Natural Fills


NF5 CLEANING AND CONDITIONING

We’ve established a unique cleaning and conditioning system for natural fills, which we call NF5. NF5 enriches, revitalizes and protects down and feathers, providing you with longer-lasting, luxurious natural bedding and comfortable sleep. NF5 is just one of the ways Northern Feather Canada prides itself on making good products great!

Both jars are filled with the same amount of down.  The left jar shows non-treated down and the right jar shows NF5 treated down.

Both jars are filled with the same amount of down.
The left jar shows non-treated down and the right jar shows NF5 treated down.

The very first of its kind, Northern Feather Canada’s NF5 Cleaning and Conditioning system is a special process formulated to enhance the natural properties of down and feather. Through a combination of washing, rinsing, steaming, de-dusting and applying specially formulated soaps and conditioners, we sanitize down and feather to hypoallergenic standards and maximize their fill power and loft.

NF5 makes down and feathers:
1. More resilient, yet soft
2. Maximize its fill power
3. Hypoallergenic
4. Anti-Static
5. Easier to care for

Northern Feather Canada’s own stringent cleanliness code exceeds Canadian government standards. We think the effort is well worth the result: a light, comfortable and long-lasting product every sleeper will enjoy.

 
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Quality Control Process

Northern Feather Canada is the only Canadian bedding manufacturer with in-house IDFL certified testing, state-of-the-art processing and automated manufacturing. Equipped with the latest technology, our British Columbia plant produces superior down and feather products on a highly consistent basis. 

The cleanliness of Northern Feather Canada’s down and feather goes beyond government and industry standards. To achieve this, we closely examine and extensively test all the down and feather we use. Each step is controlled and recorded to ensure the highest quality every time.

Before we purchase down and feather we have our suppliers send us samples. Our certified lab technicians then put them through comprehensive tests for cleanliness, species and fill power. If a sample meets our standards, we test it to ensure the quality is consistent with our original down or feather tests.

Our cleaning processes removes quill pith, fragments, trash, dust, dirt and other foreign matter from down and feather.

Our cleaning processes removes quill pith, fragments, trash, dust, dirt and other foreign matter from down and feather.

For the first stage of testing we separate the down from any feathers, residue and chopped or damaged material. Fill power testing requires that we completely isolate a single down cluster or feather filament. After the down or feather is separated and tested, we clean, de-dust and sanitize it through our automated washing system, and we condition it with the NF5 process.

The cleaned and conditioned fill is sent back to the lab for one final set of tests. Only the down and feather that meets our stringent loft & cleanliness standards will be used in NF products.

 

Turbidity & Oxygen Number

There are two key criteria enable our in-house  IDFL - certified testing lab to determine cleanliness: oxygen and turbidity.

Oxygen - We test for oxygen to measure organic matter on the surface of down and feather. The lower the oxygen number, the cleaner the material.

Turbidity - We test for turbidity to measure dust and dirt on the surface of down and feather. Here, a higher number means cleaner material.

Hypoallergenic standards: Ultra clean down and feather should have an oxygen number of 4 or less and a turbidity number of 500 or more. Northern Feather Canada’s down and feather has an oxygen number and turbidity that surpasses North American Standard. When it comes to cleanliness, there’s no other standard like the Northern Feather Canada NF5 standard.

 

Natural Fill Selection

 

Snow Goose Down
Siberian Country Down
European White Goose Down
Ukrainian Goose Down

White Duck Down
White Down
Small Waterfowl Feather