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How-To: Vest Care 101 How to clean your vest

#1 User is offline   SWATORNOT 

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 04:30 PM

We haven't seen to many inquiries about cleaning a scenario vest on here lately, but we really only have one thread that goes over the basics of cleaning a vest, specifically a Cops911/SpecOps vest. Now these methods can be used on other vests just the same, however I only have one type of vest to use as the demonstration piece.

Now most of the time scenario players are some of the dirtiest and most rugged players in paintball (with the exception of those downpour/muddy turf speedball tournements). When they come home from a weekend, or even a simple 8-hour scenario day their gear is in dire need of a bath, not only to clean up that paint, but let's admit it, we can stink too :D .

So, what is the best way to clean that vest, and get rid of the smell? Just pick up some gentle dish-washing/handsoap, in whatever scent you desire, and a medium/soft bristled scrub brush and follow along;


(1) Now my vest hasn't seen much, if any "abuse" since its fairly new still. However your vest may look a ton dirtier than mine does currently (Next time I am out I will roll in some dirt more and get it really dirty for you guys ;) )

Look over your vest for spots that may need to be scrubbed a bit and remember those areas, and yes, that is a Butterfly on my bathroom wall lol
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(2) The best thing to do after you have looked over the vest and emptied the pockets is to soake the vest down a bit. This will help loosen up the dried on paint and dirt, making your scrubbing (if needed) that much easier.

Make sure you open up the vest and soak it all completely (I do mine in the shower/tub since I live in an Apartment, a hose would work just the same).
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(3) Now that you have let the vest soak up some water, and you have your "trouble" areas found, it is time to apply that soap. Simple add soap to directly to the dirtier areas and rub it in with your fingers.

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(4) Now on my vest at this time I had a lot of paint around my radio pouch, so in areas such as this where you have a lot of paint/dirt, focus on it with the scrub brush if needed. You will not need to scrub hard at all, the brush is simply there to help get the paint/dirt off the material easier.

If you need to, you can add more soap to the area where you are scrubbing as well. Most of the time the scrubbing gets the paint/dirt off fairly easy.
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(5) After you have cleaned off all of your trouble spots its time to rinse the vest off and then hang it to dry. Now whatever method you use, just try to hang the vest in anyway possible. I simply strap mine to a plastic trash can and set it upright in the tub overnight. Make sure you leave your pockets, and pod flaps open so the water can evaporate quicker. (HINT- For your pockets, stuffing them with Newspaper with help dry them quicker as well).

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Now as I stated above you can use this method on virtually any vest. The key objective with this thread is to help new vest owners maintain a clean vest as best as possible. I will add to this over time as I find more vest care items to put with this...

This post has been edited by MONITOR: 07 August 2006 - 04:34 PM

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 07:05 PM

Thank you Monitor! Excellent job with the post and the directions.

Everyone should know that this method is the best method for cleaning your vest. Throwing it in the washer will dramatically decrease the life span of your vest.
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Posted 07 August 2006 - 07:25 PM

MOATI, on Aug 7 2006, 08:05 PM, said:

Thank you Monitor! Excellent job with the post and the directions.

Everyone should know that this method is the best method for cleaning your vest. Throwing it in the washer will dramatically decrease the life span of your vest.

No problem man, I cannot express how thoroughly pleased I am with this vest!

I haven't been able to use it that much this season (thus why it still looks so good lol), but I knew that this topic had to be added here for people to maintain their vest
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 03:39 PM

LOL! I was about 4 seconds of making a thread asking how do you properly clean a vest!

Thanks MONITOR, awesome post!

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Just for information, I have succesfull cleaned my Scout Vest using MONITORīs cleaning method. I t works great and fine. I would like to add that the dry paint it has, is no problem taking it out. Even just using water you can take it out, dirt and mud are the problem.

Thanks MONITOR!

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 04:49 PM

My only suggestion is making sure your soap wont do anything to the dye...I know its not likely, but its still a safe bet to do a little test patch on a corner or someplace else nobody will see...just to make sure you're not going to mess up your vest.

Of course, this if for dyed vests, not the other kinds

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:02 PM

Personally, I do this with all my non-clothing gear: mask and goggle frame, pod harness, grenade pouch, camelback, squeegie, hose cover, gun strap, and any dirty pods. But, I like to do the same technique with cold water and dark color Cheer. I also let it soak for a bit. I recommend this type of cheer as it is one of the few detergents out there that don't have optical brighteners. I also use this detergent to clean my clothing and pads in the washing machine on delicate cycle- works great.
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Posted 09 August 2006 - 05:50 PM

After a big scenario game I normally just chuck the whole vest in the bathtub with detergent and then do spot cleaning on the worst areas like Monitor said. It gets the job done, and ensures you don't miss a spot due to how it's hanging.

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 04:58 PM

When I get home I always need to clean my vest. This is a good way to clean a vest. However it's not how I do it. I just don't feel like taking all that time.

Steps I take to wash my vest:
1) Take pressure washer
2) Put vest on railing of deck, porch, stairs whatever
3) Pressure wash vest
4) Let dry in the sun
It takes about 5 minutes.

Also something that is important if you have a vest that has velcro like my Flurry is to take off the velcro stuff. That way you can clean the velcro also, making it last longer.

Cleaning your vest is so very important. A vest can be very expensive, especially if it's a custom vest like a Cops911.com vest. But even if you only drop $50 on a vest it is still a good idea to wash it everytime you finish playing. I spent too much money on my vest to have to buy a new one in a year.

Very good post MONITOR.
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 08:59 PM

Wow, I used my new UTG vest for the first time last month and still hadn't gotten around to clean it, becuase I didn't really know how to go about doing it, thanks monitor!
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Posted 27 August 2006 - 05:35 PM

One simple question i have the rap4 vest with pods in the front facing upright how would you reccommend getting them to stay open to dry?
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Posted 27 August 2006 - 06:17 PM

Shadowlord, on Aug 27 2006, 06:35 PM, said:

One simple question i have the rap4 vest with pods in the front facing upright how would you reccommend getting them to stay open to dry?

Take some newspaper and stuff inside there. It's an old trick and it really works to help speed up the drying process.
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Posted 27 August 2006 - 06:41 PM

I have an older broadsword vest. I've found about the ONLY way to clean the tan part of the vest is to use oxyclean. Spray it on, wait about 30 minutes and voila... rinse it off and let it dry.

I tried scrubbyng with soap, brushes, everything. But some paint just WOULD NOT come out.


and when its pink :)

The oxyclean works like a charm.
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Posted 27 August 2006 - 08:55 PM

Lol, I dont even bother cleaning my vest most of the time, but if I do, I'll try your method...
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 07:15 PM

MONITOR, on Aug 27 2006, 06:17 PM, said:

Shadowlord, on Aug 27 2006, 06:35 PM, said:

One simple question i have the rap4 vest with pods in the front facing upright how would you reccommend getting them to stay open to dry?

Take some newspaper and stuff inside there. It's an old trick and it really works to help speed up the drying process.

Thank you moniter.
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