Dear Home Ec 101:
I recently purchased some used (softside, Samsonite) luggage, which it like new, but has apparently been stored in a closet. It is dusty and I’d like to know the best way to clean it.
~ It’s in the Bag
I checked the manufacturer’s website and mild soap and water are recommended for routine cleaning while products such as Spray and Wash may be used for spots and stains.
If the luggage is filthy you may want to try a foam cleaner such as the type used for car upholstery. You can typically find this in the automotive section.
For odors spray with a weak vinegar solution but be sure to allow the luggage to dry thoroughly, as in several days, before storing. If you don’t let it dry thoroughly you’ll need to repeat this step and follow the next, as well. Mildew funk will not endear you to your travelling companions.
Finally, if there is an odor in the suitcase, try using activated charcoal to adsorb the odor.
Good luck and happy trails.