Don’t replace last year’s backpack just because it looks a bit grimy. These cleaning instructions will have that pack looking new again in no time:
1. Empty all the pockets, and remove any keychains or decorative items that are attached to the bag.
2. Vacuum out any lint, crumbs and debris. Leave all of the compartments unzipped.
3. Check the inside of the bag for a tag with care instructions. If you find one, follow the company’s recommendations (they’ll know what they’re talking about). If not, proceed to step 4.
4. Fill a sink or bucket with water and a squeeze of dish liquid. Dip a sponge or scrub brush into the water, and use it to spot treat any stains. If your water starts to look dirty, empty the sink and refill it.
5. When you’re satisfied with your spot removal efforts, stick the backpack in a pillowcase, and tie it shut. The pillowcase will keep the straps from getting stuck on the agitator, if you have a top loader, and will also protect your machine from getting scratched up by the buckles and zippers. Then, machine wash the pack in cold water on the gentle cycle, using your regular detergent.
6. When the cycle ends, turn the backpack inside out, and hang it up to dry (do not put it in the dryer!). Once the inside of the pack is dry, flip it back the right way, and allow the outside to air dry.
- Only wash backpacks when they really need it. Frequent washes will wear out the waterproofing
- Some bags may not be completely color fast. Prevent laundry mis-haps by washing them alone
- Have a backpack with a lifetime warranty? Consult the warranty to make sure washing won’t void your warranty
- These instructions are only for fabric backpacks. They are not suitable for leather bags