Got a smudge, stain, or just a mud-streaked mess on your gear? First, well done! Peak Design gear likes to get dirty. Now, let's make it clean. Here’s our advice on doing so:
Cleaning Everyday & Travel Bags
1. Hand-wash with warm water. Many of our fabrics are treated with anti-absorbtion agents like DWR or polyurethane, meaning most stains don't go very deep. Most dirt can be easily removed using a damp washcloth. If water alone doesn't remove your stain and/or odor, try using a mild detergent (a very small bit of dish or laundry soap) or an outdoor-gear-specific cleaner like Nikwax. Afterwards, rinse with warm water. If the stain/order is still present after the first rinse, repeat the hand wash, and gently scrub it with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
Note: Do not use abrasive scrubbers like Brillo or Scotch Brite, as those may damage the fabric. A washcloth or sponge should do the job.
Note: Avoid submerging the bag in water and never put it through the washing machine. The high temperature and agitation can cause damage to the bag’s structure and the weatherproof coating.
2. Let the bag fully dry in a well-ventilated area. Drying time depends on how wet your bag is. Many of our bags contain protective and structural foam, which can absorb water (hence our point about avoiding submersion). If any parts of your bag are soaked through with water, we recommend using an electric fan to speed up the drying process. Avoid storing the bag in damp or non-ventilated environments, as this can result in the formation of mildew.
Cleaning Peak Design Straps
Wipe down your camera strap using a damp washcloth. If water alone doesn't do the job, try using a mild detergent as described in step 1 for washing bags. Take the same precautions as listed above.
Cleaning Capture or Other Hardware
Sometimes dirt and grime can get into your Capture clip or other hardware and prevent it from working. Our hardware is strong, weatherproof, and easy to clean.
For dirt/dust/sand in Capture, try giving the entire unit a good soak in hot water. Then scrub it clean with a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush works well), adding soap if needed. Please DO NOT put the Capture clip through the dishwasher! (we like the creativity, but please just don't). Lastly, you can use a can of compressed air to blow out dust/particulate lodged in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
Got a weird stain on your product? Chances are we've seen something similar. Hit up our Customer Service team and we'll do our best to answer your question.