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You’ve bought yourself a life jacket or a personal flotation device (PFD). This is awesome! You take care of your safety while on the water, which couldn’t make us more happy!

We would love to give you some insight into how to take care of your life jacket or PFD to make it last longer.

We’ve made a top 5 with the most important tips for you:

1. Rinse

Make sure you rinse off any mud, sand or visible stains after every use. Always use clean water to rinse, mainly when you use it in salt water. After rinsing, you can hang the jacket to dry out of direct sunlight.

2. Wash

We advise you to wash your life jacket or PFD each month when in use, to keep the smell away.

The tools you need to do the washing are a plastic bucket, a water hose, a soft bristle brush and a laundry detergent with enough enzymes to break apart stain molecules.

Cleaning process
- Fill the bucket with cold water;
- Add the laundry detergent to it;
- Scrub the jacket with the brush;
- Rinse using a hose;
- Dry.


3. Dry

When your life jacket or PFD is wet, make sure you hang it to dry. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight. This can cause deterioration and fading of fabrics.
Do not try to speed the process by putting it in the dry cleaner or exposing it to direct heat. This will damage the product.

4. Quality control

Check your life jacket or PFD regularly for rips, tears or holes. For your safety, you must have a properly functioning life jacket. If you take good care of it, it should last many years. However, there will come a time when it’s time to replace it. That’s why it’s crucial to test the buoyancy of the life jacket in for example, a pool before every season.

Safety first!

5. Storage

Life Jackets should be stored in a dry, dark and cool place. Never store a heavily soiled life jacket. Stains become food for mold and mildew growth which weakens fabrics and destroys the device's effectiveness.

Hope these five tips are helpful for you, and we love seeing you on the water with your life jacket. You can tag us with @jobesports_anz and use the #jobemoments.

Enjoy your time on the water!

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