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Tips For Cleaning Canvas Backpacks


If it’s time to get your backpack cleaned, here are some useful tips you’ll need to know for cleaning canvas backpacks when it comes to both machine and hand-washing as well as drying.

Machine Washing Canvas A Backpack

Most canvas as well as nylon backpacks are machine washable, but it’s always safe to check the care label first. 

  • Make sure to completely empty your backpack before putting it into the wash.
  • Pre-treat any stains with a stain remover of your choice using a soft brush or toothbrush and let the treatment sit for 30 minutes. An equal solution of liquid detergent and water will work well. Avoid using products with bleach.
  • Place the bag inside a pillow case or laundry sack to keep the straps and zippers from getting caught in the machine. Alternatively, you can wash it inside out.
  • Wash on a cold, gentle cycle with a small amount of detergent.
  • Once the cycle is done, wipe down excess water inside and outside of the backpack with a clean towel before leaving it to dry.

Hand Washing A Canvas Backpack

If you want to hand-wash your backpack, make sure you have a soft brush/toothbrush, a cloth/sponge and a towel. Remember to completely empty the bag before you begin washing and remove any crumbs or debris by shaking them out.

  • Begin by unzipping pockets, cutting away loose threads and take away detachable items from the bag like straps, and wash them separately.
  • Remove any stains with a stain remover and leave to sit for 30 mins before washing.
  • Fill a basin or tub with luke-warm water, enough to cover the item and add a tablespoon of gentle detergent to create soapy water.
  • Scrub the bag with a toothbrush or a scourer sponge, focusing on the dirty areas, without forgetting to clean the interior too.
  • Once done, drain the dirty water and replace with clean water. Rinse the bag thoroughly and wring it as mush as you can. Wrap the bag into a towel to absorb excess water before drying.

Drying A Canvas  Backpack

Always naturally air dry your backpack by hanging it up, outside or inside, rather than using a machine dryer as this can ruin the fabric. Ensure that zippers are unzipped to allow the bag to dry completely.

To prevent putting your backpack through a frequent wash, wipe away dirt and remove stains immediately. Avoid spillage of foods and drinks by making sure you use proper containers and that the lids seal securely.

2 thoughts on “Tips For Cleaning Canvas Backpacks

  1. Hi!!!

    Thanks for sharing the useful and easy tips to clean canvas backpacks. I will definitely follow these ideas. Keep it up!

  2. very nice tutorial, thank you for sharing.

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