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. 


Trade Customers

For over 50 years we have been supplying a wide range of industrial companies with our hard wearing clothing, helping keep their employees warm and dry in all weather conditions.

Our prices are very competitive with outstanding customer service and quick dispatch from our UK factory.

For further information and details on how to open an account with us, please see our trade customer page.


We operate a global network of distributors for our outdoor products. If you are interested in joining our team then please visit our Distributor Page for further details.

UK Retailers

The outdoor industry is very tough at the best of times for retailers. Getting the right products at the right price at the right time is a constant headache.

Here at Sub Zero we like to forge lasting relationships with our retail partners. We have products we know people want to buy and will help you reach out to them.

For further information please visit our Retailers page.


Throughout our 50+ years of trading we have supplied numerous expeditions throughout the world. Our products have been tried and tested from the ravages of Arctic/Antarctic winters to the searing temperatures of the Nevada dessert. Our experienced sales team will be able to help you with all aspects of your expedition gear list. Please contact them through the Expeditions Page.

Emergency Services & Military

We have a long history of working in partnership with UK, European and other military services around the globe. Our knowledge and experience in cold weather clothing is essential for winter deployment.

In the UK, we supply many emergency services groups with our gear, whether that be issue kit under a contract process, or direct through smaller group budgets.

Please visit our Emergency Services & Military page for further details.