So, I have been happily biking with my new Synapse 25 in Steel Dyneema/Wasabi for over a month now. It's really hot and humid around here, and so when I bike I sweat - a lot. I was worried about the backpack, but at first it didn't seem to smell or hold the sweat - "A miracle!" I thought. Unfortunately, today I smelled something funny, and now the shoulder straps and the entire back of the backpack smell quite strongly.
I found the cleaning instructions here, but I wanted to ask - does anyone have specific ideas on how to deal with sweat/smell in their bags? The bag doesn't have dirt stains or other issues, it's solely the sweat on the shoulder straps and the back mesh/nylon area.
Also, the instructions don't seem to indicate that rubbing is necessary, only soaking - am I reading that correctly?
Also, do these instructions differ at all for Dyneema/nylon bags?
Finally, does washing affect the water-repellency?