How to Clean Life Jackets
You trust your life jacket with your life, so you shouldn't cut corners on care. Sunscreen, food, dirt and mold stains are not only unsightly, but they can also have a deteriorating effect on the fabric and buoyancy material, reducing its efficiency.
Cleaning your life jackets regularly (once a month during boating season) helps keep them in good condition, preventing the buildup of oils from skin, sweat and sunblock.
Avoid leaving your life jackets for long periods in direct sunlight, as this can cause fading and thinning of fabrics, exposing the flotation material underneath.
To clean and deodorize your life jackets, you should use a non-abrasive cleaner that won't damage fabrics. Simple Green Marine All-Purpose Cleaner is biodegradable*, so it's safer for the environment than harsh chemical cleaners. It's also clean-rinsing, so no chemical residue is left on the life jacket which could cause fabric damage or skin irritation.
When a life jacket is stored before being completely dried, you run the risk of mold and mildew development, as well as UV damage. You should replace your life jacket if it is torn or the material has begun to split. If the foam inside the fabric is hard to the touch, it's likely time for a replacement as well.
When not in use, store life jackets in a cool, dry and shaded place.
Directions For Cleaning Life Jackets:
- Wet the surface. Wet the life jacket with clean water.
- Apply cleaner. Spray Simple Green Marine All-Purpose Boat Cleaner on surface, and scrub with a soft-bristle brush.
- Rinse. Damp-wipe or rinse clean. Repeat if needed.
- Dry. Allow them to dry fully before storing.
* Biodegradable formula: This formula decomposes into elements found in nature within six months after disposal into a typical sanitary sewer or septic system.