How to Wash a Polyester Backpack
The more outdoor adventures you go on, the more exciting life will be. Yet, you will also discover that your gear gets dirty the more you use it. How easy will it be to clean it afterwards?
Not everyone is aware that it is pretty easy to wash a polyester backpack. Following these simple steps will let you get it looking as good as new before your next trip.
Be Sure It Is Completely Empty
Ok, so it is unlikely that you are going to start washing your backpack with a pile of clothes or shoes in it. However, it is worth emphasizing the point that it has to be really empty in order for you to get excellent results when cleaning.
Any crumbs or bits of paper left in will make it far more difficult to get impeccable results. If your backpack has a number of pockets and compartments, then be sure to check them all thoroughly before you get started with it. Any frame on the backpack should be removed at this point too.
Brush Off Dirt
It is always a smart idea to brush off any loose dirt and shake out anything that is inside the backpack. You might also like to wipe down the exterior with a damp rag, to get it ready to be washed with as little fuss as possible.
What if there are some hard to shift exterior stains on it? In this case, it would be a good idea to use a little bit of stain remover to try and get rid of them. The cleaner typically needs to be gently brushed on and then left to sit for half an hour or so.
This is also a good moment to take off any detachable parts such as straps or pockets. These should be cleaned separately where possible. You could also use this opportunity to tidy up anything like loose threads or damaged zippers.
Hand or Machine Wash?
Some backpacks can safely be washed in a machine, while others need to be hand washed. If you want to know how to wash a polyester backpack in the best way, then check the care instructions on the label.
If you are in any doubt, then washing it by hand is always the safest bet. When hand washing a pack, you obviously need to choose somewhere big enough to do it well. The bathtub is a good choice, or you could use a large sink if you prefer. Don’t attempt to do it somewhere you won’t be able to wash the whole thing fully.
You will also want to read the care instructions to see whether it is possible to fully submerge the whole backpack in water. If different types of fabric have been used, then you might need to clean some parts more carefully and without submerging them.
Use Lukewarm Water with Detergent
It is advisable to only use lukewarm water when washing a polyester backpack. If the water is too hot, then the colors might bleed and ruin it.
You will then need to add some standard laundry detergent to the water. Be sure to move the water around so that the detergent gets well mixed with the water.
Gently Clean It
The best approach is to gently move the backpack around so that the water cleans it inside and out. You don’t want to rub and scrub the fabric in the way that you might when hand washing clothes.
What if there is a particularly nasty stain that doesn’t want to come out? In this case, you could use an old toothbrush to clean the area as carefully as possible.
Once you are satisfied with the cleaning job that you have done, it is time to rinse it well, so that none of the detergent remains in it. Some people find that the shower is the best place for doing this, while others hang it up and hose it down.
Air Dry It
It is definitely best not to use a tumble dryer to get your backpack completely dry and ready to use. Instead, you should hang it up and let it air dry.
This means that it isn’t something to do when you know that you are going to need to use it soon. Instead, look to choose a time when you can afford to wait for it to dry.
By following all of these steps, you will get a clean backpack that it is a pleasure to use again. Regular cleaning will also help it to stay in good condition for longer.