Taking Care of Canvas Bags - Tips to Make Them Last Longer!

Do you have waxed canvas bags? They can last for a long time as long as you know how to care for them properly. When you do, you can trust that your bag can handle almost anything and will still look aesthetically appealing and functional. Here are some tips for caring for your leather waxed canvas bag: 

Be Gentle With It

When you’ve got major dirt on your canvas bag, go easy on it. You don’t need to scrub it angrily because it won’t make the dirt go away easily. In fact, it could even ruin your bag. Instead, take the gentle route and scrub it with a bristle brush. 

If the dirt is stubborn, you can spray the bag with cold water. On the other hand, if you’re not dealing with stubborn dirt, you can add a small amount of mild soap to your cold water, rinse it and let your bag air dry. Keep in mind never to put the bag in the machine. 

Don’t Apply Heat

When caring for your waxed canvas bag, it’s extremely important not to clean it with hot water. Heat can break down its wax coating. But don’t worry; you can bring it out under the sun, and even if the material softens due to the heat outdoors, it will return back to normal when it’s at room temperature. But make sure not to leave your bag under the sun for too long!


There will come a time when the wax coating of the bag will start to think, or you might notice spots where the waterproofing has broken down. Don’t panic—re-wax it!

Re-waxing a waxed canvas bag is easy because all you need are: 

  • A bar or tin of wax
  • Hair dryer

On the other hand, if you’re dealing with an oil stain, apply cornstarch on the stain and then brush it off with a bristle brush. You may need to do this several times and leave the cornstarch on for a day or two. 

Next, you should work on what’s left of the stain with soap and lukewarm water. Then, re-wax that portion of the bag. And that’s it; your bag will be good as new!

Caring for your waxed canvas bags this way can clean away dirt and spots without breaking down the wax coating. Another thing you need to remember is not to wash it very often because this type of bag will look so much better the more you use them. In fact, the marks and scuffs you pick up along the way add more character to the bag. 

Enjoy Adventures with Your Waxed, Canvas Bag

Your waxed canvas bag can last for a long time (and look so appealing) when you know how to care for it properly. Taking care of this type of bag is pretty straightforward, and what makes it even better is you don’t need to wash it frequently. In fact, the scuffs and marks can add more appeal to your bag. 

Check out our wide selection of wax canvas handbags in the UK here at Troop London. We have the finest canvas bags that will last you for almost a lifetime. Shop now!