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Cleaning messenger bags (Chrome?)

Old 09-14-08, 08:32 AM
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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?

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Old 09-14-08, 08:43 AM
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uhhh. just wash it
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Old 09-14-08, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by iansmash View Post
uhhh. just wash it
Yea... but how?

Washing machine?
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Old 09-14-08, 09:26 AM
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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.
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Old 09-14-08, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by jimisnowhere View Post
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!
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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.
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Dont wash it!
it needs character
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turn it inside out. or put it inside of a pillow case.
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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
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embrace the smell of your disgusting messenger bag. it gives it character!
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throw that thing in a big sink or bucket apply soap of your choice wash by hand,
hang dry--
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Turn it inside out, put it in the washing machine, gentle cycle. Air dry. Or just spray it with Febreeze.
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