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    Washing a NATO...?

    Since my primary use for NATO straps is during exercise mine get soaked with sweat and eventually get mucho funky. Is there a good way to wash NATO straps without destroying them? Hand wash with Woolite or similar? Toss in the machine with the rest of the laundry? Would they need to be line dried, or could they be tumble dried? Do they shrink if tumble dried? Do the colors bleed if machine washed?

    Do you folks ever wash your NATOs? If so, what's your MO?

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    C'mon guys. Are you really telling me not one of the 73 squintillion watch zanies here has any experience washing a NATO strap? And you expect me to believe this??? <shakes head incredulously, rolls eyes>

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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    in with the laundry: the dryer doesn't seem to affect them, natos and Zulus.

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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    Just rinse them off under a tap then squeeze dry in a towel. If they get funky over time, soak them in some diluted hydrogen peroxide and water. If they get grungy, spray them with a bathroom/soap scum cleaner like Vim or Scrub Free and then scrub them with an old toothbrush, rinse, and squeeze dry in a towel. It's easy to keep them clean.

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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    Stick it in a sock then in with the rest of the washing (UK) laundry (US), then air dry (about ten mins). Works for me.

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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    Okay then, now we're cooking with gas! I knew you guys would come through eventually. ;^)

    The defunking of my NATOs shall commence forthwith!

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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    NATO Straps ( Nylon ones ) really hold bacteria so well don't they?
    So I waged a war against Nylon Webbing Stench.
    Sweat is the main culprit.
    1) Immediately after doffing the watch for the day, remove it from the watch and soak it in VERY HOT soapy wash for about 15 minutes.
    2) Repeat
    3) Rinse in hot water
    4) Pat Dry
    5) Dry rest of the way overnight or using a blow drier.
    If the watch has been festering odor, remove and wash as in 1) and then zap it with Dow scrubbing bubbles or a good spraying of Windex ( Ammonia )
    Rinse thoroughly in hot water and pat dry > blowdry.
    What not to do. Don't use Chlorine as it tends to 'set' the stench even worse and may fade some of the colors.
    Notice how swimming in your pool really stinks up a NATO strap?

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    Pop in a pocket of your trouser / jeans and pop in the washing machine, works perfectly.
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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchObsession View Post
    Pop in a pocket of your trouser / jeans and pop in the washing machine, works perfectly.
    +1 ^^^^
    I air dry.
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    Re: Washing a NATO...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiman View Post
    +1 ^^^^
    I air dry.
    Don't forget to remove the watch LOL !

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