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    Washing Tom Bihn Synapse 19 - is scrubbing bad?

    Hi there - sorry for the 1000000th question on washing bags on this forum. I tried to get all the info I could from other posts but couldn't see this.

    I have a TB Synapse 19. It's four years old, I washed it about a year and a half ago, by hand wash. I didn't wash it very well, I just soaked it for a bit and saw some dirt came out, and then just dried it on a line. I used a DWR spray but not sure that did anything.

    My question is...

    - How bad is it if I scrub the bag with a brush? I've had the bag for four years so I'd imagine the treatment would have come off by now, correct?
    - Would it have the same effect if I used my own treatment? such as Grangers Repel?

    I just feel it's gathered dirt over time and it needs a scrub.

    Let me know your thoughts!

    Thanks!

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    You've probably read the FAQs on cleaning, but here's a link:

    https://www.tombihn.com/pages/contact-us/#faq25

    The cleaning instructions mention using a washcloth so I wouldn't try a scrub brush. That might damage the water-resistant coating.

    I wash my TB bags using a Mrs. Meyers liquid soap and have had good results with the recommended soaking/spot treating instructions.

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    - How bad is it if I scrub the bag with a brush?
    I only scrub my TB bags when all other cleaning methods fail. I did recently scrub my Swift, trying to remove rotten green pepper juice. I used a stiff brush but didn't bear down hard. It didn't harm the bag, this time. I don't know how many scrubbings a TB bag can take before it'll harm the interior coating.

    Would it have the same effect if I used my own treatment? such as Grangers Repel?
    I haven't had any TB bags long enough for the coating to wear, but I have re-treated other denier nylon and cordura bags. I didn't think the treatment was as good as the original coating.

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