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Waxed Canvas

Waxed Canvas?

We love waxed canvas how it develops lines and character over time. Waxed canvas dates back to the mid-19th century when sailors and explorers used this fabric because it could receive water on the surface but not soak in. We knew we'd like that as well.

Our waxed canvas is durable, water-resistant, and a great companion for the traveler.  It is 100% natural and has been hand waxed with triple filtered Texas beeswax.


With waxed canvas, you can expect it to have some creases and wrinkles.  These can be easily removed with a standard hair dryer; just apply heat from the dryer near the surface of the bag and the creases will dissolve. However, many people love the unique look of waxed canvas in its natural state.

For all our friends in rainy climates, the waxed canvas can also become spotted in the rain. You can use a hair dryer to remove the spotting here as well.

You NEVER want to do this:

  • Never wash your bag in the washing machine.
  • Never use warm or hot water to clean it.
  • Never have it dry cleaned
  • Never use detergent, solvent or starch.

To Clean

  • Shake or brush off dirt. For small spots, use cold water and mild soap, and a sponge or brush.
  • With a little soap, gently massage the spotted surface.
  • Rinse with a sponge and cold water. Let the bag air dry.

Re-waxing Your Bag

Depending on how much hard use your bag gets, at some time you may consider re-waxing it. This can be done professionally or at home.

  • Use Otter Wax or Martexin Wax, or an approved product, made for this purpose only.
  • The bag should be clean and dry.
  • Lay as flat as possible using a table or ironing board. Using a soft cloth to apply the wax, rub down the entire bag as evenly as possible.
  • If the wax isn’t pliable enough, warm it slightly by submerging the container in warm water or wax the bag and then let it sit in the sun to soften the canvas.