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A Harness is considered to be the lifeline for safety in any adventure activity as it is that protective gear that safeguards a person from a fall when combined with other fall protection gears. It is frequently used in the activities like Climbing, Rappelling, Zipline, Bungee Jumping etc and is known by many different names such as safety harness, climbing harness, safety harness belt and many more. Being so critical to safety, it becomes really important to properly maintain a harness so that it could be used from time to time without any safety hazards.
Regular cleaning of harness preserves the legibility of identification, traceability, and standards markings and also it becomes easier to inspect the stitching and condition of the straps on a clean textile product. So one needs to know the storage, cleaning/washing and post use measures to be followed so that safety is not compromised.

Storage
• Harness should be stored in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight (UV).
• It’s better to reserve a specific place for your harness & other equipment. Also any contact with harsh or corrosive substances (e.g. acids) can harm your gear. So if you have a doubt, retire your harness.
• Also never store your gear in a damp place where mold can develop (damp closets, bags and waterproof containers with moisture inside).

Washing
• Harnesses should be washed in lukewarm soapy water ( 30 °C maximum), then rinsed thoroughly with fresh tap water.
• Use a small brush to remove stubborn spots (oily dirt or mud).
• You can wash your harness in a washing machine. Choose the 30 °C delicate synthetic setting, without spin cycle. Wash the harness inside a thick cloth bag to avoid damaging the machine drum with metal parts of harnesses.
• Use only household face and body soap. All other cleaning products, for example solvents, stain removers, degreasers, etc. are too strong and are incompatible with nylon and can damage the harness.
• Once washed, hang harness on a line to dry.
• Never use a high pressure water sprayer for washing.

Post Use Measures
• Remove your gear from packs after each activity, even if cleaning isn't necessary.
• Let all your gear air-dry away from UV sources (ultraviolet rays) & avoid proximity to heat sources such as direct sunlight, wood fires, or a radiator.