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How to Maintain Tactical Gear & Clothing for Longevity for Military & Airsoft

How to Maintain Tactical Gear & Clothing for Longevity for Military & Airsoft

You can spend thousands on the best tactical
equipment in the world. But the longevity of all your stuff depends on how well you
maintain it. And the fact is, usually people are lazy when it comes to cleaning anything. But, as long as you don’t take care of your
gear it will fail you at some point, no matter how mil-spec it is graded. This means you
eventually have to buy yourself new products and that means it will cost you money. So, as for today we’ll try to help keeping
your bank account green by giving you a guide for how to maintain your gear and
clothing for longevity. Hey what’s up brothers I’m Instinct and
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for all your tactical needs, so keep track on what we’re doing. Now, let’s first jump into why it’s important
to maintain your gear. You probably already heard the saying “take
care of your gear and your gear will take care of you”. But still somehow people rather
just neglect their equipment. In fact, most people just throw their gear
somewhere around until they need it again next time. But having your kit exposed to sand, mud,
rain and dust isn’t that good, because these elements create structural weaknesses which
will become rips over time. Also exposure to salt water is something that
happens and is even worse, because salt water is extremely corrosive. By the way, you might not realize it, but
exposure to salt happens more than you think, because simply your sweat already contains
salt. Above that, sweat will also start to rot at
some point, because of all the organic materials your body loses through sweating. This will
give your kit let’s say a rather unpleasant odor. Now, all these factors are indirect causes
for you to get yourself new products which means it will cost you money. So, doing proper gear
maintenance you will avoid that to a certain extend. Now, we’ve already done two guides in the
past for how to maintain your tactical boots and ballistic eyewear for which we’ve had
the help of experts from those particular industries. If you’re interested in how to maintain
these things properly, you can find the links in the description down below. But that aside, as for today we’ll have
a look at some of the other tactical stuff in your kit, going from your plate carriers, rigs
and vests, to backpacks, to slings up to belts and your clothing. Let’s first dive a bit into regular maintenance. First of all, using these fabric constructed
products always make some threads come loose over time and to solve this you best burn
them. Burning a thread will shorten it and create a molten part to stop further loosening. Besides that, making sure your Velcro pads
are clean is essential as well for their proper functionality, because we all don’t want
to loose our fancy patches of course. Now, if your equipment contains dirt and dried
mud, you can simply us a soft brush to remove it. For removing dirty spots and stains you
can wash those off with a rag soaked with a mixture of water and some technical fiber
soap. If the stain is removed you best remove the excessive
soap with a clean water soaked rag. Now, once your equipment is really dirty or
starts to smell we’ll go over to washing. When it comes to washing your shirts, pants,
jackets, gloves, socks and so on, you want to wash them either on the cold or warm settings
of your washing machine which is usually around thirty degrees Celsius or eighty-six degrees
Fahrenheit. Never wash them hot or the colors and patterns
will fade away. Also, for washing technical fibers it’s
recommended to use only washing products specially made for technical fibers. This to maintain
the functionality and longevity of those products. But whatever product you use, never use any
sort of harsh chemicals, household products or fabric softeners, because you will destroy the fibers which makes your clothing loses its functions. What can also destroy the fibers over time
is using programs with a high cycle rate, so you better avoid those and keep to the
low cycle programs. Now after washing, you best make sure to extra
spin your clothes to get rid of all the excess moisture, because after that you’re
going to let your clothes dry the good old fashion way by hanging it out on a rack. Do this out of the sun, because UV-light makes your colors fade. Furthermore also never use a dryer, because
also that is bad for the fibers and ironing is not recommended either. That aside, if we’re talking about products
that have a waterproof function, you will need to re-apply that waterproof layer, just
like with boots. For this there are two options: You either wash-in the waterproof layer by
the use of your washing machine or you use a spray which you apply after your clothes have dried. The use of a spray takes a few steps you need
to follow which take a bit of time, while the use of a wash-in is simple, but as for
example your jacket is then also waterproofed on the inside which is not that good for the
breathability of it. With the spray you only waterproof the outside
and don’t have that issue. Now, besides these tips, we always suggest
to first look at the ticket inside your clothing so you certainly don’t do anything wrong
with it. So, now that we’ve covered the washing part
of your clothing let’s have a look at the washing process of your plate carrier, chest rig,
belt, sling, backpack and so on. Now, these sort of products may not go in a washing machine, so they need to be cleaned by hand. But before you start to clean, you better
make sure you double check that every piece of equipment is out and that for example your
plates have been removed. Now after that, you’ll make a small bath
mixture with water and technical washing product. Here you first make sure to remove dirt and
stains with a rag, like explained before, so you avoid getting colored spots on your
equipment. After that you can soak your entire carrier,
backpack or whatever in this mixture. When that’s done, you’re going to dip
it with clean water until the soap has been removed. Once that’s done, you just need to hang
the thing and let it dry in a spot outside of the sun. Again so UV-light can’t break down the
color. Now that you know that, let’s talk a bit
about storage. At last the storage of your tactical equipment
is also important and no, that doesn’t mean leaving it in the trunk of your car. So after the usage of your carrier, rig, backpack
or whatever, it’s firstly necessary you let it dry. For this you want to hang it somewhere
in a well ventilated space out of the sun. When it’s dried, you can either hang it
somewhere in a closet until next time or put it somewhere on top of other equipment, but
make sure it cannot fall over when doing so. You also want to minimize the weight on such
equipment, so make sure to remove heavy equipment like a radio and magazines. Also taking out
the plates from your plate carrier is recommended as long as it is practical of course. So guys, that was it regarding this topic,
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Reader Comments

  1. iets minder met je handen zwieren is wel fijner om naar te kijken word er een beetje gek van 😛 voor de rest super videos ga zo door !

  2. another great video, i alway's just thought to put everything in the washing machine if ity is really dirty or starts to smell… this is a area wich most people ignore… but you are right, take care of your gear and it will take care of you 😉 can't wait for your next video, keep up the awesome work guy's 😉

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