A clean and properly cared for life jacket will save your life in an emergency, so it’s important to ensure that you keep up regular care and maintenance. Here are some tips on how to clean your life jacket and keep it in good condition.


    • Remove the buckles, straps and any other removable components. Wash them in warm, soapy water. Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly.
    • Gently scrub the outer surface of the life jacket with warm, soapy water. Rinse with clean, cool water.
    • Fill a container large enough to submerge the life jacket with warm water. Add a mild non-abrasive detergent and stir. Place the life jacket into the water and agitation with a soft brush. Do not use a hard brush or scrubber, as this can damage the jacket.
    • Rinse the life jacket with clean, cool water to remove all traces of detergent.
    • Remove all moisture from the life jacket. To do this, hang it from a clothesline in a shady area. Do not hang in direct sunlight, as this can cause the material to fade.
    • Reattach all buckles, straps, and components that were removed during cleaning.

Following these steps will help to keep your life jacket safe and well maintained so that it will be there to protect you when you need it.

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