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How to Wash a Jansport Backpack? | Proper Ways of Cleaning Jansport Bags

How to Wash a Jansport Backpack? | Proper Ways of Cleaning Jansport Bags

In my case, I am not always concerned about filthy bags unless it is my favorite one. I can’t see my favorite bag getting dirty. It’s not only about the bag, but I also don’t want any of my loving things to get dirty. However, do you own any of JanSport’s backpacks and looking for the proper ways to wash it? Well, I have got you covered.
When it comes down to Jansport backpack there are so many do and don’t that everyone should care of. Anyways, in this very article, I will be showing you how to wash a Jansport backpack without ruining it. So should we proceed?

Things You Would Need to Wash Your Jansport Bag

• Large sink or bucket.
• Brush.
• Laundry detergent (Mild)
• A piece of a soft cloth.
• Sponge.
• Laundry bag or pillowcase.
• Soft treater.

Steps in Cleaning Jansport Backpack

Jansport has clearly stated on their website that, their bags should not be machine washed but only hand washed. Everyone should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation and hand washes the backpack but I know some people love to play by their roles and for them, in this article, I am going to show both how to both machine and hand wash a Jansport backpack.

  1. Get rid of dirt particles
    The very first you would want to do is emptying the bag fully. Keep all your things aside and clean the inside the bag. Most of the bag inside the bag contains small dirt particles which can be cleaned easily if you have a vacuum. But don’t worry if you don’t have one. Just pull inside the back out and skate it as much as you can. Most of the solid dirt will fall off in that way.
  2. Clean the exterior
    Take a soaked soft cloth or an old brush, and clean the exterior of the backpack. For better cleaning, you can add a gentle amount of non-harmful stain remover on the spots where there is a stubborn stain. Brush every nook and crannies of the bag and make it as clean as possible before final washing.
  3. Disinfecting inside the bag
    This step should be taken only when the inside part of the bag is so dirty and it’s very hard to take control of the smell. In that situation the best way would be to use a phenolic disinfectant such as Lysol or Pine-sol, doing this will reduce the smell and grime. If you want better cleaning, then pull inside the bag out and with a mix of lukewarm water and disinfectant brush it properly.
  4. Clean outside
    We have cleaned the exterior before on step 2, do you remember? That was the primary cleaning only with a dry brush but now we are going to use a solution for better cleaning. Once you are done with cleaning inside the backpack, now time to fill the sink or bucket with moderately warm water. Do not use hot water that can cause the color of fabrics to bleed.
    Now mix a gentle amount of mild detergent to the water. Make sure you don’t submerge the bag into the water, it’s not recommended. The best way is to take a solution soaked a soft cloth and scrub the bag. You can also use an old toothbrush to take off hard dirt, grimes. If mild detergent is not doing the job, you can mix a bit stronger detergent such as tide or gain.
  5. Use sponge
    Does your Jansport backpack have mesh pockets? Then the best way to clean them is by the sponge. The reason behind using sponge is, mesh pockets are meant for holding a water bottle or other small items and they can be torn easily.

How to Machine Wash a Jansport backpack?

When the backpack is so very much dirty, only hand washing might not be a good option. The machine can help you a bit with that but the manufacturer has strictly disagreed to machine wash the bag otherwise it will be ruined. Don’t worry, I am here with proper guidelines which will help you to the machine was a Jan sport backpack without ruining it. Let’s go.
Attention: You can only machine wash a bag when it is completely leather-free

  1. Put the bag into a laundry bag or the pillowcase.
    Before putting your bag into the machine the first thing you would want to do is putting it into the laundry bag or pillowcase. That is because, since backpacks include a lot of buttons or straps these can catch up in the machine. And make sure you use an old laundry bag or pillowcase because during the wash cycle the backpack color will bleed.
    For better security, you can turn the inside the backpack out and then put it inside the pillowcase or laundry bag. In that way, the interior part of the bag will be washed nicely.
  2. Use a gentle amount of detergent
    Don’t overuse detergent in the wash cycle. Mix a very gentle amount and make sure you don’t add any kind of strong chemicals into it for better cleaning.
  3. Moderate wash cycle
    Keeping a high wash cycle won’t help you but there is a high chance that it will damage your backpack. So use gentle cycling in lukewarm water. During the wash cycle, if you feel like the load is not balanced then stop the spinning cycle and do what you need to do to balance it.
  4. Towel drying the bag
    As soon as you take them out from the machine, pull the bag out from the laundry bag or pillow bag whatever you have used. And wipe the entire backpack off with a dry towel. Doing that will soak any water that is available at all the nook and crannies of the bag, and will dry the bag faster.


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