Cleaning of Web Personal Fall Protection Products
- Laundering Procedure
Various procedures can be effective in cleaning web products. High pressure power type washers and steam cleaners should be avoided when cleaning web products, because of potential harm to the web fibres. Two acceptable procedures are detailed below.
- Hand Scrubbing. This procedure is effective for low volumes of equipment and can be performed internally at an economical price. The product can be soaked in a water/cleaner solution before hand scrubbing. The scrubbing action will help break down dirt, grease or other material on the webbing. Once cleaned, the product should be rinsed in clean water and hung up to air dry in a well ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. Never exceed 70°C when drying.
- Machine Wash. A top or side loading agitating style washing machine (commercial or consumer type) is acceptable for cleaning web products. The product should be placed in a mesh bag to prevent entanglement. A full wash and rinse cycle should be performed. Once cleaned, the product should be hung up to air dry in a well ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. Never exceed 70°C when drying.
- Cleaning Agents
A variety of cleaning agents are available. A mild detergent (bleach free) such as one used for laundering clothing is acceptable. For added cleaning power, a commercial/industrial strength cleaning agent can be used. Recommendations can be provided. The cleaning agent supplier should be asked to supply appropriate information on the amount of cleaning agent to use, as well as disposal instructions based on your procedure and the degree of cleaning required. Also, if a consumer type washing machine is to be used, consult the cleaning agent supplier for compatibility. A number of cleaning agents are available on the market that will produce acceptable results.
- Cleaning Agent Specifications
In general, the pH level (acidity or alkalinity) of the cleaning solution should be no higher than 11 or 12. A pH level higher than 12 may harm the webbing and affect the performance of the product. The water temperature, when laundering, should not exceed 55°C. Generally a wash temperature between 40°C and 55°C is recommended for safe, effective cleaning.