Storage and Shelf Life Checks:
Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria
- Inspect the fabric and webbing for any holes, cuts, tears, burns or torn seams that are not economical to repair, if any dispose of.
- Inspect for and replace any fastener missing or that does not provide adequate closure.
- Inspect for excessive dirt or fuel stain that cleaning cannot eliminate, dispose of.
- Any zipper that does not close properly should be replaced if economical, otherwise dispose of.
- Dispose of item if unable to repair.
- Inspect for any writings, drawings, if any dispose of.
A. Cleaning - CLASS 4 CORDURA (MACHINE WASH OK)
- Allow any mud or loose dirt to dry, and remove using a stiff-bristle brush. If stains remain, wash as recommended below.
- Remove light oil and dirt stains by brushing with a solution of warm water and a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry. “Mild detergents” includes most home laundry detergents that contain no chlorine bleach or added scents.
- For heavier oil or grease, soak in water-soluble biodegradable degreaser for at least 30 minutes, brush with a bristle brush, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry.
- If machine washing, use only cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry.
- Where no other method is cleaning the fabric, wash with pressure washer set at wide fan, warm water, and only allow nozzle close enough as necessary for cleaning, the further away the better for the fabric.
DO NOT MACHINE DRY. DO NOT USE BLEACH.
- Repair holes, cuts, or tears.
- Replace nonfunctioning hardware, if economical.
C. Testing for Performance
- Test hardware by fastening and unfastening the item. The hardware should function easily with little force being applied and with no difficulty in the release.
- Open and close zipper to test. The zipper should operate smoothly through its full length.
- Suggested packaging is 20 bags in NFES #002006 carton (23” x 19” x 10”).