How to clean your Backpack (in hands)
- Remove all your staff from the BackPack.
You do not want to get wet some of the precious items you carry with you all day! Turn your backpack so as to clean the inside and the corners of the bag where dust and various garbage are collected by using besom. Once you remove and clean it internally, leave all pockets open. Clean up any items you had inside and save them so they will not get lost!
- Prepare your backpack for washing (ή cleaning)!
Remove all the remaining rubbish with your hands. Then use a wet cloth in order to wipe gently the outside of your bag. In that way, it cleans the dirty surface and it helps you to keep your water as clean as possible. If your backpack has a hard removed frame or any other piece, remove it carefully and clean it separately. Cut some loose threads.
- See the backpack’s label.
If there are restrictions on cleaning, follow them so as to secure that your backpack will remain in a good condition! The Backpacks care labels have usually information about washing and drying the bag so as to ensure its viability. Some chemicals and cleaning practices can damage your favorite Backpack (eg. its ability to withstand on water), so it is preferable to follow the instructions which are described in your backpack. If the fabric does not have a label for care and washing, try a small area of the cloth to see how it reacts to the cleaners you want to use.
Insist on Stains. But avoid chlorine. In case some of the stains insist, you can use a soft brush or an old toothbrush so as to rub the stain remnants (let the treatment up to 30 minutes). The biggest part of the stain will be removed only when you actually wash the bag.
- Fill a large sink or bathtub with lukewarm water.
You can also do this in a laundry basin. Make sure that you have enough space to wash all of the Backpack’s pockets and parts. Avoid hot water because hot water can spoil the colors. If the label shows not to dip completely the backpack, try to clean it with a wet cloth.
- Add a gentle detergent to the water.
The detergent should be a gentle cleanser that does not contain dyes, fragrances, and chemicals. This happens, because the active chemicals could damage the material of yours Backpack’s fabric (Caution: fragrances and dyes can irritate your skin.)
- Rub your backpack with a soft brush or cloth.
You can either dip completely your Backpack into the water or use water to sink your cloth or brush. A brush will help you to clean areas that are particularly dirty. A toothbrush can be used to clean the difficult stains from the backpack, and go into difficult areas of your Backpack. If your bag has a point of thin material, such as a grid, you might want to use a sponge instead of a brush in order to avoid damaging the cloth.
- Rinse your backpack very well.
Rinse carefully any soap’s remaining or detergent with lukewarm water. Straighten your bag well. You can try to dry your bag with a large body towel. Turn your bag until it looks like a tube because this will help to the absorption of most of the water. Be careful especially the zippers, straps and the points with foam during spinning in order to avoid damages.
- Dry your backpack.
Let the bag dry naturally and not in a tumble dryer. If it is possible, leave your backpack hanging upside down, with pockets open while it dries.
You can also try to take the backpack out into the sun. This will help to the cleaning of your bag. Before using your cleaner backpack again, make sure it is completely dry.