How to clean spoiled chef's knife sharpeners

Cleaning a suitcase

  • 1

    Determine if the suitcase is worth cleaning. If the suitcase isn't very dirty, don't bother cleaning it or just empty it and vacuum it. Ultimately, the purpose of the outside of a suitcase is to protect what is inside. Depending on the material, cleaning your case could damage it. A little dust and dirt only gives it character. If it was a terrible suitcase to begin with and it's now torn and torn, or if the latch or zipper is hopelessly stuck, it may just be time for a replacement. On the other hand, if the damage is bad enough, you have nothing to lose in trying to clean it up.

  • 2

    Empty the suitcase. Take out all of the old socks, old travel journals, and leftover tissues. Also, remove any previous luggage tags. You won't want to go where you were last month with your suitcase anyway.

  • 3

    Remove the dust. Brush the surfaces, especially those made of fabric, with a dry brush or broom to loosen the dust. Then use the cushion attachment on a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up anything that is loose. Make sure to vacuum all of the small pockets on the inside and outside of the suitcase. This is a great way to remove the little dirt and trash that may have been left in your pockets. Don't forget to feel up first so you don't suck up any missing earrings or cufflinks. Depending on how dirty your suitcase is, this could be a good preparation for avoiding mud in subsequent steps. On the other hand, if removing the dust is enough, you're done.

  • 4

    Test everything wet on a small spot.Take a damp cloth and, if you want, some soap or mild liquid cleaner, and carefully try to rub a small, inconspicuous area on the outside of the suitcase. If the test is successful, wipe the rest of the case, changing the cleaning wipes as needed. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove as much of the silk residue as possible.
    • For an all leather suitcase or bag, wipe the outside with saddle soap or oil soap, which is made for leather. Use these products according to the instructions on the package. Avoid getting leather surfaces wet.
    • Try a mild spray cleaner on a hard case. Just spray it on and wipe it off with a cloth. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the cleaner.
    • Try a dirt eraser or even toothpaste to remove severe scuffs from hard cases. Try a small spot first to make sure you don't make things worse. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residue.
    • Remember, in general, the goal is to clean a surface, not soak it.
  • 5

    Wash with mild detergent.If you have a full bag, like a duffel bag, or if you're sure water won't damage any cardboard reinforcements, try soaking your bag in cold water with some mild detergent (such as Woolite (or even some shampoo. Swirl.) in a bowl, sink, or bathtub (if necessary) full of this solution, then rinse and dry the bag thoroughly.
    • Keep in mind that soaking is more likely to damage, wrinkle, or damage or remove any built-in waterproofing method than other methods, so only try this step if you think you have to.
    • Don't iron or tumble dry a bag that has a plastic or rubber lining. Instead, shape them and let them air dry.
  • 6

    Let the suitcase dry before you put it away.

  • 7

    Clean the inside. If the inside of the case is lined with plastic, wipe it with a clean, damp cloth (not the one you used on the outside) and, if necessary, with a mild detergent. Simply vacuum fabric or wipe it with a dry cloth.

  • 8

    Spray on an odor remover such as Febreze. If you prefer less fragrance, try Smells Begone.

  • 9

    Let the air out. Open the suitcase and any bags you can, and let the bag air out for a few days before or after using it. It keeps your clothes from smelling, just like your suitcase.

  • 10

    Store your suitcase properly.Chances are it will live in a closet or in the attic when not in use.
    • Wherever you keep it, cover it loosely to keep out the dust and try to let it breathe.
    • If you want, you can put a dryer cloth or an unused bar of soap inside for some scent.
    • Alternatively, put in a few cedar balls or chips. Use a lightweight cloth or mesh bag, or even a clean, old sock for the chips. Cedar has a mild, natural scent that tends to repel insects. Check out where closet supplies are sold or buy a bag of cedar chips from a pet store (sold as litter in animal cages).
    • If you'd prefer your suitcase to have no odor at all, try tucking it in with a charcoal bag or just a bundle of black and white newspapers, which will help absorb moisture and odors. If you live in a very humid area, consider stowing the suitcase with a drying bag in it. Clean cat litter is also good at absorbing odors and moisture.