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How to clean, wash and store backpacks

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You have enjoyed wonderful hikes with your backpack. To enjoy plenty more, Quechua provides a 10-year warranty with backpacks. You can however prolong its life cycle by regularly caring for it. Discover 5 simple ways which make a difference to you and your backpack.

 

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Remove any dirt after every hike

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:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dirt when doing a spring clean at the beginning or end of the season when getting your bag ready for cleaning with water and soap.
  • Wash by hand using very gentle soap. After a season of hiking and sweating, your backpack deserves a deep clean to restore it.

To ensure fabrics retain their properties (especially waterproofing, very important to protect bag contents when it unexpectedly rains), we recommend you do not machine wash, tumble dry, dry clean, iron or bleach your backpack. The safest way to wash your backpack is by hand. To clean your backpack by hand, we recommend using warm, soapy water and a brush. Do not hesitate to spend more time on the straps, the back and stomach strap and all parts which are in direct contact with the body. Rinse thoroughly using warm water.

 

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Allow to dry naturally after each hike

The drying stage is essential after hosing down. However this is a step which should be built into your routine when you return from walking. In essence, your perspiration may be on the bag or it could have been in a shower.

in both cases, the method is the same. Open all the zips, remove the detachable parts (the adjustable back for example) and allow the bag to dry in a dry place away from direct sunlight. If you can, hang it upside down. Avoid placing your bag next to a direct heat source, such as a radiator otherwise you risk damaging it..

 

Re-waterproof when required

After a few years of use, renew the fabric's water repellent properties using a "waterproofing" spray. It is vital to thoroughly clean your bag before applying a waterproofing or water-repellency treatment.

To discover the difference between water-repellency and waterproofing, find our article here. Impurities affect the effectiveness of the water-repellency.
Have you noticed that the water-repellency of your jacket is not as effective as on the first day? The process is different from that of the backpack. Discover how to restore the water-repellency of your jacket in our video here.

 

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Store in a dry place

Finally, store your backpack in a dry place to avoid the formation of mould. Avoid storing in the cellar and opt for a cupboard. Hang it or lay it flat rather than upstanding.

 

How many adventures have you shared with your backpack? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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