How To Clean a Fabric Suitcase

Written By Craig Coleman  |  Suitcase 

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think too much about how to clean a fabric suitcase. But if you’ve ever had one that’s gotten dirty, you know it can be a real challenge to get it looking new again.

With a few simple tips, though, you can keep your fabric suitcase looking great for years to come. Here’s what you need to know:

How To Remove Stains From a Fabric Suitcase

First, identify the type of fabric your suitcase is made of. This will determine the best cleaning method. If the fabric is delicate, like silk, you will want to take extra care.

Next, identify the type of stain. This will also determine the best cleaning method. If the stain is fresh, you will have an easier time removing it.

If the stain is dry, you will need to first wet the fabric in the area of the stain. Use a damp cloth or sponge and apply a small amount of water. Be careful not to over-wet the fabric, as this can cause damage.

Once the fabric is wet, apply a small amount of a mild detergent or cleaning solution. Work the solution into the fabric with your fingers or a soft brush, being careful not to damage the fabric.

Rinse the area with clean water to remove the detergent or cleaning solution.

Repeat the above steps as necessary until the stain is removed.

Once the stain is gone, allow the fabric to air dry. Do not put the suitcase in direct sunlight, as this can cause fading.

How To Clean the Interior and Exterior of a Fabric Suitcase

Here are some tips on how to clean both the interior and exterior of your bag. For the exterior, start by wiping down the fabric with a damp cloth. If there are any stubborn stains, you can treat them with a mild soap or detergent. Be sure to rinse off any soap residue afterwards.

As for the interior, you can vacuum it out or use a lint roller to remove any dust or dirt build-up. If necessary, you can also spot-clean the lining with a damp cloth and mild soap/detergent combination. Let your suitcase air dry completely before using it again

How To Protect a Fabric Suitcase From Future Stains and Dirt

When you travel, you want to be able to enjoy your time without having to worry about your clothes getting dirty or ruined. Luckily, there are some easy ways to protect your fabric suitcase from stains and dirt.

Before you pack your suitcase, treat it with a stain repellent spray. This will help to protect the fabric from any spills or stains that may occur during your trip. Be sure to follow the directions on the spray bottle and only apply it to the outside of the suitcase.

When packing your suitcase, be sure to use packing cubes or laundry bags to keep your clothes organized. This will help to prevent any wrinkles or creases in your clothes. You can also roll your clothes instead of folding them to help prevent wrinkles.

If you are traveling with a laptop or other electronics, be sure to pack them in a separate bag from your clothes. This will help to prevent any damage to your clothes from the electronics.

If you are worried about your clothes getting dirty, pack them in a dry bag. This will help to keep any dirt or sand from getting on your clothes.

When you are not using your suitcase, be sure to store it in a cool, dry place. Do not store it in a hot attic or garage, as this can cause the fabric to shrink or fade.

By following these simple tips, you can help to keep your fabric suitcase looking new for years to come.


If your suitcase is starting to look a little worse for wear, don‘t despair a good clean will have it looking like new again. All you need is a little time, some patience, and the above instructions. With a little bit of effort, you‘ll have your suitcase looking spick and span in no time.

About the Author

Craig Coleman

Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, Craig dreamed of visiting far-off lands. After college, he hit the road, and became a full-time travel writer.