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Cleaning Berthoud bag?

Old 04-08-20, 06:25 AM
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Cleaning Berthoud bag?

any tips? leather trimmed canvas, large.

do I just take it into the shower & scrub with a nail brush?

any special soap?

drip dry in a ventilated spot?

treat with some type of spray & leather dressing?

4 years old, but not filthy, yet!

thanks
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Old 04-08-20, 07:32 AM
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From Acorn, who use similar materials:
For canvas: Just as you shouldn't wash fabric upholstery or leather products such as shoes, gloves or jackets, you shouldn't dry clean or use detergent on your canvas. Gentle brushing or a damp cloth is best for loose dirt. For a more thorough cleaning, use a hand sponge with a mild natural soap (not detergent) in lukewarm water. Rinse twice with clean water.

For leather: A gentle leather cleaner/conditioner, like Lexol or Fiebing's, is all that's needed. Saddle soap is also a good choice.
https://www.acornbags.com/pages/bag-faq#clean
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Old 04-10-20, 08:56 AM
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I live in Cambodia where it is either Hot and Dry(Dusty) or Hot and Wet(mildew). I have a bunch of Acorn bags and the main one my Randonneur front bag has gotten pretty bad. I just took it and tossed it in the washer machine. Normally I use Fels Naptha soap and a brush to clean them but that needed a good dunking. For the leather, I use Brooks proofhide every once in awhile. I do need to get some more wax and rewax the fabric.
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I've got a metal frame in my bag which was a bugger to get drilled & inserted so I passed on the washer idea. with soap (not detergent!) and a small nylon brush i'm going to give it a good thrashing. I have a bit of proof-hide left over from waxing my saddle, so I may skim some on the leather when the bag air dries.

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