In today's variety of bespoke bag, everyone can find a suitable format and style. Backpacks have rightfully taken the leading positions.
But the abundance of materials also means that the care of different backpacks will be different.
Can the backpack be machine washed?
What happens if you wash your backpack in a washing machine? What to do if your backpack is dirty, but you didn't plan to buy a new item to replace a hopelessly damaged improper wash?
Can the leather backpack be machine washable? And what is backpack with an orthopedic back? Will spinning damage the material? We will try to answer these questions below.
What about backpacks made of leatherette or polyester?
Do different materials need a different wash approach? In general, each bespoke bag has a tag with the composition and cleaning recommendations.
Usually there you can see the permitted washing methods; requirements and prohibitions (for example, do not wash with a spin cycle or in water with a temperature of more than 30 degrees). If the item is new and dear to you, it is worth listening to the requirements of the manufacturers.
Some backpacks, especially for outdoor activities, hiking, cannot be machine washed in principle.
The fact is that either the material itself is capricious in this regard, or the impregnations and coatings used may suffer during washing in the machine and lose their qualities.
What about bespoke bag dry cleaning?
The easiest option in terms of labor costs is to dry-clean your bespoke bag. There, specially trained people will be able to quickly and for relatively little money bring your backpack into a decent look. The exact cost of the service will depend on the dry cleaner itself and on the type of pollution.
Specialists use special products that gently but reliably remove stains and unpleasant odors. Of course, you can purchase many of these products yourself, but their price usually bites for a simple consumer. And there is no point in buying a full complex for a rare cleaning.
By the way, it is best to give bespoke bag on a rigid frame to dry cleaning, if the problem is not only in a small speck.
How to properly wash bespoke bag in a washing machine?
The easiest way to avoid fiddling with basins and other inconveniences is to wash your backpack in an automatic washing machine.
In this case, it is important to choose a low temperature and gentle modes. Otherwise, there is a great risk of spoiling the thing. Although it is still recommended to use a hand wash. In the latter case, it is enough to dissolve the powder-gel in a basin and soak the accessory, then wash and rinse in cool water.
Please note that some materials cannot be machine washed, otherwise they are guaranteed to deteriorate. In addition, it will not be possible to wash backpacks with wires, a usb cable in a typewriter. Modern technologies will definitely refuse to work after contact with water and powder.
Be sure to check all pockets before washing
Shake out the bespoke bag, remove dust and small debris. And only then put it in the washing machine. It is best to use a special cover for washing (in a pinch, a canvas bag or pillowcase will do). During washing, select the modes without spinning.
The latter can damage the structure of the product. In most cases, you should choose a temperature regime of no more than 30 degrees, sometimes up to 60 degrees. But it is better to clarify this in the characteristics of the product.
If there are serious dirt and stains, it is best to treat them first.
After washing, remove the backpack from the cover, turn it inside out and make sure there is no foam inside. If there is, then gently wipe off with a damp sponge or cloth.
If you have a bespoke bag, forget about the washing machine. It is about a full wash in principle. The best options for tidying up in this case are external and internal cleaning without a lot of water (maximum with a damp cloth), good ventilation and the use of means to eliminate unpleasant odors.
What if you have an orthopedic-backed hiking or city backpack? Such backpacks belong to the frame, that is, they have a soft or hard frame. And machine washing in a drum can ruin it, deform it. After that, the thing will lose some of its functionality, and possibly its appearance.
These bespoke bags are highly resistant and durable. Basically, it is thickened nylon with special threads in the structure. But usually these backpacks come with additional impregnation. Because of this, they are completely unsuitable for machine washing.
Nylon bespoke bag
Nylon is a durable material that can withstand machine wash. So if you have a backpack from it, consider yourself lucky in this case. But it is better to wash it only on a delicate cycle and at a minimum temperature. It is better to use a gel powder; grains of dry powder may not completely dissolve.
How to clean a backpack from glue, ink, paint, dirt, pens?
For training bespoke bag, the most common problem is ink and paint marks. And in everyday life, no one is immune from splashes of dirt in the rain, from ink stains or drops of accidentally hitting glue.
You can use a stain remover to remove ink from the pen. But it is better to test the product on an inconspicuous area so as not to ruin the bespoke bag. If there are no negative reactions of the material, then apply the product to the spots according to the instructions. Then wash the accessory gently.
How to remove paint marks?
The material of the accessory is important here, and whether the paint itself has already dried. If the paint is fresh, it will be much easier to remove. But if it is already dry, first, carefully try to clean it with a blade (if the fabric of the backpack is not too delicate).
You can also try a mixture of butter and powder, vegetable oil, laundry soap, a mixture of soap and toothpaste, nail polish remover, refined gasoline, or thinner. But before trying the product on the stain, test it on a small, inconspicuous area.