If you can't get your skingrowsback product looking good with a simple hose down we recommend hand washing with a mild detergent if required, dry in the shade only.
Do not use a machine wash, machine dryer, or iron.
Here are some useful suggestions for maintaining your skingrowsback product. Even though the slightly over engineered nature of these products will mean they last a long time a couple of basic rules to follow will keep them lasting even longer.
Spray Before You Play.
Before you use your skingrowsback product we recommend using a water shield spray, this not only repels water but will reduce the amount of dirt that sticks to the surface. Follow the instructions on the container for the best results.
When it comes to washing there are two ways you can approach this. Primarily for our on bike products the most effective way is to use a hose to remove the bulk of the dirt and mud. Try to avoid using a pressure washer as this can do more harm than good. Different colours will have different results, the brighter the colour the more difficult it will be to keep clean for obvious reasons.
If the product you are washing has a stiff component to it please DO NOT wash it in the washing machine, this will cause the structure to be compromised. These products include:
Little Lunch Handlebar Bag
Lunchbox Handlebar Bag
Wide Boy Handlebar Bag
Amigo Top Tube Bag
Understanding the materials we use for our products will help you care for them in an optimal way. Almost all our products use materials that have a DWR coating (Durable Water Repellent) on the outer layer. Over time this will wear off with factors like abrasion, fibre stress, prolonged UV exposure and detergents. This doesn't mean that we should totally shelter these products, but if we start with an understanding of what has the potential to cause damage then we can work around them.
Using zips is pretty self explanatory, you pull it one to open and the opposite way to close.
You can avoid stress on the teeth of the zip if you hold the product together when zipping it up. Pushing any obstructions away from the zip slider as you close it can avoid a jam, lightweight materials like jackets are notorious for this. Removing dirt, mud and particularly sand from the surface of the zip can reduce the risk of damage when opening and closing. All our on bike products use a YKK PU coated zip this offers a degree of water repellency, it's also easy to wipe down before use.
Zip lube is another great way to prolong the life of your zip. Yes, zip lube. Apply a small amount to the teeth of the zip occasionally for smoother running zips.
We hope you have found this information useful and that your skingrowsback products exceed your expectations.