Recently I have traveled to many places carrying my hardshell luggage and I got my luggage super dirty. I thought again and again about how to clean hard shell luggage. I also found the rote causes of being luggage dirty. There were many reasons for this. Especially rough handling it by airline staff was one of the main reasons. I traveled by local taxi and train. So I got my luggage dirty. Unfortunately, I used light color luggage. So it was so dirty to look at my luggage after ending my travel. However, I was able to clean my hardshell luggage and in this article, I am sharing my trips on how to clean hard shell luggage.
Special Trips For How To Clean Hard Shell Luggage
Checking Care Instruction
Before starting washing your hard shell luggage, you need to check the care instruction properly. It is a good idea to check it because the manufacture knows very well how to clean hard shell luggage. Another important point that you need to check before the wash is the warranty. If the luggage has a warranty, you need to wash it carefully. Because you should not wash it so that it can break the warranty role.
Removing Components from Luggage
You need to check all compartments to empty them. Especially if there any small pockets, there is a possibility to leave something in the pocket. It may damage your valuable luggage while washing it. We suggest you keep your luggage a few hours in the open air before washing it. It will help to reduce bad odor.
Removal Compartment Cleaning
First, you need to check if you have any removable parts in your luggage. Most of the luggage does not have this feature. If you have a removal part like a pocket or lining, you need to separate it from luggage. But you must analyze that it can reattach easily. And then it is a good idea to wash it using your washing machine. You need to soak it using warm water and dish soap.
After washing the removal parts, you need to dry them. You may use a vacuum to dry it properly.
Vacuuming the inside of Luggage[How To Clean Hard Shell Luggage]
Vacuuming is one of the best ways to clean your luggage inside. It mostly helps to remove large wrinkles. It is better to use a hand vacuum machine as it has the most control in hand and it is easy to handle in any direction.
You may not have your own handheld vacuum. I suggest you pick up your luggage and turn it around and shake it properly. In this way I think, you will be able to remove most of the debris from your luggage.
Spot Removing from Lining
If the lining gets a spot, it is not an easy job to clean or remove it. But it depends on the spot type and lining type. You may find nylon lining in most travel hard shell luggage. It is easy to remove a spot from nylon lining. Need to use detergent and water to remove it. Just mix the detergent and water in a bowl.
Keep your lining in the bow for some time to absorb the mixed water. After some time, you need to scrub the spot point with your hands and continue it until you get a positive result. Once you get it, you can dry it normally. We strongly recommend you follow the care instruction properly before washing them.
If the lining is made of canvas or linen fabric, we recommend you use baking soda and water. You can remove the spot easily from canvas lining using this mixture nicely.
Proper Way of Interior drying
You have used your best travel luggage several times and now you have noticed one or two stains. Don’t worry. It is a hard job to remove it. We suggest you use a hairdryer and dry it out as soon as possible. It will minimize your time to prepare your hard shell luggage for the next travel.
If your luggage has removal lining, we suggest washing it properly as mention above and dry it overnight.
But if your interior gets huge stains or dirty and it is not possible to separate it from luggage, we recommend you use a hairdryer. You need to dry it properly until it gets out of. Once it is done, you should keep it open air overnight.
Now it is ready to clean the outside of the luggage.
Luggage Outside Cleaning[How To Clean Hard Shell Luggage]
It is the final part of your luggage cleaning. Before starting outside cleaning, make sure to close the interior part properly. Then go to the outside section to clean it.
If your luggage gets some stains at out ide, we recommend you to use a towel to remove it. Don’t worry to press the luggage. Because it is hardshell luggage and it has enough strength to absorb outside pressure.
If the above method doesn’t work properly, we suggest you use normal detergent as you use in the kitchen. Hope it will be enough to know how to clean hard shell luggage properly.
We suggest you not use any cleaners that easily absorb and damage the plastic.
Cleaning Other components of Hardside Luggage
Once you finish the above points, you need to clean other components like a zipper, handle, wheels, etc.
You can clean zippers using your normal detergent which you use for kitchen cleaning.
If the handle is made of aluminum, we suggest using normal detergent and some water mixtures to clean it.
When it is time to clean the wheels, we suggest you skip this part as it is the most sensitive part.