ARMY TM 10-1670-281-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-32-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-32
2-12. Cleaning and Drying (cont).
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 6f 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.
a. Cleaning Fabric Items with Cleaning Solvent. Use cleaning solvent to clean fabric items as follows:
(1) Gently brush with a soft bristle brush.
(2) Spot clean with cleaning solvent tetrachloroethylene.
(a) Rub soiled area with a clean cloth dampened with tetrachloroethylene.
(b) Rinse cleaned area by repeating the rubbing process with clean portion of cloth dampened
with the cleaning solvent.
Do not wring out the rinsed area if an excessive amount of cleaning solvent was
b. Cleanup Fabric Items with a Solution of Hand Dishwashing Compound. Use dishwashing compound
to clean fabric items as follows:
(1) Gently brush with a-soft bristle brush.
(2) Spot clean with a solution of dishwashing compound.
(a) Dissolve 1/2 cup of dishwashing compound in one gallon of warm water.
(b) Rub soiled area with a clean cloth dampened with solution of dishwashing compound.
(c) Rinse cleaned area by repeating rubbing process with a clean portion of cloth dampened with
the dishwashing compound.
Fabric items will not be dried in direct sunlight or by laying an item on the ground.