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can I machine wash a crumpler camera bag

 
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Nov 20, 2014 21:44 |  #16

gonzogolf wrote in post #17284604 (external link)
I'll translate.
Thanks for contacing crumpler

Here are some innefective things, give them a shot. Then buy a new bag from us.

Signed, crumpler.

I agree… I've already wasted six bucks on febeze. I just stuffed it in the machine for a good washin' with some high-powered detergent. I'll likely just throw it in the dryer on a warm cycle. If it falls apart, oh well, I learned a couple things… 1) don't wash a Crumpler bag ... 2) don't buy anything used over the Internet that might retain the smell of its previous owner!

For anyone that's interested, I'll post back tomorrow with the results.


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Nov 20, 2014 21:58 |  #17

I would give it a wash with stuff called Nikwax Techwash then proof it with TX.Direct wash-in.

Stuff like this: Nikwax Tech Wash & TX Direct (external link)




  
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Nov 21, 2014 16:43 |  #18

I'll post my results in case anyone is interested or in the event someone searches the same question down the road. The answer is YES the Crumpler 6 million dollar home did indeed survive a gentle cycle through my washing machine. In fact, the bag seems just fine. Maybe a little less stiff, seems kinda "broken in" if you will. If there is a "protective coating" on this bag, I can't tell any difference after the wash. And most importantly, it smells MUCH improved! No real smell at all. The side pocket that likely stayed shut during the wash still has a tiny amount of odor, but I'm probably hypersensitive at this point. I might just wash it again for good measure. Likely it will just fade with time. BTW, I dried it in the dryer on lower heat for 30 minutes and let it sit out overnight. So, there you have it….I guess you can wash these bags in the machine. At least I washed mine and it didn't fall apart! Hope this helps someone in the future searching for an answer to the same question.


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Nov 21, 2014 16:57 |  #19

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Take it with you to the shower with a gentle brush, and shampoo. Then put it in the sun to dry.

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I have done this many times. I have bought a few bags in garage sales and always wash them in the tub. Then in the sun to dry. I also spray the heck out of them with cologne. They come out great.


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Nov 21, 2014 19:57 |  #20

I don't have a lot of bags, but all my bags have a tag somewhere inside with the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning. Just like, you know, clothing. I would tend to trust those.

(Somewhere out there is a camera bag with a tag that says: remove camera before cleaning.)




  
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Nov 22, 2014 20:46 |  #21

I own a coin laundry. Wash it in a 18-20# front load washer on permanent press and cold water with recommended amount of soap (found oddly enough on the side of the soap box). If you use the commercial soap at the laundry, Surge, you will have a very, very light citrus odor after cleaning. If the odor is really strong, use some oxyclean. Air dry by blowing a fan on it until dry. Machine cost at my store is $2.50 plus the soap. We do this for rugs, canvas, sleeping bags, comforters, and other bulky items with good results.


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Nov 23, 2014 15:01 as a reply to  @ Seamus69's post |  #22

I've cleaned my very well travelled Crumpler and Kata bags in the washing machine several times in the 5 years I've owned them. Normal non bio detergent - whatever was to hand - and 20 deg C to play safe. I did the inserts separately by hand so that Velcro hooks couldn't wreak havoc.

The first time I washed the Kata was in the winter and it took over a day to dry out even when placed next to the hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard with result that it had a slightly musty smell for a couple of weeks but removing the removable cushioning material (which I found out afterwards could be done!) showed no visible mould; just nice, white, inserts.

Since then, washing has been in the summer with the bags put in the conservatory to dry out and there has been no detectable smell afterwards.


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Nov 26, 2014 20:06 |  #23

seall wrote in post #17284634 (external link)
I would give it a wash with stuff called Nikwax Techwash then proof it with TX.Direct wash-in.

Stuff like this: Nikwax Tech Wash & TX Direct (external link)

I agree. Use the Nikwax washing product and do it by hand in the sink. Then use the Nikwax waterproofer. I've used it on Lowepro bags, on rain jackets and pants that got dirty. The dirt comes out, the waterproofing goes in, and the material is just as soft and pliable as when it was new.

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