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How to keep Nato straps looking clean?

  1. Thegreatroberto

    Thegreatroberto Feb 11, 2018

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    What do people withr their (more ecpensive) nato straps to keep them looking clean?
    Do you wash them in the washing machine or not bother?
    Conscious thst the fabric ( not exactly a nato) strap on my Tudor black bay is looking grubby.
     
  2. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Feb 11, 2018

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    Warm water mild soap more warm water.
     
  3. 77deluxe

    77deluxe Feb 11, 2018

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    I throw mine in with the laundry. Seems to work fine. I don’t use the dryer. Air dry.
     
  4. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Feb 11, 2018

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    Go for a swim.
     
  5. amanson

    amanson Feb 11, 2018

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    I do the same on a gentle cycle. Definitely don’t put it in the dryer.
     
  6. UncleBuck

    UncleBuck understands the decision making hierarchy Feb 11, 2018

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    The only question for me is if it's recyclable?

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    Please don't be offended.....just a little humo(u)r from a nato hater.
     
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  7. Euxinus

    Euxinus Feb 11, 2018

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    Fill the sink up with some water, chuck it in over night with soap to soak, scrub a little initially when you put it in. Air dry.
     
  8. Thegreatroberto

    Thegreatroberto Feb 13, 2018

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    To be fair, im not a great fan of fabric straps. Tudor insist on putting one in the box of my BBB. But its looking grubby. Experimenting with it inside a small container if washing powder and water in my ultrasonic cleaner. 10 mins and sime real shite has come out. A few more goes and clean rince or two. Air dry and ill report back.
     
  9. Professor

    Professor Feb 14, 2018

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    Soak in common mint rubbing alcohol with lanolin. Its about 40% alcohol the Lanolin ingredient is a natural substance in lambs wool that lets them shed dirt and oil. None of the ingredients will damage fabrics, though the green mint can leave a temporay tint to white cloth.
    Let soak for a few hours if need be then pat dry with a paper towel and hang to dry completely. The mint leaves a pleasant odor.

    If there's ground in dirt work the band between the fingers a bit and soak again.

    Haven't used this process on a NATO strap but it works on similar fabric items.
     
  10. Professor

    Professor Feb 14, 2018

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    And always remember to take it off the watch first.
     
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