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Down Vest Feathers on Jacket

By Dr. Laundry October 23, 2009

Q. HELP! A down vest exploded in my washer and is all over the 100% cotton quilted lining of a jacket. I’ve tried clothes brushes and several strong tapes to no avail. Aside from plucking this bird, how can I remove the down?

A. I know those little feathers are tenacious from some pillowcase experiences.
Other than the options that you mentioned, I was thinking the lint brush with its sticky surface and ability to roll it over the surface may be the best approach.