February 20, 2021 3 min read

How to Clean your Backpack and A Complete Backpack Care Guide

Your backpack after an adventure of daily commute can be messy!

You can fall in 2 categories

1) You want to clean your backpack

2) You want to protect the investment you made


This is the guide for both,

Your Harissons is made with the utmost attention to detail so that you can get the most out of it. Since this is a bag that is built to stand the test of time, the care instructions you need to follow are rather simple and succinct. Just follow these simple steps when you want to clean the bag and you’ll be done in a jiffy.



To clean Interior,

  • If stained by oil, ink, lotion it must be removed immediately
  • Gently Wipe the interior with soft cloth. Damp cloth can be used, dripping wet cloth should be avoided. (Be extra careful with your USB, Audio Jack Port )
  • Do not use any harsh cleaning agents, solvents and chlorides
  • Please not too much soap can leave streaky residues
  • No machine wash
  • Can be dried in direct sunlight



To clean Exterior,

  • You can use dry soft cloth to get rid of the dust
  • Even a toothbrush can be used if dust is stubborn
  • Exterior of backpack is dust and water repellent, wiping with soft cloth will be enough
  • No need to wash exterior of backpack with solvents, detergents
  • In case of liquid spillage, wipe with soft cloth and let it dry naturally
  • Using blow dryer or drying in sunlight is completely fine

Note - For all of our polyester fabric products, use cold water with a soft damp cloth to wipe down the interior and exterior of your pack, Never use bleach or harsh detergents on your bag. And remember to avoid wetting any suede or vegan leather trim on your pack as these areas could discolour if they get wet.




You carry your backpack almost everywhere and its bound to get dirty. But some stains can be stubborn here how you deal with it


 You’ll need

 Gentle disinfecting detergent

 A few washcloths or clean rags

 Cleaning brush: For stubborn spots, try an old toothbrush or fingernail brush

 To spot clean use a cloth or a soft brush and apply a non-bleach detergent or strain remover on strain. Allow the solution to sit for up to 30 minutes. Scrub gently, Rinse the detergent away with cold water and a clean washcloth.




Does your backpack smell after a long commute or travel or you spill something in your backpack, Your backpack will need some extra love! To tackle smells like mildew, sweat or old food, Here are few pointer

  • For a cleaning agent that’s friendly to the planet and your budget, try plain white vinegar diluted with water. Use a spray bottle to spray the vinegar solution on your dirty pack and then let it sit until it’s dry. Any lingering vinegar smell will go away after a gentle wipe down with a wet cloth and thereafter left to air dry.
  • Don’t skip the straps: Straps on a backpack or gym bag can get dirty and discoloured, possibly transferring residue to your clothes or your skin. Prep them for washing by spraying them with vinegar solution, enzyme cleaner or another gentle disinfectant.
  • Also, we recommend placing charcoal or camphor balls in the bag for a day or more (depending on the strength of the odour) and close the bag. The charcoal or camphor balls will absorb the smell.

For maintenance you can consider a monthly routine of a quick wipe-down or brushing. With proper care your bag can last a lifetime!