Cleaning your backpack regularly not only keeps it looking great – but it will also help extend its useful life. And what’s more important than that?
What is the best way to clean a backpack?
- Empty your pack of all its contents and check for any dirt, stains, or debris that may have accumulated over time.
- Check the care instructions on the pack; some packs require specialized cleaning products, while others can be machine-washed and dried. If you’re machine-washing the pack, use warm water and a mild detergent or soap.
- Use a cloth to wipe down any dirt or debris on the fabric exterior of your back. A soft brush can be used to dislodge caked-on dirt.
- If you have stubborn stains, make a paste using baking soda and water and apply it directly to the stain before wiping it away with a damp cloth.
- Clean the zippers thoroughly using an old toothbrush dipped in soapy water. Unzip them completely and work the bristles around each tooth of the zipper to remove any residue that has built up over time.
- Rinse off all surfaces of your backpack with clean water including any straps, buckles, or webbing.
- Hang your backpack up to air dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Once it’s completely dry, reassemble all the parts and restock it with your gear.
After your backpack is cleaned follow these tips to keep it looking fresh:
- Spot clean regularly – especially if something spills on it or you get caught in rainstorms. Immediately wipe off excess dirt or wetness with a damp cloth or towel so that it does not seep into the fabric.
- Periodically clean out pockets, compartments, and seams to remove any debris or buildup that may have accumulated over time.
- If you use your pack for hiking or other outdoor activities, make sure it is thoroughly dried before storing away between uses.
- For multi-day backpacking trips, consider carrying a second pack so that you can alternate between them and keep one dry while using the other. This will help extend the life of both packs!
- Hang up your bag when not in use to minimize wear and tear on the straps, buckles and zippers.
By following these steps regularly, you'll ensure your backpack looks good as new for years to come!
By now, you’re a pro at How to Clean a Backpack. Keeping your pack clean is an important part of making sure it lasts – and looks good too. So, keep these tips in mind and enjoy the rewards of having a neat and tidy pack for years to come!