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Cleaning suitcases: How to keep your travel companion permanently fresh and clean

Every traveler knows it: After a long trip by plane, train or car, the suitcase often shows signs of use. It has accumulated dust, got wet from rain or has dirt on the wheels from rolling around a lot. And not to forget: the internal stains that can be caused by spilled liquids or cosmetics. We show you with the right tips how to clean your suitcase, so you can enjoy your travel companion for a long time.

Why is it important to clean a suitcase?

Regular care of our luggage is often overlooked, even though a clean suitcase contributes significantly to the travel experience. After all, during our travels our luggage is exposed to countless influences - from dust and dirt to changing weather conditions and bacteria in various environments.

A clean suitcase here not only reflects the care of the owner, but also has direct practical effects. A well-kept exterior and a fresh interior of the suitcase extend the life of the luggage and also ensure hygienic storage of our clothes and valuables. Importantly, this also reduces the risk of pollutants or allergens being deposited on our belongings.

So a well-kept suitcase gives a pleasant feeling of order and preparedness - and who doesn't want to start a new adventure with a good feeling?

Cleaning suitcases: Tips for a thorough cleaning

You want to clean your suitcase thoroughly and give it a long-lasting freshness at the same time? This makes packing a pleasure and the next trip can come:

1.Cleaning the case from the outside: Note the material

When cleaning the outside of the case, it is critical to consider the material of the case. Different materials require different cleaning approaches to ensure that the case is cleaned effectively without damaging the material.

Clean hardside luggage properly

A damp cloth with mild detergent is sufficient. For stubborn stains, special plastic cleaners can help.

Cleaning softside luggage properly

Here you should use a damp cloth and a soft brush in combination with lukewarm water and soap for cleaning.

2. clean the inside of the case properly

  • Vacuuming: Before you start wet cleaning, you should vacuum the interior. This allows you to remove coarse dirt such as crumbs. Make sure that the vacuum cleaner has a brush attachment. This way, even dried dirt can be removed effortlessly.
  • Removing stains: A mix of water and mild detergent can work wonders. Soak a cloth and gently rub off the stains.
  • Get rid of odors: A sachet of baking soda in your suitcase overnight can help neutralize unpleasant odors. Coffee is also a real miracle weapon for neutralizing odors.

The general rule for internal cleaning is: Your product should be well ventilated afterwards and only closed again when it is completely dry.

3. Do not forget the wheels and handles

  • Wheels: Sand and dirt can block the wheels. An old toothbrush is perfect for cleaning them.
  • Handles: A disinfectant wipe can both remove dirt and fight bacteria here.

4. regular maintenance for longevity

For light to medium soiling, all travelite products can be regularly wiped inside and out simply with a clean cloth and lukewarm lye water (diluted with washing-up liquid, for example). Alternatively, vinegar cleaner is also suitable. Perfect for neutralizing odors when cleaning suitcases.

Suitcases that are regularly cleaned and maintained not only show less wear, but also remain functional. We recommend that you clean your suitcase briefly after each trip - this will not only save you a lot of time before the next trip, but may also save you from a nasty surprise.

Conclusion: It is better to travel with a cleaned suitcase

A clean suitcase makes all the difference. Regular cleaning not only protects your travel companion from wear and tear, but also keeps your clothes and gear clean and hygienic. It may seem like a small step, but a clean suitcase gives you the pleasant feeling of being well prepared and adds important comfort to your travels. So take the time to take care of your suitcase. We hope you enjoy your travels!

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