So who’s ready to hit the road on a new adventure? If you are, then this post is for you. Today I am sharing an easy way to Spring clean a fabric suitcase so you are ready to embark on your next family or business trip. As many know, a suitcase is an important thing when you travel, and you want to make sure it is in the best possible shape!
If you travel by plane on a frequent basis, you know how dirty a fabric suitcase can get. No one wants to have grease & grime on their suitcase after flying because you could end up ruining your car’s upholstery. So today I am sharing a quick tutorial on how to Spring clean a fabric suitcase.
What Products Do I Need To Spring Clean A Fabric Suitcase?
The nice thing about doing a Spring clean on a fabric suitcase is you don’t need a lot of products. You don’t want to use any harsh chemicals on your suitcase that may stain the fabric and seep into your suitcase and possibly ruin your clothing. So here are the products I used to complete this project:
- Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
- Small cleaning bucket
- Sponge with scrub pad
- Microfiber cloth
- Canister vacuum
- Lysol Fabric-Safe Spray
When you spend time researching and buying the right fabric suitcase, you want to keep it in tip top shape and not ruin it with the wrong cleaning products.
Will It Take A Lot Of Time To Clean My Fabric Suitcase?
You don’t need to spend hours working on this project. Many steps can be started and you are free to do other things until the next step. All total, it is usually a 3-4 hour process that is broken up into several different phases. My only advice is to make sure you do your cleaning on a warm and sunny day for the best results.
Here’s How To Spring Clean A Fabric Suitcase
As you can see from the steps below, it is not a difficult process to Spring clean a fabric suitcase. And you will feel very accomplished when you are done, and feel happy that your suitcase will be ready for travel at any moment.
Take some time before you start cleaning to check the condition of the wheels, zippers, and handles & straps. No one wants to be rushing around the airport and have a wheel suddenly fall off or have the telescoping handle snap in half. Make sure you check the carrying handle at the top to make sure the attachments are secure.
If there are problems with any of those, take the time to fix them(or have a professional do it). If they are not fixable, you may need to replace your suitcase. By doing a Spring clean of your fabric suitcase prior to your first trip, you will not have any surprises when it comes time to pack your suitcase.
If you suitcase hasn’t been used in a while, it may smell kind of musty. You don’t want that smell seeping into your clothing. So take the time to place your suitcase outside to air out before starting the cleaning process. I usually let it sit out in the sun for about 2 hours.
While my suitcase is airing out, I take the opportunity to throw in a load of laundry, relax a bit with a book, or even take a nice stroll around the neighborhood.
If you are anything like me, when you are on vacation at the beach, you will inevitably get sand in it. So when it is time to Spring clean your fabric suitcase, giving it a good vacuuming will get rid of all the dust, dirt, and sand that accumulates from your travels.
These steps are how you are going to get into the heavy duty scrubbing of your suitcase. I will warn you, it won’t get all of the stains out, but this method really makes them less noticeable.
This is what my suitcase looked like before I started cleaning it:
Pretty dirty, eh? That is from just 2 airplane trips. I still can’t believe how icky it was. I can’t imagine what it would be like after traveling a few times a month like some people do.
So the first thing you are going to do is fill your bucket with warm water and the Dawn detergent.
Grab your scrub sponge and dip it in the water, and start scrubbing.
Now give the dirtiest spots a good scrub, and allow the detergent to sit for a few minutes.
Now that you scrubbed the suitcase and let the stubborn spots soak for a bit, take a clean & dry microfiber cloth and wipe your entire suitcase dry.
Depending on the level of dirty your suitcase is, you may want to repeat these steps one more time.
Once you are satisfied with how clean your suitcase is, let all the fabric air dry. Spray the inside of the suitcase with a fabric sanitizer(I use Lysol spray that is safe for fabrics), zip it up, and store it until you need your suitcase again.
As you can see, it didn’t get rid of all the grease and grime, but it is definitely an improvement! And now it is ready for our next travel adventure. Preferably somewhere warm & tropical.
So now that you know how easy it is to Spring clean a fabric suitcase, take the time to give your suitcases some loving care so that it can continue to be taken on all your travel adventures. Did you enjoy this post? Read more helpful Spring cleaning posts below.