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Caring for your bag

Type of bag:

Leather

Patent Leather

Canvas

Vinyl

JanSport


Leather

  • Keep your bag out of direct sources of light and heat as much as possible as this may cause colour fade
  • To keep your beautiful whites white, avoid constant rubbing your dark bag against light colours in case of colour transference
  • Avoid dampness, humidity & rain.
  • In the unlucky case you get caught in the rain, initially pat dry your bag and allow to dry naturally.
  • Never try to clean/remove stains yourself. Always refer to a specialist. Some dry cleaners offer this service.
  • Give your bag a quick once over sweep with a soft dry cloth once a week to preserve the new appearance of your leather.
  • To keep the natural shape avoid over filling as leather is a skin and will stretch.
  • Just like your skin needs moisturizing, so does Leather. Use a leather conditioner/moisturizer once a month or so. This will avoid drying out, wrinkling and flaking.
  • Stuff your bag and store in a dust bag when not using as this will help with the aging process.

Patent Leather

  • Spray and wipe is your friend! This should be your first point of call when trying to clean your bag
  • Patent leather easily picks up dyes from other fabrics so be careful what you are rubbing against.
  • If scuffed, moisten a cloth with a bit of milk and rub the scuff off.
  • If you catch a stain early you can often remove it with a piece of tape.
  • Pen marks can be removed with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.
  • With any cleaning be careful not to take the patent coating off – this will result in the spot appearing dull.
  • DO NOT use regular leather moisturizer on patent leather

Canvas

  • Remove vinyl/card piece from bottom of bag before laundering
  • Apply stain remove to dry bag before laundering
  • Unless the bag says otherwise canvas bags are safe to machine wash
  • In the case of hand washing, add a small amount of laundry detergent with warm water and spot clean. Rinse well.
  • Line drying is advised so the bag retains shape.

Vinyl

  • To remove a stain, apply isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to a soft cloth or paper towel and start from the outside of the stain.
  • Slight discoloration may happen over time. Spray area with water and sprinkle one teaspoon of oxygenated bleach onto stain. Use a white soft cloth and work the stain from the outside to the center.
  • Throw your winkled bag in the dryer on a VERY low heat with a few wet towels to remove winkles.
  • High temperatures can melt vinyl when ironing.

JanSport

5 ways to love your JanSport

  1. When cleaning your JanSport backpack
    • DO NOT machine wash or tumble dry – the bag will lose its inside coating causing the seams to fray and fabric to weaken.
    • We recommend sponging the affected area with a mild soap, but avoid submerging completely, then air dry in shade.
  1. To prevent the Zipper from catching
    • We design our zip flat to sit closely to keep dirt and moisture from entering the pack’s compartment
    • We suggest you move the flat before zipping or unzipping to prevent it catching in the zipper slider.
  1. Always close the zipper sliders to the side not the top
    • This prevents unnecessary pressure on the zip, especially if you’re carrying heavy and bulky folders.
  1. Carry your backpack with both straps
    • It will protect the straps on your backpack and prevent putting pressure on your spine – you’ll thank us later.
  1. Always buy genuine
    • There are counterfeit JanSport backpacks currently on the market. Please be aware and only buy from authorized stockists. We cannot offer our warranty on counterfeit products.

 

If you have any further questions, don't be shy. Give us a call (09 479 2230), flick us an email (hello@thisisabagshop.co.nz) or pop in store (27 Clyde Road, Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland) and talk to bag expert Karen