(2) Shaking and brushing. Most airdrop equipment assemblies and associated components should be
cleaned by shaking or gently brushing with a dry soft-bristle brush. A dry stiff-bristle brush may be used on airdrop items
constructed of canvas, metal, or wood.
(3) Spot cleaning. A soiled area on a fabric airdrop item which cannot be cleaned by shaking or brushing will
be spot-cleaned as follows:
Tetrachloroethylene is hazardous. Repeated or prolonged contact with liquid or inhalation of
vapor can cause skin and eye irritation, dermatitis, narcotic effects, and damage to internal
organs. Use this solvent in well ventilated areas only. Avoid breathing vapor and avoid contact
with skin, eyes and clothes. Do not use near open flame or excessive heat.
a Cotton item. Spot-clean a cotton item by rubbing soiled area with a clean cloth dampened with
tetrachloroethylene (Item 18, Appendix D). Once the foreign substance has been removed, rinse the cleaned area by
repeating the rubbing process with clean portion of the cloth which has been dampened with the cleaning solvent. Do not
wring out the rinsed area if an undue amount of cleaning solvent is applied. Allow the applicable item to dry thoroughly.
b Nylon and rayon items. A soiled nylon or rayon item, except a personnel parachute harness soiled
by airsickness, may be spot-cleaned using the procedures in (a) above. However, the tetrachloroethylene may be
substituted by a solution composed of one-half cup of hand dishwashing detergent (liquid or powdered) dissolved in one
gallon of warm water. A soiled area cleaned with the soap and water solution will be rinsed with fresh, clean water and
allowed to dry thoroughly. Do not attempt to wring out the material which has been cleaned and rinsed.
c Metal items. Burrs, rough spots, rust or corrosion on metal items that cannot be eliminated by
brushing or spot cleaning, using procedures in a and b above, may be removed by filing with a metal file or by buffing
and polishing with crocus cloth or steel wool, when applicable, insure that the adjacent fabric materials are not damaged
when filing, buffing or polishing. When the metal item has been properly smoothed, remove