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Old 07-07-2012   #1
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washing a PFD

What's the best way to clean a PFD? Have had it for a few years, many multi day trips, Southwestern sand/dirt/water. I was thinking of taking everything out of the pockets and washing it in a washing machine? any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Take it to Idaho. Go paddling.

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Old 07-07-2012   #3
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Astral says DON'T throw it in a washing machine.
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Old 07-07-2012   #4
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Are you looking to get the stink out or to just clean the crap off? Either way never never never throw it in the washing machine. One of my buddies did that with his PFD and the fabric got caught on the outside of the spinney thing (technical term) and tore it to shreds. MiraZyme or Sink the Stink are awesome, enzymatic cleaners that defunk even the funkiest of funkiness. If its just full of dirt then get MiraZyme or Sink the Stink anyway because it probably stinks too

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Just go for a swim in it, who cares if its a little dirty.
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Old 07-07-2012   #6
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Thanks for the info, I think I'll go the stink the sink route because it stinks. I am not too worried about the dirt, the smell is what gets me. Thanks. I'll check our local dive shop for that.
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I had a PFD that smelled of sweat and sun tan oil. The oil attracted dirt and it was nasty so I took it to the car wash and used the high pressure hose with soap and it came out great. Don't know what the manufacture would say but I can't see that it did it any harm.

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