2. Spot clean with a solution of dishwashing compound.
Dissolve ½-cup of dishwashing compound in one gallon of warm water.
Rub soiled area with a clean cloth dampened with solution of dishwashing compound.
Rinse cleaned area by repeating process with a clean portion of cloth dampened with water.
Fabric items will not be dried in direct sunlight or by laying an item
on the ground.
RINSING PARACHUTE ASSEMBLIES IMMERSED IN SALT-WATER
If the parachute, or any of its components, has been immersed in salt-water for a period in excess of
24-hours it will be condemned. Additionally, if the parachute, or any of its nylon components, has been
immersed in salt-water for a period of less than 24-hours, but cannot be rinsed within 48-hours after
recovery, it will also be condemned, unless the following actions are performed. Upon removal from the
salt-water, the parachute is placed in a single heavy duty plastic trash bag, the top of the bag secured
closed and kept in a wet state until a rinse can be performed following normal rinse procedures. The bag
must be doubled when outside temperatures exceed 85 degrees F. The bags must be inspected after
transport and storage to insure the bag did not get torn and the assembly was allowed to dry. Parachutes
recovered using this method must be rinsed NLT than 7-days after the salt-water immersion or be
condemned. However, if the cited time limitations can be met, then immediately upon recovery, suspend
or elevate the parachute assembly in a shaded area and allow it to drain for at least 5-minutes. Do not
attempt to wring the fabric or the suspension lines. Within 48-hours after recovery, under the supervision
of a qualified parachute rigger (MOS 92R), rinse the recovered parachute assembly as follows:
1. Place the parachute assembly in a large watertight container filled with a suitable amount of fresh,
clean water to cover the assembly.
If the salt-water-soaked parachute assembly is too large to be
placed into a rinsing container, then the rinsing process will be
affected by applying fresh, clean water to the assembly using a
2. Agitate the container contents by hand for 5-minutes.
3. Remove the parachute assembly from the container and suspend or elevate it in a shaded area,
allowing a 5-minute drainage period. Do not attempt to wring the fabric of the suspension lines.
4. Repeat the procedures in steps a. through c., above, twice, using fresh, clean water for each rinse.
5. After the first rinse, allow the parachute assembly to drain thoroughly. Upon completion of draining,
dry the assembly in accordance with procedures in paragraph, Drying Fabric Item, detailed below.
6. When dried, perform a technical/rigger-type inspection of the parachute assembly. Corroded metal
components, or corrosion-stained fabrics or suspension lines will be either repaired or replaced as
prescribed by the Maintenance Allocation Chart (MAC) in WP 0044 00.