Dry bags, compression sacks and stuff sacks take a lot of abuse and will become dirty and possibly smelly over time. Before you start the cleaning process, always check the bag for a care instruction label first and follow it. Diverging from the recommendations could render any product guarantees null and void.
For general care and cleaning advice, please read below:
- If lightly soiled, you can remove dirt easily with a sponge or soft cloth dipped in warm water and a non-detergent soap.
- Heavily soiled stuff bags are probably better off being hosed down to start with to remove the worst contaminants. Do not use a pressure washer.
- For persistent stains, wash the dry bags and stuff sacks by hand in warm water with a mild soap. We strongly advise against using a washing machine.
- Try and avoid using detergents on the fabrics as these will compromise any water repellent finishes.
- If there are stains, do not use a solvent to try and remove them as this could lead to the delamination of the waterproof membrane.
- Allow dry bags and stuff sacks to dry naturally, but avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as the UV rays will degrade fabrics and waterproof finishes.
- Do not use tumble dryers on bags with taped seams as temperatures above 60°C /140°F will lead to delamination. Air drying is much safer.
- Ensure that your bags are fully dry before storing them away, as any moisture can lead to mold growth.
- If you have any silicon sachets lying around (these often come with electrical equipment), pop one in with the sack to keep it dry whilst stored.
- Removing bad odours from inside the sacks can be tackled with specialist odour eliminator treatments or by sprinkling baking soda inside and leaving it to absorb the smells.