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I wonder what is a good way to clean stains off my PFD ? In particular, mine is stained where my chin apparently brushes against to top edge. Last time I pulled it out of storage, some mold was actually starting to grow there. It cleaned off easily, but the stain remains. It's pretty yucky. I searched some, and people talk about stink; but odor is NOT the problem with mine.

Also, I'm not sure how careful you need to be with harsh cleaning solutions that might possibly damage the fabric. That would suck. (FWIW, it's a yellow Extrasport HiFloat).

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You need a different PFD, one with black around where your chin will come in contact with it, or one that your chin doesn't come into contact with.

I've got a similar Extrasport hi-float yellow and (now) black PFD out in the shed that sounds exactly like yours. starting with mild soaps, then moving to laundry soap, I tried and never could get that nastiness to go away. I don't even like using it as my spare because it's so nasty looking but can't bear to retire it for good...

If someone's got a solution, I can't wait to hear it as my most recent PFD is starting to get the grunge.

Good luck,

-AH
 

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Skimmed through here Learn at NRS didn't see PFD specific but it may be in there... lots of gear cleaning, storage and care tips. I've found that an email question to most manufactures gets a good response for these types of questions.
I saw some commercials mid Sept. after Parkdale/Gorge on the Ark dunking PFDs and wet suits in a bleach water barrel. I was surprised about the PFD dunk and asked the answer was end of the year storage dunk.

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Hi,

My Hi-Floats have gotten that way over the years. I concluded that it was due to my chin and neck rubbing oily sun lotion on the fabric.

While not completely successful, ample application/reapplication of liquid laundry soap, a medium brush and lots of rinsing seems to get most of it off.

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I use a 2 part to washing mine. 1st vinegar and water with a blue scrub brush and then a pinesol water mix to dip in. Repeat as neccasary
 

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Try a mild ammonia solution. It got some nasty grease related stains from an old coat of mine....


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I gave my Green Jacket a scrub with laundry soap and a little water, rinsed in white vinegar solution and finally fresh water, and hung it to dry after the summer this year. It's faded, but it looks (and smells) almost new. Then for $12 return shipping Astral put new foam in it!

The only problem I have with my "new" 2009 Green Jacket now is the label is getting pretty worn and I have to pass Alvin's inspection at Westwater at least once a year. A good PFD can last a long time if you take good care of it.
 

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I use a side loader washing machine with a small amount of laundry detergent. I let it air dry. Most importantly, make sure all of the buckles are coupled. All have lasted me for the last 10 years and use the float test on the one I use at the beginning of the year.
 

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The only problem I have with my "new" 2009 Green Jacket now is the label is getting pretty worn and I have to pass Alvin's inspection at Westwater at least once a year. A good PFD can last a long time if you take good care of it.
If you're talking about the kinda big, kinda red haired dude...his name is Alan (might a just saved your pfd). It was crazy meeting him on my second Westwater trip, we went to college together in western Maryland. Small world ya know.
 

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There should be some nice recirculating holes that you can jump in and get a good Maytag effect. I think in Colorado and Washington it is even legal to stone wash your stuff or is it wash it stoned? 😄 I'm kidding.


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If you're talking about the kinda big, kinda red haired dude...his name is Alan (might a just saved your pfd). It was crazy meeting him on my second Westwater trip, we went to college together in western Maryland. Small world ya know.
Nope, I'm talking abouto Alvin the Ranger, who is really nice, knowledgeable, and reasonable, I should add. His test of a PFD's "serviceable condition" and type is whether he can read the label. The Green Jacket label rubs every time you put it on and after 500 uses mine is getting pretty worn - and I don't like the new Chinese Green Jack with the zipper pocket.
 
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