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Backpacks are one of the important essentials in every house. A backpack can be a major investment, and it’s one that needs care. Whether you’re wearing an everyday backpack, special occasion one, laptop backpack, or even a camera backpack. You must know that you should clean it up from time to another.
Food, moisture, and everyday wear can make the backpack dirty and smelly. Luckily, most backpacks are built to endure everyday wear and tear, and they aren’t that difficult to clean if you know the perfect way to do so.
A lot of the regular backpack can be washed in the washing machine, but others need to be hand-washed depending on the material they are made from. With some light cleaning products and a little bit of elbow grease, you can keep your expensive bag clean, and why not extend its lifespan.
Before you start cleaning your backpack, let’s go over all the items that you will need to clean it up.
You will need:
The first thing you need to do before start cleaning your Backpack is to make sure it’s empty, because you don’t want to wash any of your items in the bag that could be damaged by water.
Turn your backpack inside out and use a small vacuum to clean the hard to reach interior corners, that might have small particles of dirt. Once you finished emptying your back, now it’s time to start washing it.
Put your backpack in the bathroom, and just wash off all the bigger chunks of dirt. And just by that you can see a little bit of change. All the big dirt and debris will disappear by water.
Now it’s time to start using the soap to clean the bag. For this particular step, I like to use baby shampoo, you probably wondering why baby shampoo and not something more effective like dish soap or other soaps.
And that’s actually because baby shampoo is very mild, but still way more effective than you think.
sometimes with bags you don’t know if there are any delicate, or treated materials that might get damaged by using a heavy duty soaps. That is why I like to use baby mild shampoo, to make sure that nothing of the material of the bag will get damaged. And I highly recommend doing that as well.
Take the sponge with the soft and rough side, that way you can softly clean the bag with the soft side. And if you have some patches of materials that you can clean a little bit rougher, then use the rough side of the sponge.
Take the sponge and put some baby shampoo on the soft side of it, and start washing the bag gently.
It’s important to shower off most of the dirt from time to time while washing, so you don’t accidentally make any scratches on the bag. Even with the sponge soft side, if you have some small rocks hanging in hiding places, you might scratch the surface, or worst case scenario it will be a sharp rock and you cute some of the fabric (happened to me).
Now you may ask the question, how can I tell that the backpack is already clean?
The soap will help you indicate whether or not, the bag is become clean. If the soap still dirty then the bag still has some dirt on it. Just keep scrubbing it until it get more cleaner.
Now It’s time to clean the zipper with the toothbrush. Again but a little bit of baby shampoo on the brush and start scrubbing.
Once in a while rinse off the dirt, so you don’t brush dirt into the zippers. And basically rinse and repeat.
Now once you clean the outside of the zippers. You can carefully open up the zipper and clean them from the inside.
I said carefully because if you open up the zippers to fast, then you might be able to damage the zippers, or bend one of the teeth.
If you struggled while open the zippers, just slowly slide them up and down. That should help the teeth get back in place.
When you finished with the zipper. Take the soft side of the sponge and clean the inside of the backpack. Just remember to clean the inside very slowly and gently, because it’s usually the most sensitive part of the bag. Especially if you have a laptop bag or a camera bag. Also always rinse the bag in between.
So once you wash the backpack and rinsed it properly to get rid of all of the soap. You want to hang up the bag and let it dry naturally, don’t use a heater or in direct sun, or maybe even using a hairdryer. Because you don’t want to damage any of the material.
Just hang it up in your house and let it dry for a couple of days or hours.
Depending on where you live, this can take longer or shorter period of time. So keep that in mind when you want to clean your backpack. It might be a good idea to only wash it in the summer, because it will dry faster.
When the backpack is finally become completely dry. It’s time to take care of the material and the zippers, to maintain the quality of the bag for a very long time, and give it a little bit of protection.
So to take care of the bag after it has been washed, I personally lubricate the zippers as they are a mechanical item.
I use the zipper lubricant which I get from amazon. This zipper is supposed to lubricate of a motorcycle jacket or motorcycle boots. And although it’s made for jackets or clothing, it can obviously also used on a backpack zippers
As I said the zipper is meant for clothing so the instructions tell you close the zipper and then apply it to the outside of the zipper. But since my backpack has the zippers turned inside out, or if you have a backpack with stronger zipper, you need to open the zippers and apply the lubricant from the inside of as well.
So what I like to do is apply the lubricant all over the zippers and I distribute the lubrican by closing and opening the zippers a couple of times. And for good measure I also use the lubricant on the closed zipper from the outside.
When you finish with the zipper, go to the outside and use the waterproof spray on your backpack.
Remember that some fabrics might get some discoloration depending one the spray that you’re using. So test the spray first on an area the might not be that much visible, like on the bottom or inside the shoulder straps.
As soon as you’re certain that the spray doesn’t change the color of the bag, then go ahead and apply the spray all over your backpack, to make sure that every part is covered by this waterproofing spray.
Once you did all this steps, enjoy your new backpack.
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