Cleaning Your Canvas Bag_ A How-To Guide (Part Two)

Cleaning the bags you own should be a regular maintenance activity for bag collectors, or even just for people who want to keep their favourite bags looking good for longer. Dirt, dust, and stains that get on bags may affect their overall quality in the long run. 

If you have found yourself reading this article, you may have read part one of this two-instalment series blog post on how to clean and wash your canvas bags! If you haven’t already, you should read that first and circle back to this one when you’ve finished.

After reading the preliminary tasks you need to do before you start washing your bag in part one, you will now be ready to learn about the actual washing process and what should be done when the washing is complete.

Cleaning Your Canvas Bag: A How-To Guide (Part Two)

At this point, you will already know how to prepare your canvas bag for the washing process. You will already have done the bleeding test and vacuumed out all the contents of your bag to get it ready to be washed. So what comes next?

Get Rid of Stains

Next, you need to check your bag for stains. Smaller stains may be dealt with by applying a minimal amount of stain remover to the area. Keep it isolated when you wash the stain to prevent other parts of the bag from getting in contact with it. 

Manual Washing

For bags that have intricate designs, it is a much better option to manually wash them to avoid getting them damaged in the process. Look into the handwashing tips and instructions on the label of your canvas bag to know that you are using the right detergent and recommended water temperature for washing your bag.

Machine Mashing

For bags that do not have delicate parts, and if the label allows you, you may throw your canvas bag into the washing machine. For best results, only wash with other canvas items or on its own to prevent it from getting damaged while in the machine.


It is best for you to hang it to air dry on a clothesline. Keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid colour fading. Be careful about using a dryer on your canvas bags unless the label says it is okay for you to dry it this way. If not, you will risk damaging the colour, shape and structural integrity of your bag if you use a dryer when the label warns you not to do so. 

Proper Storage

Lastly, when your bag has dried, keeping it on a shelf or drawer that is not overcrowded will be best until you will use it again.


If you have continued reading and have reached this far, you will now have all the information you need to ensure that you are able to give your canvas bags the pampering they deserve before you use them again. Hopefully, after reading, you will be able to walk away with more knowledge on how to properly take care of your bags moving forward. 

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