We don’t have to tell you this; travelling can be harsh! Not just on you, but on your luggage. Airline baggage handlers notoriously manhandle our luggage causing dents, scratches, wheel loss and premature wear. Steering clear of these travel woes can be a challenge but there are a number of methods one can employ to keep their travel luggage as close to its original condition as possible.
How to clean your luggage
Depending on the material of your luggage, be sure that at least after 2 uses you take time to clean it. For hard luggage which makes use of polypropylene or polycarbonate or ABS materials, some warm water, some detergent and a cloth is perfect for getting off scuffs and marks created during your travels. If your case is soft making use 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
One of the best ways to avoid scratches is to cover your luggage. Wrap it in plastic at the airport for a small fee or invest in some luggage covers. This will not only provide more security to your luggage while travelling but keep it looking new for as long as possible. If you are storing your luggage after a trip, cover them with black bin bags or let them stay in your luggage covers to avoid any dust build-up from a cupboard or attic.
Get sticker marks off
A little known trick to getting pesky airline sticker residue off your hard luggage is to use a damp cloth and some olive oil on the affected area. This works wonders and seamlessly eliminates these unsightly marks.
Check your wheels before and after your travels for anything which might be blocking their spin. Small stones, sand and gravel can cause your wheels to wear faster, and should be cleaned with a small brush for optimal spin.
What to do when your 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.