How to best care for and maintain your accessories.
Waxed Canvas Care
Please do not machine wash, dry clean or iron your waxed canvas bag. Never use detergent or solvent cleaners. Remove as much dried debris and dirt with a brush first. Then apply cool-warm water to the dirty surface. Never use hot water. Gently use a soft scrub brush or wet sponge on the damp bag, rinse, and let it dry. As a last resort for stubborn stains, a mild bar soap may be used. Make sure to test a small inconspicuous area first. Too much soap will prematurely strip away the protective wax coating on your canvas.
Over time, the waxed coating on your canvas bag may wear away in spots. We recommend touching up (reproofing) your waxed canvas with Martexin Original Wax refinishing compound every 1-2 years, which can help restore the original factory look and protect your bag against the elements. A video guide for refinishing your gear can be found here.
Inner Tube Care
Please do not machine wash, dry clean or iron your inner tube bag. You may spot clean with a damp cloth and a solution of mild soap and water. Make sure not to get any soapy water on any waxed canvas parts of your bag. Rinse soapy areas thoroughly. Inner tubes can also be periodically reconditioned with rubber/tire dressings found in many automotive stores. We really like Chemical Guys Natural Shine Dressing. It is water based, smells great, restores and conditions the rubber and protects against damaging UVA/UVB rays. Do not apply this or other rubber conditioners directly on the bag. Instead, apply the dressing to a clean microfiber cloth and rub the cloth on the inner tubes. Remove any excess dressing with another fresh cloth and buff. A second coat may be applied for a “wet” look. This conditioning treatment will extend the life of your bag by helping to prevent the rubber from becoming brittle and cracking.
As with any rubber product, avoid storing your inner tube bag in direct sunlight for extended periods of time (like leaving your bag in a hot, sunny car all day). A white patina may develop from the wax that was impregnated in the rubber when it was manufactured. This wax is intended aid in protecting against rubber oxidation. If you would prefer not to see this happen, coat your bag regularly with Chemical Guys Natural Shine Dressing as described above.
Color transfer from our inner tube bags to clothes is sometimes possible. Light washing will most often remove the transfer from garments. Color transfer happens most often in hot and humid conditions, so we recommend wearing darker clothing when in these conditions with your bag to avoid color transfer to lighter color garments. Keeping your inner tube bag cleaned and conditioned regularly will lessen the chance of color transfer.
We source our leather from Wickett & Craig – widely considered to be one of the best vegetable tanneries in the US. They’ve been in business since 1867. Each hide is perfected in a labor-intensive, natural, eco-friendly process that produces superior leather. The leather will darken as it ages and will develop a rich patina with use and exposure to sunlight.
Avoid getting your leather bag or wallet wet.
You can treat your leather with leather conditioners to speed the patina along. We love and recommend Smith’s Leather Balm.