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Article: How To Clean A Surfboard Bag

How To Clean A Surfboard Bag

How To Clean A Surfboard Bag

A surfboard bag is an essential investment for any surfer, providing protection for your board during transport and storage. But, just like your board, your bag can also get dirty and require cleaning. Maintaining a clean board bag is not only important for hygiene purposes but also for protecting your board from potential damage caused by dirt, sand, or saltwater residue. Surfboard covers can be made from a variety of materials such as canvas, nylon, or polyester, each requiring its own unique cleaning method. In this blog, we'll show you how to clean your surfboard cover and keep it in pristine condition. 

Gather Your Supplies

Here's a list of tools and supplies you may need to clean your surfboard bag:

  1. Mild soap or detergent
  2. Soft-bristled brush
  3. Bucket of warm water
  4. Hose with sprayer (optional)
  5. Sponge or rag
  6. Baking soda (optional)
  7. Vacuum cleaner (optional)
  8. Mild disinfectant spray (optional)
  9. Washing machine

This list should give you an idea of the tools and supplies you'll need to clean your surfboard case effectively. Depending on the cleaning method you choose, you may not need all of these items. Remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions and use the right tools and supplies to ensure your surfboard bag stays clean and in good condition.

Cleaning Methods

To maintain the longevity of your surfboard covers, it is important to clean them somewhat regularly and keep them out of the sun as much as possible. There are two cleaning methods for canvas surfboard bags: spot cleaning and general cleaning. Let's take a closer look at each of these methods:

1. Spot cleaning

Spot cleaning is used to tackle specific stains on the board bag. Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Identify the type of stain (e.g., wax, sand, saltwater)
  2. Choose an appropriate solution for the stain (e.g., mild soap and water for wax, baking soda paste for stubborn grime)
  3. Apply the solution to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes
  4. Gently scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush
  5. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water
  6. Dry the bag with a clean towel and air-dry

2. General cleaning

General cleaning is a more thorough cleaning method that can be used to clean the entire surfboard carrier. Here are the steps you can follow based on the bag's material:

3. Canvas bag

If the bag is made of cotton canvas, you may be able to throw it right in the washing machine and hang it dry! If you want/ need a more in-depth cleaning, you can pre-treat any stains before cleaning. To pre-treat, apply a small amount of mild soap and water to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, gently scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush.

Next, fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap. Dip the soft-bristled brush into the soapy water and scrub the exterior of the bag. Rinse the bag thoroughly with clean water and dry it with a clean towel.

4. Nylon bag

If the bag is made of nylon, the advantage is that it's easy to clean. To clean a nylon bag, use a damp sponge or rag with soapy water to wipe down the interior and exterior of the bag. Rinse the bag thoroughly with clean water and dry it with a clean towel.

Dry the Bag

Don't use a dryer! After a long day of surfing, your surfboard cover can get dirty and require cleaning. Once you've cleaned it, it's important to ensure it's thoroughly dried to avoid any damage to the material. The best way to dry it is to hang it up in a well-ventilated area and let it air dry completely. Avoid using a dryer, as the heat can be harmful to the bag's material. By following these simple steps, you can extend the life of your surfboard carrier and keep it in great condition for your next surfing adventure.

Treat Any Stains

If your surfboard bag has any stubborn stains that won't come out with soap and water, it's important to take immediate action to remove them. One option is to use a stain remover, but it's essential to choose a product that is safe for the bag's material. Look for a stain remover that is specifically designed for the type of material your bag is made of, whether it's canvas, nylon, or polyester. Before using the stain remover, be sure to read the instructions carefully and test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure that it won't damage the bag. 

A secret tip is to leave your bag in the sun for a few minutes; this will soften whatever is staining the bag and allow you to clean it easily. 

Store Your Bag Properly

If you want your surfboard cover to last for a long time, it's crucial to take proper care of it. One of the most important aspects of maintaining your bag's condition is ensuring that you store it correctly when not in use. Although the bags are meant to be out in the sun and moisture, UV rays and saltwater will eventually degrade even the best bag. So it's best to keep it in a cool, dry place, such as a closet or garage, as often as possible. By taking a few simple steps to store your surfboard bag correctly, you can ensure that it stays in great shape.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your surfboard cover in great shape. After each use, it's important to take some time to properly care for your bag. Start by shaking out any sand or debris that may have accumulated inside, and then wipe the bag down with a clean towel to remove any excess moisture. If the bag gets wet, be sure to allow it to air dry completely before storing it. This will help prevent the growth of mold or mildew, which can cause damage to your bag over time. 


In conclusion, cleaning your board bag is an important part of maintaining your surf equipment. By following the steps outlined in our guide, you can keep your surfboard bag in great shape. Remember to choose the right cleaning supplies, remove any debris, clean the bag thoroughly, rinse it well, and allow it to air dry completely. If you're in the market for a new 7' surfboard bag, consider choosing FARO for a high-quality, sustainable option. FARO bags are easy to clean and help protect from dirt and UV rays. Take action today and show your surfboard bag – and the environment – some love with FARO.