How To Wash Herschel backpack | Beginner guide 2022

How To Wash Herschel backpacks are made from tough ripstop nylon material and known for their durability and strength to withstand tear and wear.

From regular use when hiking and travelling, these backpacks can get really dirty and require thorough cleanups. That's why we're here to teach you how to wash Herschel backpack with love and care.

If you have never washed a Herschel backpack before, don't worry, we have simplified the guidelines in as easy language as possible for beginners. Happy reading!

Hand washing a backpack needs a lot of care and is by far the safest way to clean a Herschel backpack without damaging any parts. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1 - Take out all the stuff from your bag.

Unzip all the compartments and empty out your backpack. Now, turn the bag inside out and then shake the bag upside down with good force. You can also use a vacuum to get rid of tiny snack crumbs, dirt or debris that are inside the main compartment.

Step 2 - Do this if your backpack is dusty.

With a clean napkin or rag, wipe over any areas of the front panel and back straps of the backpack that are covered with dust particles.

Step 3 - Do this if your backpack has stains

Had you accidentally spilled black coffee on your backpack? The stain must be still there. So, you may be wondering how to remove stains from a Herschel backpack, right?

What you can do is use a vinegar solution to spot-clean your backpack. You can also use any stain removers from any brand. But never go for bleach.

After you are done scrubbing the stained areas with a toothbrush, take a wet washcloth and wipe the areas to clean off the soapy texture. You can repeat this process multiple times if the stains don't go away in the first try.

Step 4 - Time for an overall wash

All you have to do is take an old toothbrush and apply mild-detergent washing powder on it. You can also use shower gel or dishwashing liquid soap. Now with the toothbrush, clean all the compartments.

Now take a bucket of lukewarm water, and no don't submerge it in the bucket. Simply take a washcloth, dip it in the bucket and use it to wipe all over your backpack to get rid of the soapy texture. Do this a couple of times.

Step 5 - Drying your backpack

Now that your backpack is as cleaned as ever, you can air dry your backpack or hang it in an open space that is well-ventilated but is not directly exposed to sunlight. This is because direct exposure to UV rays can degrade the fabric quality of your backpack.

Can you machine wash a Herschel Bag

According to the official website of Herschel brand, the manufacturers have strictly warned their consumers not to wash a Herschel backpack in a washing machine.

Washing a backpack in a machine can greatly damage the metal zippers, the mesh-like net pockets and back straps. Hand-washing is always safer and better.

However, if you're feeling too lazy and just want to go for the machine wash method instead, you can maintain some precautionary steps such as putting your backpack in a laundry sack or a pillowcase first and then inside the machine.

Oh, and do not use cold water for spin cycles. Don't go for boiling hot water either. Using warm water is the best option, however if that's not available, you can go for tap water or water at room temperature.

If you’re washing your backpack in a machine, don't stuff dirty laundry inside too. You need to give your backpack some space, alone. So, it’s recommended to wash a backpack solo without anything along with it.

How to clean Herschel backpacks without washing it

If your backpack has stains in certain regions, or some specific areas have become mouldy, you don't really have to wash the entire backpack for that. Spot-cleaning is a much easier option.

To spot-clean a Herschel backpack, you can mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in water and with the help of a toothbrush, treat those specific dirty areas. You can also use any stain removers from any brand. But never go for bleach.

However, if your backpack has been affected with multiple spillages, dirt, mud and dust particles throughout, then only you should go for a full top-to-bottom wash.

Can I soak my Herschel Backpack

To know the answer, you need to consult with the care manual guide given along with the backpack by the manufacturers. If your backpack is resistant to water and the manufacturers allow submerging it in water, then you can carry on with it.

Start by filling your bathtub or kitchen sink with warm water. Then dunk it in water and give it a thorough wash.

We generally don't recommend soaking any backpack in water, because it reduces the water-repellant feature of the backpack to some extent, and also it takes much longer to dry that way.

What are the things you can use to clean a Herschel backpack

You'll need the following things to clean a Herschel backpack

  • A toothbrush.
  • Mild detergent soap (must be non-bleach and free from additives)
  • Tap water
  • Washcloth
  • Paper towel
  • Stain remover (if needed)
  • Pillowcase (in case of machine wash)

When choosing a mild detergent soap for your backpack, you should go for the ones that are free from all chemicals, dyes and fragrances. Some famous brands you can try are Seventh Generation, Ivory or Ecover.

However, if you have a JanSport Backpack instead of a Herschel bag, you can wash your backpack based on the instructions given in this article:
How To Wash a JanSport Backpack

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to wash a Herschel backpack, don't just keep washing it everyday or on a regular basis.

Washing a backpack too frequently can reduce its durability, longevity and water-resistance and also degrades the material quality gradually.

Therefore, wash a backpack maximum once or twice a year, and you can spot-clean a backpack once every month.

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