Body Armour Cleaning

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Body Armour Cleaning

Postby mack_silent » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:24 pm

For external SBA with molle carrier: How often should this carrier / panels be cleaned? Washing machine okay for carrier?
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Postby mack_silent » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:56 pm

Cheers. Thanks!
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Postby IndictableChaser » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:13 am

mack_silent wrote:For external SBA with molle carrier: How often should this carrier / panels be cleaned? Washing machine okay for carrier?



I wash the carrier in cold water once a set (4 days)

Hang dry

Panels I use anti bacterial wipes (take your pick)

Then when I assemble I place a bounce sheet behind each panel to help with the smell throughout the week

What gear do you carry on your molle vest?
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby devilwoman » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:09 pm

Just make sure to flip it inside out so that any reflective paneld face each other. This will prevent the lettering from being scraped off.

I'd also recommend removing the gear on the vest. I know some people wash it with the pouches on, but that will contribute to the scratching off/damage to the lettering.

I always hang mine to dry and use dark fabric wash as it's gentler on the material and prevents fading.
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby mack_silent » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:32 am

Great, thanks for the tips!

I've seen a few coworker with the faded or missing reflective letters haha.
Yeah I'll likely take the pouches off as they'd be loud / may get damaged in my washer / dryer, and I'll zip the pockets and turn inside out too.
I like the idea of the anti-bacterial wipes and dryer sheet for smell management too.

IC, I have radio pouch / chest storage / small drop pouch.
Most gear is on belt, but I hear it's better to mount it on vest for less torsion on back.

I also occasionally will toss in cloth covered gel cold packs on days over 25 deg.
Not sure if most manufacturers still include these packs. They are great for lowering core temp during long hot days.
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby IndictableChaser » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:15 am

VanSmack wrote:The more stuff you mount on your vest the harder it is to get your hba to fit close to your body, and when you are wearing the plates you won't have access to those pouches.

What about us weirdos that wear internals? ;)
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby Rob » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:12 pm

IndictableChaser wrote:
VanSmack wrote:The more stuff you mount on your vest the harder it is to get your hba to fit close to your body, and when you are wearing the plates you won't have access to those pouches.

What about us weirdos that wear internals? ;)

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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby Tommy » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:54 am

Rob wrote:Image



This works wonders on my SBA ext carrier and my 221b vest liner thingy as well....

It's bloody magic I say......
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby MC07 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:41 am

I haven't tried it, but I've heard of putting a cloth like shamwow inside the vest carrier to absorb sweat can help.

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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby Rob » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:27 pm

Tommy wrote:
Rob wrote:Image



This works wonders on my SBA ext carrier and my 221b vest liner thingy as well....

It's bloody magic I say......


Always had it in the locker and gave my SBA (internal) and couple spritz's at the end of the shift. I mean you still need to take the covers off and wash them now and again but this is a great option for the time in between washings.
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby Boxer Dogs » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:17 pm

Rob wrote:
Tommy wrote:
Rob wrote:Image



This works wonders on my SBA ext carrier and my 221b vest liner thingy as well....

It's bloody magic I say......


Always had it in the locker and gave my SBA (internal) and couple spritz's at the end of the shift. I mean you still need to take the covers off and wash them now and again but this is a great option for the time in between washings.


Being on bike squad for the summer, my internal carrier gets washed every days off. With our normal uniform we have the option of internal/external, but on bikes we have to wear internal, as our bike shirts are high-viz.
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Re: Body Armour Cleaning

Postby devilwoman » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:11 pm

Sports gear spray works great on reducing the funk on the panels. Unlike Febreeze, it also kills the bacteria that can lead to mold (I've seen people's panels with mold on them), and reduces the chance for funky odours because of this.

To clean/wipe down the panels, fill a bowl with warm water and some of the dark fabric wash (or delicates liquid detergent) and wipe them down. I was a bike officer for years and never had the issue of a nasty smelling vest.

Also, if you've gotten reallllllly sweaty, hang the vest outside your locker, flip it so outer panels face each other and open up the carrier to allow air into it. Dries faster, doesn't stink up your locker and you'll find it'll take longer for the odours to start.
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