Waxed canvas is an excellent and long-lasting fabric that resists moisture, wear, fading, and scuffing. It’s also quite lightweight for its durability, making it a favorite for rugged outerwear and duffel bags of all shapes and sizes. In fact, it’s so popular that you can find these bags in clothing lines from Duluth Pack and Filson to L.L. Bean and Eddie Bauer, along with many independent brands like Buffalo Jackson, Blue Claw Co, and Frost River.
Waxed canvas’s origin dates back to the mid-19th century when Scottish sailors rubbed fish oil onto their sails to help weatherproof them. These days, waxed canvas is a staple of outdoor gear that can be found in tents, backpacks, and even hats. In our shop, you’ll find an array of men’s and women’s rugged waxed canvas bags from these trusted brands that are designed to withstand the elements while looking good.
How To Care For A Wax Canvas Bag
While waxed canvas is not as strong, durable, or waterproof as Cordura (a synthetic fabric), it is very resistant to wear, stains, and scratches. It’s also easier to work with and ages well, much like full-grain leather. That’s why we see it more and more in fashion accessories, such as handbags, that combine the best of both worlds – tough waxed canvas with sturdy and stylish full-grain leather handles and straps.
It’s important to know how to properly take care of a waxed canvas bag in order to keep it looking its best and lasting longer. First, never put a wet or damp waxed canvas product in the washing machine or send it to the dry cleaners. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush or cloth to gently brush away dirt and dust. For stubborn stains, dilute some castille oil with water and dab or rub the spot to remove it without disrupting the wax layer.
Over time, a waxed canvas bag will develop a beautiful patina that makes it look worn and well-worn. This is part of the charm and what gives it a vintage, rugged, yet classic appeal. It’s not something that should be washed off, however – it’s earned character and shows your bag has been somewhere and used by someone.
To keep your bag looking as fresh as possible, re-wax it periodically using products such as Martexin Wax or other waterproofing waxes. This process is relatively simple and only takes a few minutes, and it should help protect your waxed canvas from the rain and sun. Just remember to be patient – the more you use your bag, the better it will look over time. As with any handbag, it’s important to be mindful of how you carry it and keep it safe from sharp objects that can tear the delicate wax surface. That being said, it’s also a great idea to invest in a good quality protective case for your waxed canvas bag. These sturdy and sleek cases will keep your bag safely tucked away and protected from damage.