Care & Cleaning for Samsonite and American Tourister Products

The Samsonite and American Tourister brands enjoy worldwide recognition and are synonymous with quality, style, dependability and innovation in luggage and travel accessories. Ensure the long life of your Samsonite and American Tourister products by following these simple guidelines:

Hardside Care
To clean hardside luggage, we recommend using a gentle soap and warm water, rinsing well. If you would like to wax the case after cleaning, any good silicone-base automobile or furniture polish will preserve the luster and add resistance to the covering. We do NOT recommend, however, that you try to clean the luggage with a combination cleaner-polish.

Softside Care
To clean softside luggage, we recommend spot cleaning with a mild soap (i.e. dish soap) and water. If this is not successful, try a product used for spot removal on clothing such as Spray 'n Wash, or using a foam type cleaner used to clean car mats or automobile carpets (sold at car parts stores). If the luggage has an offensive odor, use a vinegar (1 part) and water (5 parts) mixture. This may take the odor out but it will then need to be aired out for a few days. Also, we recommend placing charcoal in the bag for a day or more (depending on the strength of the odor) and close the bag. The charcoal will absorb the smell.

Storing your Product
Extremes of temperature, as well as the extremes of humidity will tend to age luggage. Any Samsonite or American Tourister luggage which is being stored in an attic or basement should be taken out of storage, opened, and permitted to "air" regularly. This will help to prevent mildew from forming as a result of humidity. It also assists in maintaining the normal resiliency of the case itself. Following storage where extreme temperatures prevail, we recommend cleaning the luggage (see cleaning instructions above).

Care & Cleaning for Hartmann Products

Curv® Material
On the InnovAire Collection and 7R Collection
Wipe down the entire outside surface with cleaning spray and a non-abrasive dry cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel, not just the smudged area. These cleaners should not be used on any fabric lining.
*Note: When using any commercial product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully.

Aviator Leather
On the Aviator Leather Collection
Clean this leather with warm water and a soft cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel evenly, not just the soiled spot. Do not saturate. Allow to dry thoroughly. We do not recommend using saddle soaps, commercial leather cleaners or preservatives. While these products will not harm the leather, they often contain wax or oil, which can darken the leather or cause it to permanently show water spots.

Ballistic Nylon
On The Intensity® Collection
Ballistic nylon is treated to repel water, dirt and stains, which makes cleaning easy. Clean with mild soap and water using a nylon-bristled brush. Do not saturate the fabric. For best results, clean the entire panel, not just the soiled area. Stubborn stains may be treated with Simple Green®, Fantastik®, Woolite® or 409®. Foaming upholstery cleaners made for wool-nylon blend fabrics also works well. After your fabric has been cleaned, spray it with Scotchgard® to restore its water, dirt and stain resistance properties. These cleaners should not be used on leather trim.**Note: When using any commercial cleaning product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully.

Belting Leather – Vegetable Tanned
On the Tweed Belting Collection, Wings Belting Collection, Hudson Belting Collection, Intensity Belting Collection
Belting Leather is a vegetable tanned leather and is tanned using extracts from tree bark and various other plants. Vegetable tanning creates leather that has resilience, firmness, and strength. Care of the leather is required, as vegetable tanning is a natural process and does not have a protective coating. Because of this natural process, a drop of water may mark the leather. With time and care, the leather will develop a beautifully aged appearance, called patina. To clean the leather, use saddle soap, glycerin-based soap, or a simple unscented glycerin soap bar. Ensure cleansers do not contain drying agents like acetone or alcohol. Allow the leather to dry slowly, away from direct sunlight or heat. Conditioners can be used to moisturize the leather, avoiding products that contain wax. If leather protectant is applied, ensure the product is endorsed for vegetable tanned leather. Buffing with a soft, dry cloth will create a lustrous finish.

Belting Leather
On The Belting Leather Collection, The Wings® Collection, The Tweed™ Collection, The J Hartmann Reserve Collection
A high-quality leather product. Any grain, lines, marks or slight differences in color are natural signs impressed on the surface of the hide, and are not detrimental to its quality. To clean, regularly wipe clean with a soft, slightly moist cloth. Only use special leather care products and test them on a less visible part. Never use excessive quantities, and do not rub hard. Remove any moisture immediately with a soft cloth. Always store leather in a cool, dry, well ventilated location and protect from heat and direct sunlight.

Diamond Monogram Jacquard Fabric
On The Wings® Collection
Diamond monogram jacquard and stripe fabric is treated to repel water, dirt and stains, which makes cleaning easy. Clean with mild soap and cold water using a damp cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel evenly, not just the soiled area. Do not saturate the fabric. Allow to dry thoroughly. Spray with Scotchgard® to restore water and stain resistance properties. 
*Note: When using any commercial product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully.

English Bridle Leather
On The Luxe™ Collection
Clean with warm water and a soft cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel evenly, not just the soiled spot. Do not saturate. Allow to dry thoroughly.
We do not recommend using saddle soaps, commercial leather cleaners or preservatives. While these products will not harm the leather, they often contain wax or oil, which can darken the leather or cause it to permanently show water spots.  Scuffs or bruises can be minimized by rubbing the area with a soft, dry cloth. This brings the natural oils to the surface.

Full Grain Leather
On The Capital™ Collection
Clean this leather with warm water and a soft cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel evenly, not just the soiled spot. Do not saturate. Allow to dry thoroughly. We do not recommend using saddle soaps, commercial leather cleaners or preservatives. While these products will not harm the leather, they often contain wax or oil, which can darken the leather or cause it to permanently show water spots.

Italian Embossed Leather
On The Luxe™ Collection
Clean all leather with warm water and a soft cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel evenly, not just the soiled spot. Do not saturate. Allow to dry thoroughly. We do not recommend using saddle soaps, commercial leather cleaners or preservatives. While these products will not harm the leather, they often contain wax or oil, which can darken the leather or cause it to permanently show water spots.

Packcloth
On The Packcloth Collection
The nylon is treated to repel water, dirt and stains, which makes cleaning easy. Clean with mild soap and water using a nylon-bristled brush. Do not saturate the fabric. For best results, clean the entire panel, not just the soiled area.

Tweed™ Fabric
On The Tweed™ Collection
Hartmann’s exclusive tweed fabric is treated to repel water, dirt and stains, which makes cleaning easy. Clean with mild soap and water using a nylon-bristled brush. For best results, clean the entire panel evenly, not just the soiled area. Do not saturate the fabric. Stubborn stains may be treated with Simple Green®, Fantastik®, Woolite®, or 409®. Foaming upholstery cleaners made for wool-nylon blend fabrics also work well. After your piece has been cleaned, spray the fabric with Scotchgard® to restore its water and stain resistance properties. These cleaners should not be used on leather trim.
*Note: When using any commercial cleaning product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully.

Wool Fabric
On The Luxe™ Collection
Hartmann’s exclusive wool fabrics are treated to repel water, dirt and stains, which makes cleaning easy. Spot clean when necessary. Do not saturate the fabric. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Polycarbonate
On the PC4 Collection
Wipe down the entire outside surface with Pledge® Wipes or Pledge® spray and a non-abrasive dry cloth. For best results, clean the entire panel, not just the smudged area. These cleaners should not be used on leather trim®.
*Note: When using any commercial product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Linings

General Care and Cleaning
All cases are lined with fabrics that are treated to repel moisture and resist permanent staining, which makes cleaning easy. Most soil and stains can be removed by using commercially available spot removers such as K- 2R®.
*Note: When using any commercial cleaning product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Hardware
Avoid oiling locks or hinges, since oil may leak in and stain case linings or clothing. If hardware should become scratched, rub lightly with fine steel wool and re-seal with lacquer or clear nail polish.
*Note: When using any commercial product, follow the manufacturer's directions carefully.

Care & Cleaning for High Sierra Products

Hydration Bladder
Recommended methods of cleaning hydration bladders:
- Use a small amount of mild soap with water to fill the inside of the bladder. Rinse clean. If any water remains, squeeze the bite valve to drain any standing water out of the tube.
- Backpacker magazine suggested filling the bladder with water and dropping in an Efferdent tablet. Let sit overnight and rinse.

Ripstop Duralite Polyester; Tarmac Crossweave
Because these fabrics have a special coating and backing, products made with these fabrics should NEVER be put in the washer or dryer. The best way to clean these types of fabric is with a damp cloth. For really tough stains, consult a dry cleaner.

Nylon
Because this fabric has a special coating and backing, products made with nylon should NEVER be put in the washer or dryer. The best way to clean these types of fabric is with a damp cloth.

Cotton Canvas (with no leather)
Machine wash cold. Canvas can bleed, so always wash the bag separately. To dry, pack bag with towels to keep the bag's shape and let air dry.

Leather
Leather can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Some quality leather cleaners can also be used. NEVER put any product with leather in the washer and dryer.

Wheeled
NEVER put wheeled products or products with internal structure in the washer or dryer.

*Please note - High Sierra is not responsible for products damaged while being cleaned.