A little dirt won’t harm your sleeping pad, but a few things are worth an immediate cleanup:
Insect repellent: Repellents can damage synthetic fabrics quickly, we recommend you rinse your sleeping pad immediately if the repellent gets on it. If it’s a major spill, we recommend using biodegradable soap to clean it.
Pine sap: Sap itself won’t harm your sleeping pad, but it has the potential of glomming onto things like dirt and grit, which aren’t so benign. If you have an alcohol wipe in your first-aid kit, that will work to remove the pine sap.
We recommend washing your sleeping pad once each season to prevent buildup of body oils and mold.
- Wipe off any excess first or debris from the exterior of the sleeping pad. Inflate the pad (if possible) as this will make cleaning the surface easier. Tightly seal all air caps to prevent water inside the pad.
- Place sleeping bag into an empty bathtub.
- Put 1 tbsp of antibacterial soap onto a sponge and create a lather by squishing the sponge in your hands. In a gentle circular motion begin to scrub the sleeping pad, beginning at the highest point and working your way downward.
- Rinse the surface of the sleeping pad and repeat the same process on the other side.
- Remove the sleeping pad from your bathtub and dry both sides with a dry towel. Deflate the pad and hang over a line or the back of a chair to completely dry.
- Do not place your sleeping pad inside a dryer or use a hair dryer as this has the potential of damaging the fibres and potentially melting the surface.