How To Wash Laptop Backpack

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Laptop Backpack is part of our daily work life since it helps in safely moving laptops from one place to another. But due to heavy use, it gets dirty and required to be cleaned.

However one of the questions that arise is that can you wash your laptop backpack. Although most laptop backpacks are okay to be washed, but a good practice is to check care labels. Care label provides valuable information about washing a backpack without damaging it. Care label is often located inside the backpack along aside, usually in the main compartment.

In case your laptop backpack care label has been faded or cut off, you can get info by visiting the manufacturer’s site.

How To Wash Laptop Backpack

Methods Of Washing

Ok, now you had verified that it is safe to wash your laptop backpack. It’s time to decide how you can wash your backpack. There are mainly two ways of properly washing your backpack

  1. Manual Washing
  2. Washing Machine

Although you can choose either approach but if you have a small washing machine and a bigger backpack it’s safer to go for manual wash.

Required Washing Tools

Before diving into this messy job of washing, it’s better to assemble all the required tools. Here is the list of recommended tools

  • Old Towel
  • Soft Tooth Brush
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Small Vacuum Cleaner

Laptop Backpack Pre-Cleaning

Pre-cleaning is the process of cleaning the laptop backpack before washing it. Here are some tips about precleaning.

1. Empty All Stuff

Remove all the stuff that you have in your laptop backpack and store it in a plastic bag. In this way, you can put all the stuff back after cleaning your backpack without losing anything important.

One good thing that you can do is that you can clean your backpack items if it contains dust. In this way, you will not end up putting any dirty items into your clean bag.

2. Clean Interior Corners

After everything is removed, use a small vacuum cleaner to clean the dusty interior corners of the backpack that are hard to reach. Once done leave the pockets unzipped

3. Treat Stains

If your backpack is stained with ink or food, treat that stain before washing your laptop backpack. You can use a gentle mixture of laundry detergent and water for that. Use a soft toothbrush and focus on the stained area but don’t scrub it too hard since it can damage the fiber.

Also depending on the fiber of the backpack, some stains are more difficult to remove than others. Keep focusing on the stained area and gently scrubbing it until the stains are removed. Once stains are removed now you are ready to wash your laptop backpack.

Manual Washing

1. Add Detergent In Water Tub

Fill the tub with normal water and add detergent to it. Make sure it is completely dissolved in water.

2. Wash The Backpack

Dip your laptop backpack in water until it gets fully wet. Now gently scrub it with a sponge and give particular attention to any area that contains grim and dirt.

Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the tough areas of the backpack and remove dirt from smaller pockets that are difficult to reach. Also, revisit any of the stains areas that still look dirty and scrub them again. Keep going until you feel like you have given a thorough wash.

Don’t brush the zipper too hard since most zippers contain water-resistant coating and it will compromise your bag’s water resistance.

3. Rinse The Backpack

Drain the tub water to make sure you really rinse the backpack. Now fill the tub again with clean water and go through all the pockets again and wash them. Repeat this step until the water gets fully clean.

4. Dry The Backpack

It’s time to dry your pack. You can remove excess water with the old towel then hang the backpack upside down with pockets unzipped.

Machine Washing

Before doing machine wash pre-clean your backpack using the step listed above

1. Place Pack In a Laundry Bag

Put the backpack in a mesh laundry bag. It will keep the backpack from getting any damage from washing machine parts.

2. Gentle Cycles & Detergent

Choose a gentle laundry detergent and wash your backpack. Also, choose laundry cycles wisely.

3. Dry The Backpack

Although you can dry your backpack with a dryer, it is not recommended at all. Hang the backpack in a well-ventilated room with pockets unzipped. You can also turn it inside-out to make sure all the inner compartments get dried properly.


Washing a laptop backpack becomes difficult if you don’t follow proper steps. We hope this guide will help you in washing your laptop backpack without damaging it.