When we think about cleaning, travel bags are items that rarely come to mind. This is because they don’t need deep cleaning and generally don’t get whatsoever dirty.
However, when you travel you may often have to put your suitcase on the ground and this usually is the moment when your suitcase or bag gathers dirt and grime. Apart from this, travel bags also collect dust. Normally, they don’t need to be cleaned on a regular basis but it is a good idea to give them a wash sometimes, for example when you get back home after you have been on the road for a while.
Cleaning suitcases and bags is not a time-consuming task, nor is it difficult to do. Basically, you are not going to need special products or tools, just the ones you already have at home.
Here we will show you how you can take care of your travel bags.
Step 1: See if your travels bags are worth cleaning
Needless to say, before you begin cleaning your suitcase you first have to determine whether it really needs to be cleaned. If it is not very dirty, then you don’t have to waste your time on such a task. A little dust doesn’t count as dirty. Still you should wipe it.
Step 2: Cleaning
The first step is to empty the suitcase if there are any clothes inside. Make sure you take out any luggage tags, old itineraries, socks and whatever you have left in it.
With a dry broom or brush, brush the surface of the suitcase. Use a vacuum cleaner to gather anything that’s loose. Vacuum on the inside. Be sure to cover all interior and exterior pockets. This will remove all trash and debris. Before you do this, check for any missing cuff links or earrings. If vacuuming the suitcase is enough, then you are done.
However, if the suitcase needs a deeper clean as a result of years of use, you may have to go further with cleaning. Use a damp cloth or rag and add some soap if you like. Pick up a small area outside the suitcase and try rubbing. Test if the surface tolerates such treatment. If it does, you can rub the rest of the suitcase. When you are done, take another moist cloth and wipe the bag to remove soap residue.
Use oil soap or saddle soap to wipe the outside of the bag. Before you begin cleaning, be sure to check the instructions. Also, restrain from getting the leather wet.
Use mild spray cleaner. Apply on the surface and wipe it with a rag or cloth. When you are done, take another moist cloth to take off the residue from the cleaner.
If there are some bad cuffs on the bag, try using toothpaste or cleaning products like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Bon Ami. Remember to try a small area before you cover the whole suitcase. Always check if the surface tolerates the product you want to use. Unless you do that you may damage the fabrics.
Moreover, keep in mind that this is a surface cleaning. You are not going to soak the suitcase.
The only case when you can submerge travel bags in water is when they are soft-sided. Needless to say, you have to be sure that water will not damage your bag. Fill in the sink with cold water. Add mild laundry soap. Soak the bag into the sink thoroughly. Rinse well and let dry.
Remember to wait until the suitcase is completely dry before you put it away.