How to Wash a Backpack – An Easy Guide

Backpacks, just like every other sporting gear, do sustain some dirt and stains from time to time. This dirt and stains have to be eliminated in time to prevent worse problems. This can only happen if the backpack if washed thoroughly and in a timely manner. There are two main ways of doing so; by use of washing machines and by hand respectively.

The use of bare hands is by far the simpler of the two major options. It works on just about any backpack and also demands limited input on your part. In the conversations below, we are going to examine the procedures that this option entails.

How to Wash a Backpack

The following are the various tools and materials required for the job:

  • Large basin
  • Warm water
  • Powerful detergent-free soap
  • Soft brush
  • Cloth
  • Toothbrush

Step by Step Procedure How to Wash a Backpack

Step I: Empty your Backpack of all Belongings

The use of bare hands is by far the simpler of the two major options. It works on just about any backpack and also demands limited input on your part. In the conversations below, we are going to examine the procedures that this option entails.

This step is crucial as it prevents some of the problems that may arise when it is skipped. These include the destruction of vital documents, damage to some of the interior contents, and the increased soiling of the backpack fabric as a whole. Put all the items retrieved in a separate bag and store elsewhere.

Step II: Place your Backpack in the Water

Pour enough amount of water into a large basin. Apply some detergent-free soap into the water. Stir vigorously to let the two ingredients mix thoroughly. Thereafter place the backpack in the water. Be sure to immerse the backpack completely into the water. This is to see to it that all the bag and its entire fabric is impacted uniformly.

Step III: Soak for Some Time

Now leave the backpack in the water for some time. Do not leave it for too long a duration of time. This is because most fabrics that makeup backpacks are loose. They are easily destroyed when exposed to too much water. Their colors are equally loose and temporal. For this reason, they easily fade color when subjected to too high an amount of water. 1 or 2 hours may serve this purpose perfectly well.

Step IV: Scrub the Backpack

This is the main and by far the most significant step of the cleanliness process. It is the step when much of the dirt on the backpack is eliminated. Scrub the backpack thoroughly yet gently using a soft brush. Pay keen attention to those portions of the backpack where most of the dirt is concentrated.

Use a toothbrush to reach those areas that are ordinarily hard-to-reach such as inside small pockets, tight corners, and the interior storage compartments. Do not apply too much force as this may loosen the fabric and cause it to deteriorate faster than expected. In case you encounter extremely stubborn stains, you might want to use a piece of cloth to supplement the brush as well.

Step V: Rinse and Dry

After you have eliminated all dirt, you now have to rinse the backpack thoroughly. To do so, pour some clean water in a large washing basin. Put the backpack in the water and leave for around half an hour to one hour.

Wring the backpack gently yet thoroughly to rid it of excess water. To be sure that all the detergents are eliminated from the fabric, you might want to repeat the procedure a second time. Pour some water into a second large basin, and put the backpack there. Wait for some time, preferably 30 minutes to 1 hour. Thereafter wring gently to squeeze out all the extra water.

For the best results, the water that is left behind has to be completely transparent. It is only after this that you should now go ahead and hang the backpack in a clothes’ line or open green field.

Final Verdict

Just like we have stated from the beginning, you can also clean the backpacks using the washing machine. This alternative method is faster and less involving. You should, therefore, give it a higher preference over and above this one if you have access to a machine of that kind.

Daniel Sturm
 

I started this blog to provide the guideline, you towards a better and more comfortable hiking experience. I deliver more than hiking, camping and backpacking guideline.

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