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brett jerk 09-14-08 08:32 AM

Cleaning messenger bags (Chrome?)
 
So I live near the beach, I bike a lot, I sweat a lot. As a result, my bag is a little bit smelly and the seatbelt buckle is rusting a little on the inside.

How have you guys cleaned your bags? I'm sure I could get some CLR for the seatbelt part... but is there something I could do to prevent it? Maybe through some grease on it? (I don't actually use the seatbelt clip all that often). Should I just soak the bag in my bath tub?

Thanks!

iansmash 09-14-08 08:43 AM

uhhh. just wash it

brett jerk 09-14-08 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by iansmash (Post 7465903)
uhhh. just wash it

Yea... but how?

Washing machine?

jimisnowhere 09-14-08 09:26 AM

I just washed mine using an Oxy-clean type detergent. The thing stunk of BO from 4 feet away. Shake out all the dirt from the pockets, liner, and in between section. I filled the sink with water and some detergent and scrubbed the bag, I refilled the sink 'till the water stopped turning brown/gray, which was about four times. I squeezed the shoulder pad under water to really get the soap inside that pad, it was the nastiest. Throw the bag out in the sun it shold dry in a few hours. Oxy clean works awesome on sweat wicking stuff like bike shorts and jerseys too. They don't get stinky immediately after putting them on. Then I put some 3 in 1 lube in the buckle. The bag looks great. I also wouldn't put the bag in a drier or washer I owned.

brett jerk 09-14-08 10:30 AM


Originally Posted by jimisnowhere (Post 7466108)
I just washed mine using an Oxy-clean type detergent. The thing stunk of BO from 4 feet away. Shake out all the dirt from the pockets, liner, and in between section. I filled the sink with water and some detergent and scrubbed the bag, I refilled the sink 'till the water stopped turning brown/gray, which was about four times. I squeezed the shoulder pad under water to really get the soap inside that pad, it was the nastiest. Throw the bag out in the sun it shold dry in a few hours. Oxy clean works awesome on sweat wicking stuff like bike shorts and jerseys too. They don't get stinky immediately after putting them on. Then I put some 3 in 1 lube in the buckle. The bag looks great. I also wouldn't put the bag in a drier or washer I owned.

yea I wouldn't put it in them either, that's why I asked here.

I have some oxiclean or whatever and I'm gonna give it a whirl!

thanks dude!

chadbrochill17 09-14-08 10:43 AM

If you tuck the metal buckle inside the bag you can throw it in the washing machine. I do this once a month. Then sun/air dry.

triplesixer 09-14-08 12:06 PM

Stop caring.

BrooklynTrack 09-14-08 02:52 PM

Dont wash it!
it needs character

c0urt 09-14-08 02:52 PM

turn it inside out. or put it inside of a pillow case.

iansmash 09-14-08 02:54 PM

Yeah, I meant wash it in the washing machine...if it's THAT dirty, just go to a laundromat


if you're worried about ruining it, take it to a dry cleaner, let them figure it out

iloveboston 09-14-08 03:15 PM

embrace the smell of your disgusting messenger bag. it gives it character!

Suttree 09-14-08 03:17 PM

throw that thing in a big sink or bucket apply soap of your choice wash by hand,
hang dry--

fivehoursfree 09-14-08 06:04 PM

Turn it inside out, put it in the washing machine, gentle cycle. Air dry. Or just spray it with Febreeze.


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