy to detour off at the Rotherham junction to drop the two bags off. They were ready in a week and I collected them, each sleeping bag costing £28 each to clean. If you don’t live nearby then they will charge more for postage, details are on the above link.
They seemed to have carried out a good job and I am glad to say that both bags smell rather sweeter now !