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How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

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.

How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

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.

Wash by hand using very gentle soap

After a season of sweaty hiking, your backpack deserves a really deep clean so it looks as good as new.

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. So the safest way to clean your backpack is to hand wash it. If cleaning your bag manually, we recommend you use warm, soapy water and, possibly, a brush. Remember to take more time cleaning the straps, back, waist belt and other parts which are in direct contact with the body. Rinse thoroughly using warm water.

Allow to dry naturally after each hike

The drying stage is essential after hosing down. However this is a step which should also be built into your routine when you return from walking. Maybe you've been sweating against your backpack or it's been caught in a downpour.

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..

How to clean, wash and store backpacks?

Re-waterproof where required

After a few years' of use, you can restore the fabric's water-repellent properties with a suitable product. It's essential that you clean your bag thoroughly before applying a waterproofing or water-repellent treatment.

To find out how to measure the water-repellency of your jacket, check out our article. In fact, dirt adversely affects the product's water-repellent properties.
Have you noticed that your jacket is no longer as water-repellent as when you first bought it? It's a different process from the one used for your backpack. Find out how to reactivate your jacket's water-repellent properties in our video.

Store in a dry place

Finally, store your backpack in a dry place to prevent any mould developing. Avoid storing in the cellar and opt for a cupboard.  Hang it up or lay it flat rather than leaving upright.


So how long has your backpack been accompanying you on your adventures?

ALL OUR BACKPACKS ARE GUARANTEED 10 YEARS

Because your bag is your most loyal hiking companion, we have done all we can to keep it from letting you down !

Abrasion, tearing tests, colour-fastness in UV light tests, washing tests, waterproofing tests... Thanks to a range of strict laboratory tests, we have validated the durability of our components (fabrics, foams, etc)

We also test our finished products to check the resistance of the assemblies. Filled with weights on a manikin reproducing fast-paced movements over thousands of cycles.~Long live your rucksack!

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