When you are on holiday, your suitcase becomes your home away from home. You count on it for security and resources when you don’t have access to your home. So, when shampoo explodes in the suitcase or you accidently break a bottle of wine inside it, you can end up with a travel emergency that makes your vacation plans go awry. We’re going to show you how to deal with this kind of problem and other cleaning emergencies when you are travelling.
The Busted Suitcase Contents
Let’s start off with the nightmare scenario of your suitcase’s contents bursting and causing a disaster area inside. Just about any kind of liquid bursting open inside of the suitcase is going to make for a big problem, and while you can do some of the cleaning on your own, you may want to save yourself some stress and seek out a professional company. That’s because you may be able to get your items cleaned off okay with a simple wash, but getting embedded glass, stains and smells out of your suitcase is another matter entirely. If you don’t do a good enough job, you can be left with a lingering smell that affects every trip to the suitcase and that spoils anything you want to store in here.
Depending on what exploded inside, you may be able to clean it yourself, with some disinfecting wipes, a dry cloth and lot of work, but otherwise, we would suggest contacting a professional cleaning service to do the work for you much quicker and more efficiently. It costs more than doing yourself, but the results will be worth it.
If the base of the suitcase has been permanently damaged due to absorbing too much liquid, then it may need to be replaced, which can be done at a luggage repair centre.
Another thing you need to watch to for when travelling is your exposure to foreign germs and diseases. While it is easy enough to clean yourself off and get disinfected when you come into contact with something suspicious or touch someone who is infected with something, it’s harder to do the same with your luggage. If you think your luggage’s has been contaminated, then there is some good news for you. Viruses and bacteria don’t usually last very long on inanimate objects. They have nothing to feed off of and eventually die. However, you may need to use your luggage before that happens. In that case, you can use a disinfecting spray or disinfectant wipes to clean off your bags.
Be sure to be thorough and consider having your luggage steam cleaned, if you think any contamination got inside. That’s probably the most effective way to treat contaminated luggage, and you’ll find a variety of cleaning services that can do that for you within a short distance (or at) most major airports.
Just like keeping your home clean, it’s a good idea to keep clean while traveling via the different ways mentioned in this article.
That should take care of the majority of your cleaning issues while travelling, but if you have any other difficulties, it is often best to consult with the professionals about what to do rather than try to endure the stress of tackling it yourself.