Silk sleeping bag liner
Using a silk sleeping bag liner instead of a traditional sleeping bag is an alternative to the traditional material. Silk is a luxurious, light fabric and silk lined sleeping bags can often be folded up into a small, convenient package easy enough to carry. Silk linings for sleeping bags stay cool and breathable even when they are in warm weather, while they also offer an additional layer of insulation against the elements. They also feel fantastic on the sleeper’s body and provide a wonderful, luxurious touch to a camping or trip ensemble.
If you have a silk sleeping bag liner that has become tarnished and is no longer soft and comfortable as it used to be, do not throw it out yet. Many manufacturers will replace them for a nominal fee and many places also sell them as throw-away items. If the liner has become threadbare it may be that the thread is coming undone due to wear and tear and will need to be either replaced or restored. When you find a soft, rejuvenated lining that feels just like new, you will probably prefer to keep the old one and use it as a pillow cover instead of discarding it.
One of the benefits of using a silk sleeping bag liner as a pillow cover is that bed bugs won’t be attracted to it. You have probably heard that bed bugs are resistant to many chemicals, but even their natural protection is not perfect. Perspiration and heat can cause problems with many silk lined items and the fabric becomes threadbare in only a few days of exposure. Some people have been able to remove the bugs by scrubbing the sheets and pillowcases with hot water and alcohol, but it’s a tedious process and you should be prepared to replace the sheet if it becomes damaged due to repeated use.
The other problem with silk sleeping bag liners that have been found to be infested with bed bugs is that they take up a great deal of space. If your room is small, you may not have enough floor space to accommodate an entire bed bug removal package. In such cases, simply using a dust cloth to lightly dust the sheets every night will help to reduce the number of bed bugs that are left on the sheet. You may also consider using insecticides that are designed to be used on mattresses and quilts. These work by spraying a fine mist around the mattress and surrounding areas (including seams) at night, though it is recommended that you wear protective clothing when using these chemicals.
Using a natural silk sleeping bag liner does have its benefits, too. For example, natural fabrics cannot be woven into artificial colors or patterns, so they won’t look as ridiculous as some fabrics that have been dyed. They also won’t stain as easily. A natural fabric like this will remain wrinkle free for a much longer period of time, so you can enjoy the benefits of a wrinkle-free product for years to come. Even if you decide to upgrade to a more expensive synthetic fabric (such as the finest nylon possible), there will still likely be significant savings in the long run because you won’t have to wash them as often.
If your current silk sleeping bag liner is quite worn out, it may be a good idea to consider washing and treating it before storing it away for the season. Simply remove the zippered cover, lay the garment flat and place a small amount of soapy solution (bee wax or similar) onto the inside of the zippered side opening. Next, run a damp washcloth over the surface, working the soapy water around the sides and bottom of the garment to loosen any stubborn stains and dirt.
For the best results when washing a mountain Warehouse microfibre mummy sleeping bag liner, you should use a mild detergent and use a mesh strainer to remove any solids that are unable to be removed by the washing machine. You may also want to visit a local laundry and get the washed items free of lint, dust and other particles. To keep the polyester microfibre from escaping, try not to blow dry the garment at all-do not hang up the item on a clothesline, for example-and make sure the head end is completely covered with a clean towel so that air flow can circulate while washing. Once the washing is completed, use a gentle steamer to dry the garment, being careful to avoid any direct contact with the heat settings.
As you can see, there are many pros and cons associated with a mountain Warehouse microfibre sleeping bag liner, including those for keeping the polyester microfibre in excellent condition between washes, preventing it from ripping and making it easy to replace when it develops a hole. However, there are also cons and pros to buying a cheap microfibre material, as well as those for purchasing a sleeping bag liner made of other materials, and the differences between them are important to consider when choosing a bag for your own personal needs. Those who like their sleeping bags to last longer should look into purchasing a sleeping bag liner made from materials such as memory foam or wool. Those who travel frequently will also want to consider purchasing a liner made from synthetic polyester.