How to Clean Luggage Exteriors in 3 Easy Steps
Myriad mishaps can happen to your luggage’s exterior while traveling. You could spill coffee while dashing to your gate or retrieve your checked bag from the carousel only to discover a mystery stain. When you invest in a high-quality suitcase from a brand like Travelpro®, you are buying a product that is built to last. You’ll want to keep it in the best shape and looking good, which means addressing any issues as soon as possible.
Proper upkeep is an important part of maintaining the longevity of your luggage. Whether it’s a soft-sided suitcase or a hard-shell bag, here’s how to clean suitcase exteriors.
Cleaning a Soft-Sided Suitcase
Soft-sided suitcases have their advantages: They are typically lightweight and can stretch a little to accommodate over packing. But, removing stains off of fabric bags is no easy feat when they are not made with the proper material. Travelpro® suitcases are water-resistant and stain-resistant because they are constructed with ultra-durable materials and coated with Duraguard®. Instead of soaking in, liquids tend to just roll off the bag, making it unlikely for stains to occur.
If a stubborn substance does cling to your bag, don’t stop in the restroom to scrub it clean. Surprisingly, you don’t want to use soap and water on the exterior of a Travelpro® bag, because it can harm the protective coating. A few other products you should never use on the exterior of your soft-sided suitcase include: bleach, spot removers, and cleaning solvents.
Instead, follow these steps:
- Create a 50/50 mixture of alcohol and water. Add a little lemon juice for a more refreshing smell.
- Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and use it to gently rub the affected area until the spot is no longer visible.
- Let the treated area air dry completely before putting the suitcase away.
Cleaning a Hard-Sided Suitcase
While it’s much easier to clean a hard-sided suitcase, bags made with hard shells can get dingy and are more susceptible to surface scratches and scuffs. In the event your luggage does reveal a stain when you’ve returned home from your travels, follow these steps:
- Combine water with a small amount of mild/gentle soap.
- Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and then use it to gently rub the affected area until it’s clean.
- Let the spot air dry completely before storing it.
Don’t wait until there’s an obvious blemish to beautify your bag. Ongoing upkeep will ensure your suitcase stays clean and looks great for years to come. Make maintenance part of your unpacking routine. Inspect your luggage and address any imperfections using the above steps every time you return home from a trip.
If the stain happens inside your suitcase (like a spill from a leaky shampoo bottle or an odor you can’t seem to get rid of), here are tips on how to clean luggage interiors.