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Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Cleaning Hybrid Cuben? on 10/21/2013 23:11:32 MDT Print View

Now that the hybrid cuben/polyester material has been out and in use for a few years, I am curious what you all have found that works well for cleaning it. I have tried the warm water and gentle soap method, and it removes some dirt, but I am curious if there is anything that works well with some of the tougher stains.

FWIW, I have a couple of white HMG packs that could use a cleaning, but I also have some MYOG plans with the material, and I'd like to know how it might work with other colors.

Thanks for the help.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
For the white on 10/22/2013 11:11:57 MDT Print View

Can't help u on the colors, but for the plain white hybrid, Oxyclean has been terrific.

Ryan

Edited by ViolentGreen on 10/22/2013 11:12:31 MDT.

Derrick White
(miku) - MLife

Locale: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Can't Cuben Endure It/ on 10/23/2013 11:12:11 MDT Print View

Hey Ryan,

Just back from a long trip and my HMG white Expedition is very dirty. Was going to give it a bath simply because I want to seal some seams. Sounds like Oxyclean gets good results but is it safe to use on cuben? I know it contains lots of hydrogen peroxide. Have you used it many time?

Thanks

Derrick

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Can't Cuben Endure It/ on 10/23/2013 11:19:20 MDT Print View

Derrick,

I have used it 2-3x, but I have never submerged the whole pack in an Oxyclean bath. Only hand washed/scrubbed the polyester side. Maybe try it on some scrap cuben first?

Ryan

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Can't Cuben Endure It/ on 10/23/2013 11:24:04 MDT Print View

Maybe just the gentlest soap possible, like Woolite or Atsko Sports Wash.

You don't need to remove stains and make it super white.

I'm skeptical of anything sold in infomercial

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
white on 10/23/2013 11:48:37 MDT Print View

I'm skeptical of anything white used in the backcountry :)

Edited by M.L on 10/23/2013 11:49:10 MDT.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: white on 10/23/2013 16:23:06 MDT Print View

"I'm skeptical of anything white used in the backcountry :)"

Exactly! I bought a Zpacks Zero in black cuben hybrid earlier this year. Hides all the sweat stains like a champ.

Ryan

Edited by ViolentGreen on 10/23/2013 16:23:40 MDT.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
white on 10/23/2013 16:56:02 MDT Print View

I went with a black zero too...

Edited by M.L on 10/23/2013 17:00:29 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: white on 10/23/2013 19:36:24 MDT Print View

black is better to absorb sunlight to dry out in wetter, colder weather

white is better in hot weather to reflect sunlight and stay cooler - if you're in the sunlight

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Cleaning Hybrid Cuben? on 10/23/2013 20:47:48 MDT Print View

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Edited by FamilyGuy on 10/30/2013 12:35:03 MDT.

Derrick White
(miku) - MLife

Locale: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Bath on 10/24/2013 11:10:50 MDT Print View

I gave the bag a bath with gentle soap last night and none of the stains came out but I was amazed at how much dirt come off of it just with gentle hand washing. I've used Oxyclean on localized areas of my white dress shirts before and it definitely shortens the fabric life. Think I will keep it away form my cuben and carry on with my half-stained once-white pack.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Bath on 10/24/2013 11:19:23 MDT Print View

nm

Edited by FamilyGuy on 10/30/2013 12:34:30 MDT.

Bily Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Bath on 10/24/2013 11:21:59 MDT Print View

Keep the stains... they look more manly! :)

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