Taking good care of your bag can significantly extend its lifespan. Here are some tips on what to avoid to ensure your bag remains in top condition for as long as possible:
1. Overloading: Always adhere to the recommended weight limit for your bag. Overloading can strain the zippers, seams, and straps, leading to premature wear and tear.
2. Excessive Moisture: Avoid exposing your bag to prolonged periods of rain or moisture. If it gets wet, dry it in a shaded and well-ventilated area. Never use direct heat sources like hairdryers or radiators, as this can damage the material.
3. Harsh Chemicals: Avoid cleaning your bag with harsh chemicals or bleach, which can fade or damage the material. Instead, use mild soapy water and a soft cloth.
4. Sharp Objects: Be careful when placing or removing sharp objects from your bag to avoid punctures or scratches.
5. Direct Sunlight: Continuous exposure to direct sunlight can fade the color of your bag, especially if it's made from natural materials or has been dyed. Store in a cool, shaded place.
6. Rough Surfaces: Avoid dragging your bag or placing it on rough and abrasive surfaces, which can wear down the feet cause scuffing or scratches on the base of the bag.
7. Stains: Address spills or stains immediately. Blot (don't rub) the area with a damp cloth, then let it air dry. For tougher stains, consider using specialized cleaning products or consulting a professional.
8. Improper Storage: When not in use, store your bag in a cool, dry place. Make sure to empty the bag and shape it properly to prevent creases or deformations.
9. Ignoring Repairs: Address minor damages or repairs immediately before they become bigger issues. For instance, fix a loose thread or a broken zipper promptly to avoid further damage.
10. Improper Usage: Avoid using the bag for any purpose that it was not designed to handle such as sitting on the bag as it may cause deformations.
11. Trolley Bags: To preserve the integrity of your trolley bags, prevent damage to the webbing by ensuring the straps are unclipped and tucked away rather than dragging along the floor when used in trolley mode. Avoid causing dents to the telescope handle, as this may lead to it becoming stuck. This risk increases, for example, when the back of the bag is struck against stairs. Additionally, refrain from exerting excessive force on the handle to prevent breakage. Always store the bag upright on its stable base.
Regular maintenance and cleaning can keep your bag looking fresh and new. Always refer to the manufacturer's care instructions, as different materials might have specific care guidelines.