FEATHER AND DOWN CARE
Products filled with feather and down also have specific properties: light weight, warmth, good air-permeability, durability and reprocessability.
According to the use and the specific sectors (upholstery, clothing, bedding, leisure), there are standard requirements to be met:
Filling material for upholstery (pillows, sofas, etc.):
- A blend of goose and duck small feathers is the ideal filling composition for upholstery. They are light and have good air-permeability; they easily adapt to the shape of the body; they are naturally fire-retardant (due to their protein fibres); they last for a lifetime and are of enduring value; they are 100% biodegradable and can be reprocessed.
Filling material for clothing:
- The ideal filling composition for clothing is at least 70% goose and duck down and 30% small feathers. Light weight, warmth (high thermal insulation), air-permeability and durability are guaranteed.
Filling material for bedding:
- The ideal filling composition for bedding is 90% goose and duck down (which makes the product extremely fluffy) and 10% small feathers, and should in no case be less than 50% down and 50% small feathers. Thereupon, the product is very light (a top-quality double quilt should not contain more than 1250 gr. of feather and down, and therefore weigh 250 gr. on the whole body area), has good thermal properties, air-permeability (during the sleep the body releases up to 250 gr. of moisture through perspiration); it is beautiful, it can be used over and over again and reprocessed; it lasts for a lifetime and is of enduring value; last but not least, your bed is easy to make.
Filling material for outdoors and leisure products (in particular sleeping bags)
- The ideal filling composition for outdoors and leisure products is based on the weight/insulation ratio, pure down being recommended for the most extreme weather conditions. In less extreme weather conditions, a 70-50% down content can be enough. The product is heavier; therefore its price is lower. Light weight, (essential in trekking and at high altitudes), compressibility, maximum thermal insulation (up to minus 35°), physiological comfort, good air-permeability, enduring qualities are nevertheless guaranteed
How can we recognise a high-quality filled product? Some simple tests will help you assess the quality:
The volumes being equal, the higher the quality of the filling material, the lighter the product (about 100-150 gr. for a waistcoat, 250-300 gr. for a jacket, 250 gr. per square meter for quilts).
If a top-quality filling material is compressed, it expands more quickly than a second-rate one. Quills (the stiff parts of feathers) should not be felt by touch.
High-quality fabrics (cotton or synthetics) have a tight weave in order to be dust- and down-proof. Weight and thickness too must be appropriate to the type of filling not to modify its qualities.