The one thing that parents don’t want to do is spend a lot of money on book bags. If a parent has to buy several during the course of the year this can really add up. Some parents do this because they get tired of looking at their children’s dirty book bags. In order to preserve your child’s book bag you will need to first keep it clean to preserve it.
The first way that you can do this, is to clean your child’s book bag on a weekly basis. Of course book bags can not be tossed into the washing machine. Book bags will need to be wiped down. I have found that using a disinfectant spray and a sponge is the best way to clean a book bag both inside and out. Start by emptying out the bag. Be sure that anything you take out of the bag is organized neatly so that it will not be lost. Spray the sponge with the disinfectant. You will only need a little bit of spray, about two squirts and this should be enough to wipe down both the inside and outside of the bag.
The one thing that you don’t want to do is clean a bag with a lot of water. You can rinse out the sponge after wiping out the bag. Once the sponge is rinsed out, you can use the sponge to wipe down the bag again. Allow the bag to dry out, before placing the items back in the bag. If the straps on the bag are starting to get worn out, you can very easily cut the strings off the bottom. Don’t cut the strap if it is not starting to tear. If you see a hole starting to form in the book back you can purchase a few patches from your local arts and crafts store. There are some patches that can be ironed on or sewed on. Depending on the material of the book bag you may need to choose one or the other, or perhaps glue it on. Be sure that you don’t iron on a patch to a piece of bag that will melt. Patches should be placed on the inside so that the hole appears to be covered.
Remember that keeping a book bag clean and helping it last longer is definitely worth the effort. You may even be able to pass the book bag down to younger children in the family when they are ready to start school. It is also a good idea to teach kids how to take care of their bag. Most kids have no idea how to take care of their book bag. If you show them the proper way to use the bag, it will also help it to last a lot longer.