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How Do You Clean Your Canvas Bags

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How Do You Clean Your Canvas Bags

ShoreBags are made to be tough and long-lasting. We know our customers are active, busy multi-taskers -- a lifestyle that can lead to messes and accidents. Outings to the grocery store or farmers market, beach or just a family get together can mean spills, drips and spots on your natural canvas ShoreBag. What to do?

Even though we have had some customers share with us that they have machine-washed their ShoreBag with solid results, we recommend spot cleaning. Here's how: 
Remove surface dirt. Use a dry, soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush, to brush off any loose dirt on the canvas. 

Mix a cleaning solution. Use a mild detergent mixed with water as a cleaning solution. A gentle body soap, dishwashing soap, or a small amount of laundry detergent are all good options. Using your brush, mix the water and soap until some bubbles start to form.
 
Scrub the surface. Dip your brush into the soapy water mixture and scrub the dirty areas of the bag, moving the brush in a circular motion to thoroughly loosen the dirt and remove the stains.
  • Continue dipping the brush into the soapy water mixture as you tackle any stained areas of the bag.
  • It's okay to saturate the canvas with the soapy water solution, but if your bag has leather or metal hardware, try your best to keep those dry. If you do get the leather and other hardware wet, don't worry. Most of our styles use water-resistant leather, which is not the same as waterproof, but can handle minimal exposure to water. Best bet would be to dry the non-canvas parts and wipe them as soon as possible to avoid any damage.
Rinse the stain. You can rinse the scrubbed spot of the bag by running it under a small stream of water from a faucet.
  • A small stream will ensure you gently rinse off the soapy solution without getting water all over the rest of the bag.
Dry the stain. Once the stain and spots are cleaned, blot them dry with a paper towel or cloth to soak up any remaining water. Then allow the bag to dry naturally.
  • NOTE: Drying ShoreBags in the dryer can damage attachments such as leather straps, zippers and other adhesives if used.

We want to thank our customers who trust us enough to come back and ask how they can get the most out of their favorite tote. Please reach out to us anytime with questions at info@shorebags.com