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Washing the Euro Flight Bag?

Anyone ever try running the Euro bag through the washing machine? Mine has picked up some kind of sticky residue on the bottom and wiping it down doesn't help. If I can't get it clean, I'll end up buying another one.

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Have you tried a product called "Goo Gone" (not sure about the spelling)? It's a yellow/clear liquid, in a plastic bottle. Get it at Lowes, Home Depot, Target, hardware stores and some larger grocery stores. Rub it on with a rough cloth (old washcloth works great), and it melts away the sticky stuff. Then wash well with soapy water. Gets all kinds of gooey, sticky residues off my clothes, bags, etc. Read the label though.

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I do have Goo Gone on hand. I'll give it a try, but am still curious about putting the bag in the washer in case that doesn't work.

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Here’s how I clean mine.
Recommend read through before trying:

In a bath tub or large sink tub pour in Dawn dish detergent (about 1/4 cup worth) and cold to lukewarm water. Fill tub only enough to cover the bag in water. I try to let it soak overnight.

In morning, if any stains remain...depending upon what the stain is, I may apply Dawn directly to the spot and rub, then drain the tub and rinse out the bag thoroughly.

AIR dry the bag. Never stick them in a dryer! Dryers can destroy zippers or seams.

If the stain is still there, I repeat the spot Dawn onto stain process.

Or, If that doesn’t work: I allow the bag to thoroughly dry after the last rinsing then spray the spot with half strength Simple Green (half water half SG). Then again do the soak overnight, same process as above. Caution with the Simple Green: if you haven’t Scotch guarded or waterproof sprayed the bag, then SG can remove the color around the spot. Depends upon what the stain is.

Or, Purchase a sharpie the same color as the bag and just color the stain then waterproof over the stain. This works better on rip stop Goretex.

I always waterproof travel bags and backpacks once a year prior to traveling. That usually stops staining. And the above cleaning also works for anything Goretex like backpacks or jackets.

Good luck! This method has worked for me through almost 20 years of travel with 2 active sons. :)

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Thanks, Northern. Unfortunately, it's not just an isolated stain. The bag has picked up a slightly sticky, whitish residue of some kind covering most of the bottom of the bag, even some on the inside bottom, and extending into some of the fabric. It has a somewhat sweet smell, almost like toothpaste. Did I spill huge swaths of toothpaste on the bag? No.

I really don't know how it developed. Haven't had anything spill that I'm aware of. The bag has never been checked, so can't blame the airlines. Perhaps I set the bag down in something unawares.

I just scrubbed the affected areas with Goo Gone, as jmauldinuu suggested, and am waiting for it to dry. If need be, I'm just going to throw it in the washer and see what happens. The bags are relatively inexpensive when RS has a luggage sale, so I can live with getting another, if needed.

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I'm pretty sure I washed mine and it was fine. I probably used the gentle cycle for it.

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The Goo Gone seemed to get the residue out. I then ran the bag through the gentle cycle as the easiest way to get the Goo Gone's citrus smell out. The bag is hanging up to dry and appears to be just fine. Once dry, I may try Northern's waterproofing suggestion.

Thanks for the help!

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Good news, stoutfella! May you have many more wonderful trips with your refreshed Euro bag!