Hiking | How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

You have enjoyed wonderful hikes with your backpack. You can however prolong its life cycle by regularly caring for it. Discover 3 simple ways which make a difference to you and your backpack.

How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

1. BASIC TIDYING AND CLEANING OF BACKPACK

Every time you return from a hike:
-Completely empty your bag;
-Open all zips and turn inside out to remove all dirt;
-Complete the cleaning by brushing fabric with a soft brush to remove dry mud and dirt.

Once a year:
After all seasons of hiking, your backpack absorbs and adheres to a lot of sweat, rain and dirt, so it needs to be deeply cleaned before storage to extend its service life and its waterproof function.

(1) Specific cleaning method:
Open all zippers and remove all detachable parts;
Then use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust in the backpack;
Next, use warm water and soapy water with a soft brush to wash the backpack, and wash the shoulder straps, waist belt and back mesh more frequently;
Finally, rinse off with warm water.

Tips:
It is not recommended to put the backpack in a washing machine, washing machine or add bleach to clean, so as not to damage the structure and durability of the backpack material.
Drying the backpack is the most important step after each climb, and it can be said to be a routine after the climb. It is recommended to dry the backpack naturally.

(2) Drying method:
Open all zippers and remove all detachable parts;
Put the backpack in a dry place to dry, and avoid direct exposure to the sun;
When drying, try to dry it upside down; avoid placing the backpack directly next to a heat source (such as a radiator) to avoid increasing the risk of damage to the backpack.

Hiking | How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

2. RE-WATERPROOF WHERE REQUIRED

After several years of use, use waterproof spray for waterproof maintenance of the backpack fabric. It is very important to thoroughly clean the backpack before water repellent treatment.

How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

3. STORE IN A DRY PLACE

Finally, store the backpack in a dry place to avoid mold. Please do not put it in the basement or closet; try to hang it or lay it flat, avoid placing it upright.

Hiking | How to clean, wash and store backpacks?