Your life may depend on your tactical plate carrier, which means you have to give it the TLC it deserves.
Never use bleach, harsh chemicals or household cleaning products on your plate carrier. These substances could damage the fibers and render your plate carrier vest unusable.
Never use a washing machine or dryer to clean your plate carrier, and avoid using fabric softener.
If you need to clean your tactical plate carrier, start by removing the plates and all your accessories. Then, follow these steps:
When you’re not wearing your plate carrier, you have to put it somewhere – but that “somewhere” isn’t the trunk of your car, an old foot locker in the garage or beneath a heap of sweaty uniforms or clothes.
If you use ceramic or SAPI plates for personal protection, take them out of your vest when it’s practical. Always keep your plate carrier on top of other gear, where you can see it. Make sure it doesn't hold weight or fall while not in use.
You can also hang your plate carrier in a closet or on a hook between uses. If you’re storing it for a long period of time, cover it with plastic to prevent dust build-up. Dust can compromise the fabric and performance of a plate carrier, in addition to impacting the way it looks.
Taking good care of your plate carrier, regardless of what you use it for, is incredibly important. With the right treatment, yours can last for years.