You go out and buy the best luggage you can afford and you want it to last.
After a few trips it is scuffed and dirty, and nothing like the merchandised piece you picked off the shelf. And you want it clean again.
You come off the plane in Italy and you think the volcanic ash of Pompeii has penetrated your bag.
Some time ago I talked with the people at Samsonite luggage. These people with the biggest luggage brand name in the world should know a thing or two about this.
They provided some excellent advice in this matter.
They say to remove scuffs from soft side luggage you should spot clean with a mild soap (i.e. dish soap) and water. If this doesn’t work try a product made for spot removal on clothing such as Spray ‘n Wash, or use a foam type cleaner used to clean car mats or automobile carpets.
They also add some additional good information if your luggage takes on an offensive odor – use a vinegar (1 part) and water (5 parts) mixture. After using this mixture, you will need to air out the luggage for a few days.
A second option is to place charcoal in the bag for a day or more with the bag closed. The charcoal will absorb the smell. Luggage needs to be aired regularly to prevent mildew from forming as a result of humidity.
I spent many years selling luggage, and while light is the new buying word coming out of the mouths of consumers, if you want your luggage to look good and last longer, give a little on price and a little on weight.
Ballistic nylon luggage is heavier, but not like in the old days. Poundage has been reduced dramatically, and the material looks better and wears better.
Manufacturers today have now been using blends to keep the look and the durability by sacrificing only in small percentages.
Look for bags with what is called a honeycomb frame, or at least a partial or modified honeycomb frame. It too will be slightly heavier but will last a lot longer.
The old frames were as heavy as a truck, but now with new space age materials they are able to manufacture good frames that are very light.
These bags fall into the buyer beware category.
And the next time you are boarding your flight from Argentina, you won’t look like you couldn’t afford the trip and have others wondering if you are a thief or just not a wise buyer.
There are brands that are not much more expensive. They are better but investment return ratio may not be there and it is up to you to decide if you want to go to that level.
They do look good and certainly will outlast the others by a bit.