Dry bags, compression sacks and stuff sacks take a lot of abuse and will become dirty and possibly smelly over time. Before you start the cleaning process, always check the bag for a care instruction label first and follow it. Diverging from the recommendations could render any product guarantees null and void.

For general care and cleaning advice, please read below:

  • If lightly soiled, you can remove dirt easily with a sponge or soft cloth dipped in warm water and a non-detergent soap.
  • Heavily soiled stuff bags are probably better off being hosed down to start with to remove the worst contaminants. Do not use a pressure washer.
  • For persistent stains, wash the dry bags and stuff sacks by hand in warm water with a mild soap. We strongly advise against using a washing machine.
  • Try and avoid using detergents on the fabrics as these will compromise any water repellent finishes.
  • If there are stains, do not use a solvent to try and remove them as this could lead to the delamination of the waterproof membrane.
  • Allow dry bags and stuff sacks to dry naturally, but avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as the UV rays will degrade fabrics and waterproof finishes.  
  • Do not use tumble dryers on bags with taped seams as temperatures above 60°C /140°F will lead to delamination. Air drying is much safer. 
  • Ensure that your bags are fully dry before storing them away, as any moisture can lead to mold growth.
  • If you have any silicon sachets lying around (these often come with electrical equipment),  pop one in with the sack to keep it dry whilst stored.
  • Removing bad odours from inside the sacks can be tackled with specialist odour eliminator treatments or by sprinkling baking soda inside and leaving it to absorb the smells.