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Backpack Care Tips All Parents Should Know

A backpack is an essential part of your student's daily accessories. Therefore, washing and properly caring for it will ensure it lasts the current school year and beyond.

For many getting a new backpack is routine school shopping, however, unlike clothes, kids can use the same backpack for several years when given TLC throughout the school year.

Many backpacks are made of easy-to-maintain materials, such as canvas, leather, suede, ethylene-vinyl acetate (for strap padding). Therefore, following these tips will ensure your student's backpack stays clean, and they are confident with their must-have school accessory that continues looking its best.

  • Find cleaning guidelines for the backpack by looking for a tag with the washing instructions. Unless the washing guidelines advise against machine washing, you can wash canvas or all-fabric backpacks by themselves in your washing machine using your favorite laundry detergent. Follow the care instructions on the backpack's tag for drying the bag after running it through the wash. Line drying outside, out of direct sunlight, is usually the best way to reduce the risk of damaging the bag.

Care Tip: When hanging the backpack to dry, hang by the strap to allow maximum airflow for fast drying and prevent fabric stretching.

  • Use a protective spray, such as Scotchguard, to help protect the outside of the bag and allow it to dry completely. This step is a good idea to apply before your kid begins the school year or during a break.

  • For backpacks made out of PVC material, spills and stains are usually easily wiped away by using a cotton or microfiber cloth dipped in warm water and your favorite laundry detergent. You can then use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to dry the bag. Although backpacks made with these materials are simple to clean, they are more susceptible to scuffs and scratches.

Care Tip: To help buff out scratches or scuffs, you can try using a white pencil eraser, credit card, or a specialty shoe scuff removal block.

  • If a backpack becomes stained in the zipper tracks, straps, or handles, soaking the stained area of the bag in a clean bowl of water mixed with laundry detergent can help lift out the stain. However, if the stain persists or is difficult to remove on your own, contact Craig's Dry Cleaners to have the backpack professionally cleaned and looking like new.

Although backpacks are often made for the daily wear and tear from school days, following the above extra-care precautions can ensure it does not need to be replaced too soon. Frequent spot cleaning and routine backpack car help ensure your student carries a germ-free pack without hindering the bag's functionality.




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