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How to Wash Your Bag: We've Got Questions, Laura Has Answers!

Posted by Adele Poudrier on

We've all experienced the heartbreak that is spilling or splashing a not-so-cute stain onto our favorite items. Instead of admitting defeat to these stubborn spots, our Quality and Compliance Manager Laura is here with really good news: We've totally got you covered.

How so?

Because all of our styles were designed with easy care in mind — some are even machine washable! We want our bags by your side for years to come, so Laura is here to share our top tips for keeping your bag looking brand new.

Laura says, "In order to lengthen the lifecycle of our products, they need to be able to be easily cleaned ... and cleaned appropriately to maintain their original quality. In Quality, we do A LOT of testing, and these how-tos are the results of hundred and hundreds of tests."

How to Wash Your Backpack or Bag

When it comes to cleaning your backpacks and bags, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work. Each bag's fabric or material has unique properties that require specific care techniques to maintain its appearance and longevity.

Whether your bag is made of cotton gabardine, polyester twill, nylon, or another material, following the appropriate cleaning methods is important to avoid damaging it.

Cotton Gabardine Bag Care

Keeping your cotton gabardine bag looking fresh not only enhances its appearance but also extends its life.

Follow these steps to maintain your bag’s appearance:

Cotton Gabardine bag care instructions

  1. Close All Zippers Before Laundering: Ensure all zippers are closed to prevent snags or damage during the wash.
  2. Machine Wash Cold on Gentle Cycle with Mild Detergent: Use cold water and a gentle detergent to protect the fabric. Opt for a gentle cycle to minimize wear.
  3. Line Dry or Lay Flat: After washing, hang your bag to air dry or lay it flat to maintain its shape and prevent shrinkage.

Please note, while most are, not all of our cotton gabardine bags are machine washable. Due to construction and hardware, some should be spot cleaned. Please double-check your style on our website for specific instructions for your piece.

Laura's Pro Tip: "Washing our products only when necessary and always with cold water will not only help to lengthen the life of your style, it will make a positive impact on the environment."

Polyester Twill Bag Care

Your polyester twill bag is a chic and stylish accessory. When it needs a refresh, follow these steps to restore its charm:

  1. Spot Clean with Gentle Detergent and a Soft, Damp Cloth: Gently spot clean the stained areas using mild detergent on a soft, damp cloth to avoid damaging the material.
  2. Rinse Thoroughly: Make sure to remove all detergent residue with a quick rinse.
  3. Lay Flat to Dry: This helps maintain the bag's shape and prevent distortions.

Laura's Pro Tip: "When air-drying your bag, unzip all the zippers and open all the compartments for good air flow."

Nylon Bag Care

Nothing beats nylon bag or backpack for versatility and dependability.

Keep yours looking its best with these simple steps:

Nylon bag care instructions
  1. Spot Clean with Gentle Detergent and a Soft, Damp Cloth: Carefully clean any stains or dirt using these items to protect the fabric.
  2. Rinse Thoroughly: Make sure all detergent residue is rinsed away.
  3. Line Dry: Allow your bag to air dry to maintain its shape.

Laura's Pro Tip: “When cleaning nylon twill bags and backpacks, follow steps 1 and 2, but allow your bag to Lay Flat to dry instead of Line Dry.“

Happy Cleaning!

Taking proper care of your bags ensures they remain your reliable companions for many adventures to come.

Laura's Pro Tip: "Care instructions for specific styles can be found on our website. It's your go-to for care tips!"

By following Laura's expert cleaning tips for different bag materials, you can keep your favorite bags looking fresh and new, no matter what your busy life throws at them. Remember, a little careful cleaning goes a long way in preserving the beauty and functionality of your bags and backpacks.

So, next time you face a stubborn stain, don't worry—just refer back to this guide and let Laura's advice help you restore your bag's pleasing appearance!

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