Cotton, Polyester, and Durable Synthetic Fabrics
STEP 1: Clear It Out
Remove all folders, papers, and writing utensils; don’t forget to clear out pockets, too. A lingering crayon or pen can cause a big mess in the wash, so be sure to shake the backpack out to catch any stragglers.
STEP 2: Pretreat Stains
Treat any visible marks or stains on the interior and exterior of the fabric with a stain treatment, like Stain Solution. Our Stain Solution contains a powerful triple enzyme blend that's great on tough stains. Work it in with a dampened Stain Brush before washing or soaking.
STEP 3: Insert Into Mesh Bag
Place the backpack into a large Mesh Bag if possible. This will protect zippers and straps from tangling or snagging during the wash cycle.
STEP 4: Machine Wash
Wash with Signature Detergent on the normal cycle, selecting warm or cool water. Always check the backpack's tag for any special washing instructions. Avoid washing synthetic backpacks with plastic or vinyl design panels in hot water.
STEP 5: Hang To Dry
Promptly remove the backpack from the washing machine and hang to dry. Do not use the dryer. Make sure to leave all the compartments unzipped for ventilation.
Keep In Mind: This guide is designed for fabric-based backpacks and lunchboxes. For hard plastic or vinyl backpacks and lunchboxes, use a few drops of unscented dish soap and a scrubbing brush to clean. Rinse well with warm water before reusing.