How to care for your luggage before and after your trip

We don’t have to tell you this; travelling can be harsh! Not just on you, but also on your Samsonite luggage. Airline baggage handlers notoriously manhandle our luggage causing dents, scratches, wheel loss and premature wear. We cant stop the handlers from messing with your gear, but we do have some luggage care tips for you!

How to clean your Samsonite luggage

Depending on what material your Samsonite luggage is made of, you should aim to clean it after two trips. For hard luggage made of polypropylene, polycarbonate or ABS materials, warm water, detergent and a cloth works well to get rid of scuffs and marks. For soft cases made of polyester or ballistic nylon, apply warm water and a mild detergent or cleaning aid to remove travel scuffs and marks. It is important to dry your soft case after cleaning by either using a hairdryer or dry towel.

Wrap your luggage

Avoid scratches by covering your luggage. Wrap it in plastic at the airport or invest in luggage covers.This provides security for your luggage and keeps it looking newer for longer.

If you are storing your luggage after a trip, cover them with black bin bags or store them in luggage covers to avoid dust build-up.

Remove sticker marks easily

Remove pesky airline sticker residue off your hard Samsonite luggage by using a damp cloth and olive oil on the affected area. This works wonders and seamlessly eliminates these unsightly marks.

Wheel Care

Check your wheels before and after your travels for anything which might be blocking their spin. Small stones, sand and gravel can lead to faster wear and tear. Your wheels should be cleaned with a small brush for optimal spin.

What to do when your Samsonite luggage is damaged

If your airline damages your luggage, immediately take it to the airlines luggage counter to lay a claim. Once they have verified this, bring your luggage to an approved repair centre, where the cost of the repairs will be for the airlines account.