ARMY TM 10-1670-278-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-26-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-27
Cleaning of parachutes should be held to a minimum and should be performed only when
necessary to prevent malfunction or deterioration. When a parachute contains debris, or
when it Is soiled by dirt, oil, grease, rust, corrosion, or other foreign substances to such an
extent that cleaning is necessary, the cleaning should be performed manually and should be
limited to the soiled area only, unless the parachute has been contaminated by water. The
methods of cleaning must be determined by the nature of the substance to be removed.
Do not use cleaning solvent to clean item soiling caused by air sickness. Use a solution of
hand dishwashing compound to clean this type of soiling.
Cleaning Fabric Items with Cleaning Solvent. Use cleaning solvent to clean fabric items as follows: (1) Gently
brush with a soft bristle brush.
Spot clean with cleaning solvent tetracholoroethylene.
(a) Rub the soiled area with a clean cloth dampened with tetrachloroethylene.
(b) Rinse the cleaned area by repeating the rubbing process with the clean portion of the cloth
dampened with the cleaning solvent.
(c) Rub with dry cloth to remove excess solvent and air dry.
Do not wring out the rinsed area if an excessive amount of cleaning solvent was applied.
Cleaning Fabric Items with a Solution of Hand Dishwashing Compound. Use dishwashing compound to clean
fabric items as follows:
Gently brush with a soft bristle brush.
Spot clean with a solution of dishwashing compound.
(a) Dissolve one-half cup of dishwashing compound in one gallon of warm water.
(b) Rub the soiled area with a clean cloth dampened with the solution of dishwashing compound.
(c) Rinse the cleaned area with water and air dry.
Fabric items will not be dried in direct sunlight or by laying an item on the ground.