Keeping in line with our owner-centric blog last week, we thought it would be helpful to continue the trend and send another helpful tip, or tutorial you could say, in your direction. For this go around, we wanted to hone in and focus on the actual care required with regards to certain safety equipment items, namely harnesses and slinglines. Throughout the entirety of your attraction’s lifespan both harnesses and slinglines will see their fair share of use. During that use, however, they are likely to become dirty at some point and demand a proper cleaning. That’s where you come in.
Don’t fret though, the cleaning process is straightforward, easy to follow and requires only a few items to get started. It is important to keep your harnesses and slinglines looking dapper at all times so let’s waste no time and get right into it!
Step 1: Choose your detergent
No matter what item in life is being washed, the right cleaning agent needs to be thoughtfully selected to avoid any resulting destruction. Harnesses and slinglines are no different in this respect and can only be cleaned using detergents that tend to be more mild in composition. Three great options to choose from when selecting your detergent are:
- Dawn dish soap
- Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
All three options are gentle, non-abrasive and will not damage the equipment that they are cleaning. If you decide to move forward with any of those three detergents, you’ll be in great shape.
Step 2: Avoid harmful tools
At this point, you should have your detergent selected and ready to go. One thing to remember before you continue with the cleaning process is what NOT to use. Certain tools or practices should be avoided at all costs to ensure your equipment is taken care of and remains intact. Do your absolute best to refrain from:
- Scrubbing with brushes of any kind
- Using other assorted rough tools
- Machine washing (can damage webbing)
To be safe, please stick to hand washing the items without the use of harsh scrubbing tools. It is also highly recommended that you only use a soft cloth to aid in your cleaning. Trust us, your equipment will thank you!
Step 3: Soak & dry
Finally, it’s time to really clean! To complete this task you will first need to grab a large bucket as that will be the most spacious for washing. Next, it’s time to fill that with water and mix in the detergent. For an adequate amount of water to detergent, we suggest using a 1:1200 ratio or ½ oz. of detergent in 5 gallons of water. Once your cleaning agent has been mixed into the water, it’s time to soak.
Carefully submerge the entire harnesses or webbing of your slingline into the water and with a soft cloth in hand, gently rub against the soiled or dirty parts of the equipment. For an all-over clean once that step is completed, simply let the equipment soak in the solution but do so for no more than 10 minutes. After that short time has passed, rinse thoroughly to remove any clinging detergent and hang equipment out to dry avoiding direct sunlight.
That’s it, you’ve done it! You’ve successfully cleaned your equipment and it wasn’t so hard was it? We didn’t think so. Now you’re experienced and ready to clean other harnesses or slinglines in the future should they become dirty.
For a video demonstration of what is described above, visit the Client Portal and search “Cleaning a Harness” or select the Instructional Videos option from the drop-down menu.