How to Clean American Tourister Luggage

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If you've ever glanced out the airplane window and watched the airport attendants load luggage onto the conveyor belt to the plane, you've probably never questioned again why your luggage appears to have traveled around the world twice and fought a war before it arrived with you at your destination. Luggage is shoved, slid and sometime thrown onto dirty cement, conveyor belts and metal. While your American Tourister luggage will never look as good as it did when you walked out of the store with it, you can restore some of its former quality by cleaning the luggage.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Quart-size spray bottle
  • Sponge or soft rag
  • Soft towel
  • High quality furniture or automobile polish
  • Commercial laundry stain remover or upholstery stain remover
  • Vinegar

Pour 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap into a quart-size spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water.

Shake the bottle well to mix the contents, then spray the luggage with the mixture. Use a sponge or soft rag to rub the luggage with the cleaner.

Rinse the luggage with a sponge or soft rag and clean water. Dry with a soft towel.

Wax the luggage with a high-quality automobile or furniture polish that is silicone-based to help protect the luggage on future trips.

Mix 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap into a quart-size bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water.

Shake the bottle well to mix the contents, then spray the mixture directly on the spot to be cleaned. Use a sponge or soft rag to rub the spot until lifted.

Use a commercial product such as a laundry stain remover or a stain remover for car upholstery if soap and water do not lift the stain.

Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Shake the bottle to mix the contents and spray the luggage with the mixture to remove smell. Allow the luggage to air-dry for several days.

Tips & Warnings

  • If vinegar does not remove the odor, place charcoal in the bag and close it inside for a day.
  • If you store your luggage in an attic, basement or garage, air out the luggage periodically to prevent mildew.

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