How to wash a backpack?

General Instructions

Stains and dirt are best removed using a damp sponge and a mild detergent. If the backpack is heavily soiled, it can be washed under the shower or in the bathtub. Never wash the backpack or the raincover in a washing machine or dryclean! To dry the pack, hang it in a well ventilated place.

Please do not remove the metal frame from any of our backpacks.


After cleaning and also through long exposure to rain and sunlight, the impregnation of a backpack wears off over time. We recommend re-impregnating the backpack extensively with Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof. Nikwax products are available in our VAUDE stores.

  1. You do not have to wait until the backpack is dry. Spray the Nikwax product evenly on the outside of the backpack.
  2. Wipe off excess waterproofing agent with a damp cloth.
  3. Leave the product on for a few minutes. Afterwards, look again to see if there is excess waterproofing agent. If so, wipe it off with a damp cloth.
  4. Dry the backpack completely in the air once. Tip: Hang it upside down. This will allow water to run out of the compartments.