Natural Canvas

Our canvas bags with leather detailing should only be spot cleaned. To spot clean, blot stains using a damp sponge and a bit of soap. Repeat if necessary. Our all-canvas bags can be washed on gentle with cold water, wrung out and hung to dry. Cold water will prevent the bag from shrinking.

Waxed Fabric

Our waxed fabric products preclude normal cleaning, which means you won’t be able to wash or dry clean it and they are design to wear beautifully without washing.  At most, a periodic cleaning with a damp cloth is all that is needed. Bare areas can be refinished with our Martexin Original Wax refinishing compound which can help restore the wax finish. For wax application instructions, please visit: http://archivalclothing.com/tag/martexin/

Leather

For stains, spot clean by dabbing the affected area with a damp sponge and mild detergent or saddle soap. For upkeep and waterproofing, pure mink oil is most commonly used, but Neatsfoot oil also works well. When using oils, it is important to keep in mind that they will darken the original color of the leather: mink oil will give a deep, reddish tone and darken the leather to a burnt caramel coloring, while Neatsfool oil will give a soft yellow, light/medium brown tone. After oiling, you can use a leather dressing, such as Obenauf or Pecards.

Indigo Dye

All indigo dyed products need to be treated separately from any other products. Please note that that color bleeding is normal and to be expected every time the product is cleaned.