Caring for your cork products: A guide to cleaning and maintenance

Caring for your cork products: A guide to cleaning and maintenance

Our cork bags, backpacks, toys and mats are not just high on style and practicality, they're also friends of the earth. Crafted from the bark of cork oak trees, cork fabric is an eco-conscious choice, naturally durable, resistant to water, and a breeze to clean.

Just like every accessory you love, your cork items might catch a bit of dirt and need some freshening up. We're here to help you keep your cork pieces shining, so they'll stand the test of time. If you're seeking tips to show your cork items some love, you've come to the right spot. Still on the hunt for a cork bag? Take a peek at our collection here.

How to freshen up your cork accessory

Sprucing up your cork bag is super simple. Arm yourself with a soft cloth, a touch of gentle soap or detergent, warm water, and a bowl that's just the right size.

Add warm water to your bowl—cozy warm, not boiling—to kick-start the cleaning process. If your accessory has gathered quite a bit of dirt, a few drops of soap or mild detergent will do the trick. But remember, we're going for gentle suds, not a bubble bath. Harsh chemicals and rough materials are a no-no for cork fabric.

Once you've removed loose dirt with a dry wipe, dunk the soft cloth in your warm soapy solution, squeeze out extra water, and gently rub in circular movements. Stains should be a piece of cake to wipe away, but don't stop there – give the whole bag a once-over and repeat if needed.

In a hurry or just need to touch up a spot or two? Grab a biodegradable wet wipe, and your accessory will be good as new.

How to dive in: Hand-washing your cork accessory

If the inner lining of your bag has also been caught up in the chaos of life, you can submerge your bag in warm soapy water for a thorough cleanse. Pat it dry with a cloth, and let it air dry in a breezy spot—keeping it in its natural shape. Remember to steer clear of direct sun or heat to prevent cracking or fading.

This method works a treat for all your premium cork fabric products—shoes, wallets, belts, hats, yoga mats—you name it.

However, keep the washing machine door shut. It may sound like an easy fix, but a spin cycle could harm your beloved cork accessory.

How to store your cork product

The secret to cork care is making sure it's spick-and-span and dry before it goes into storage. Cork can crease if folded or left in a funky position, so let it rest naturally, preferably in a dust bag. No damp or humid hideaways, please – they invite mold. Instead, opt for a dry, cool spot like a drawer or closet.

Follow these tips, and your cork accessory will be turning heads for years.

In the market for a new cork accessory? Browse our range of top-notch cork fabric goodies here. Have a question or an idea to share? Don't hesitate to contact us!

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