I know from my own experience that product packaging and tags can quickly hit the recycling bin so here is a quick reminder of the care instructions for when your product is in need of a bit of TLC after you’ve been putting it through its paces.
As a number of the materials we use for our bags are natural materials e.g. leather and wool tweed, the best way to keep them spick and span is to protect them from everyday damp & dirt.
To help with this all BRYHT bike bags come with a dust bag and a protective raincover.
General advice for all of our bags
The one care instruction we recommend above all others is that if your bag gets damp let it dry out naturally rather than trying to hasten the natural drying out process with extra, more intense heat. Avoid the temptation to sit it on a radiator, in an airing cupboard or wave a hairdryer at it!
Our bags have a natural structure to them however if you are concerned about your bag losing its shape while drying you can pad out the bag with paper while it dries.
If not using your bag for a while it is best to store it in its dustbag and once in a while give it an airing.
Never be tempted to totally immerse your bag in water or put it in the washing machine! The fabrics and leather materials are not suited to being soaked.
Leather is one of the more durable materials used for bags and a little bit of care and attention will help keep it looking its best.
If the leather gets damp it is best to let it air-dry naturally without applying any extra heat; applying a too-intense heat to damp leather may cause it to crinkle.
Wool Tweed (with or without leather trim)
As wool tweed contains lanolin it has a natural resistance to stains however it can only do so much to protect your bag in the fight against grime!
If you need to clean the tweed fabric we recommend spot-cleaning only using a solution of mild hand-washing detergent and warm water, lightly sponge (avoid a cloth/sponge that is too abrasive) and leave to dry naturally.
If your bag gets mud stuck on the first step is to let the mud dry out naturally. Once dry use a clean, dry brush (such as a toothbrush) to gently brush the mud from the fabric taking care not to snag the fabric or brush too hard/ vigorously. Blot the area once cleaned to remove excess moisture and allow to dry naturally at room temperature.
Cotton Canvas (with or without leather trim)
If you need to clean the canvas we recommend spot-cleaning only using a solution of mild hand-washing detergent and warm water, lightly sponge (avoid a cloth/ sponge that is too abrasive) and leave to dry naturally.
If your bag gets mud stuck on the first step is to it let the mud dry out naturally. Once dry use a clean, dry brush to gently brush the mud from the fabric taking care not to snag the fabric or brush too hard/ vigorously. It is best to brush the fabric in the direction of the drill to avoid lifting the pile of the fabric. Blot the area once cleaned to remove excess moisture and allow to dry naturally at room temperature.
Information from Carradice for their bags made from Cotton Duck Fabric
How waterproof are the Cotton Duck bags? Our cotton duck bags are 100% waterproof.
How do I clean Cotton Duck? The easiest way to clean you bag is to dry it and then brush off the loose mud. For stubborn muddy stains use warm water and a nail brush or similar. Never use detergent as this strips out the waterproofing.
How do I keep my cotton duck bags looking good? You should always let the bags dry out after a wet day’s ride – empty out the contents to speed up the process. If bags are left damp for a prolonged period of time they could become prone to mildew. Avoid battery acid spills – keep your torch and spare batteries in a sealed plastic bag. Clean your cotton duck bag regularly (see above).
How do I reproof Cotton Duck and how often should I do it? The frequency of reproofing will depend on how much your bag is used – especially if you need to scrub it clean regularly. Try pouring a drop of water onto your bag lid. If the water soaks through to the inside it’s definitely time to reproof. Use the reproofing wax available here and rub it into the outside of your bag with a rag. Leave it to penetrate the fibres fully overnight and you’re ready to go.
Information from Mountainsmith on the Care of their packs
Always store your backpack in a cool, dry environment. When it comes to washing your pack, hand washing works best. Simply soak your pack in warm water with a mild detergent. Take a soft-bristle scrubbing brush and gently scrub your pack clean. Hang your pack in a cool area to dry. There are many different gear-specific washes available at most specialty outdoor retailers. If you wish to wash your lumbar pack, you can do this in a Front Loading Washer, warm water, and mild detergent. Please do not use a machine with an agitator. Always hang packs to dry.
Information from Po Campo on how to clean their bags
We designed our bags to be able to take some abuse! Just apply a dab of dish soap onto the stain and gently rub it with a damp towel or old toothbrush. You can also use a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on 2013 and later printed fabrics. All of our fabrics are nonabsorbent so with a little diligence, it will come clean.
*Note: Some Po Campo bags produced from 2009-2011 were made of treated acrylic outdoor upholstery fabric. While also water repellent, the color can fade if scrubbed too vigorously, so please be gentle.
Information from U-Konserve on the care of their products
Stainless Steel Containers
Stainless steel 304-grade (18/8). LDPE #4 plastic lids. Dishwasher safe, top rack.
Lids are dishwasher safe but research has shown that it’s best to keep plastics out of high temperature environments.
Insulated Lunch Totes
PET #1 recycled plastic bottles. Machine wash cold, line dry.
Ice Packs & Covers
PET #1 recycled plastic bottles, gel packs are non-toxic sodium polymer. Machine wash cold, line dry.
Cleaning advice from Liberty Bottleworks
We recommend hand washing your bottle. With a little soap, a little water and some elbow grease. So please hand-wash only and enjoy it for many years to come.