Something that always seems to happen when I travel internationally is the build up security checkpoint stickers. Its fun to see where the suitcase has gone, but I like to keep my suitcase pretty clean.
The best thing I have found to remove stickers from these hard cases is Rubbing alcohol. I put the alcohol in a spray container and then soak the stickers. The next step is to leave the suitcase alone and forget about it for at least 15 minutes.
Fast forward 15 minutes and the sticker should be soaked through. I usually use a scraper to scrape off the sticker to ensure all traces of the “stickiness” is gone. If there is no scraper, you can also use the abrasive side of a kitchen sponge. If you don’t have that, you could always go to a credit card and scrape it as well.
To finish everything off, I take a Clorox cleaning wipe and wipe down the entire hard casing. This ensure that everything is nice and clean before my next big trip. Sometimes if I don’t have wipes, I use a microfiber cloth to clean the suitcase. Works great.
The microfiber cloth is also great to help remove little marks on your suitcase from the bumpers of the luggage carousel. The large thicker scuff marks take a bit of elbow grease to remove. I use some cleaning products like clorox or fantastic spray on these items to remove the marks. The nice thing about Rimowa is that they are hard cases. No worrying about fabric. They are very resilient against busy airports and being tossed around. Most of my family and fellow travelling friends are always surprised about how my suitcases look despite the high volume that I travel. You would think that this suitcase was only a few months old where instead, I have had some of these Rimowa suitcase for over 5 years.
Some other alternatives to alcohol are WD-40 and GooGone. WD-40 tends to be a bit messy. The steps for WD-40 sticker removal are the same as the above Rubbing alcohol sticker removal. WD-40 seems to actually eat away at the sticker. After waiting 15 minutes for the sticker to soak in, the WD-40 will make the sticker have some boiling like bubbling image.
Goo Gone is pretty simple and can be purchased for under $10. Use a cotton swab and dip into GooGone and spread it over the sticker. Then slowly start rubbing away. I think this is a great product if you lots of goo like items. However, if you are only cleaning a sticker or two every few months, there is no need to invest in such a product.
The clean up for googone is the same – microfiber or cleaning wipes.
Some people try to create a special area for security to place stickers. However, I found that its just easier to clean up than try to convince a TSA personnel that you don’t like the sticker to damage the luggage exterior.
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