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Offline Bob_The_Student

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Military mag pouches (cloth/canvas etc...)
« on: May 09, 2021, 04:15:24 PM »
Didn't know where to put this but I'm wondering if I can gently wash old military mag pouches, bags etc...? I have some that are canvas or like canvas material that are rather dirty. I'm wondering if I can throw on gentle cycle and wash without tearing off shoulder strap or damaging anything else?

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Re: Military mag pouches (cloth/canvas etc...)
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2021, 05:20:09 PM »
Didn't know where to put this but I'm wondering if I can gently wash old military mag pouches, bags etc...? I have some that are canvas or like canvas material that are rather dirty. I'm wondering if I can throw on gentle cycle and wash without tearing off shoulder strap or damaging anything else?

I've only done this for dirty canvas ones that had a musty, mothball or diesel odor. If they have straps, tabs etc. I just hand wash by soaking for a bit in laundry detergent, rinsing and sun-drying. If they have any leather bits, then after they dry, a rub down with mink oil (doesn't penetrate as much), or neats foot oil (penetrates well but darkens). Some people swear by Pecard leather treatment but I've never tried it.

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Re: Military mag pouches (cloth/canvas etc...)
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 09:50:33 PM »
Same as Phosphorus32...but I went the dish soap and brush route. Even the modern stuff (my USGI MOLLE pack) says to use mild soap and a brush. (I think laundering/dry cleaning messes with infrared detection, but I digress)

I got a canvas/cotton Chinese chest rig from Sarco that was old, but apparently unissued. I didn't like the looks of some of the white spots on it, and it smelled kind of musty. I threw it in a bucket of really hot water with a few squirts of dish soap,  then scrubbed the spots with a plastic brush. Only took a few minutes.

Sun-dried on a deck chair, and it was good to go. Some people stuff the pouches with paper to keep them from shrinking, but I didn't, because I thought it would slow the drying, and I had no problems.

What kind of pouches are you trying to clean up?

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Re: Military mag pouches (cloth/canvas etc...)
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2021, 02:08:59 AM »
A tub of hot water, mild soap, a brush and some elbow grease.

I have a friend that deals in vintage AK mag pouches and such and that's his method.
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Re: Military mag pouches (cloth/canvas etc...)
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2021, 05:08:12 PM »
Thanks, Gents! Never even crossed my mind to just scrub. Sometimes the obvious is staring us...