Looking After Your Tool Belt

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Taking regular care and attention of any tool belt will help to get the maximum benefit and longest lifespan from it. Before using your tool belt it is important to check for serious rips, splits or any fraying that may cause the belt to fail. You should also carefully examine buckles and loops for damage.
Work Belt Protection
Try not to wear a tool belt in very damp conditions, unless fully waterproofed and don't certainly never leave it for long periods in the wet or in contact with chemicals and solvents, particularly if leather construction.
Always fully tighten the belt and avoid over-stretching through forcing tools that are too big to fit into the pouches and pockets available. Never put liquids directly into any pouch or pocket.
Even with the toughest leather or synthetic material tool belts, you should always take care when putting back really sharp tools such as wood chisels unless edge protectors have been replaced.
Cleaning a Tool Belt
All work belts will benefit from cleaning. Leather should be treated with a recognised waterproofing dressing or leather conditioner to prevent possible drying out and cracking. Tool belts made from manmade materials should be cleaned with water taking care not to dry with excessive or direct heat, such as leaving on hot appliances or placing in a tumble dryer. Finally, do not store a work belt in direct sunlight for prolonged periods as this could damage the material or damp areas as mildew will form.
DO - Remove dirt or spills from your leather tool belt regularly. The best way to remove dust or dirt is to brush the belt gently with a soft-bristled tooth brush or a shoe brush.
DO - Condition your leather tool belt occasionally with a good quality leather cream to keep it supple.
DO – Store your tool belt in a dry area out of direct sunlight.
DO – Wipe down any spills immediately with an absorbent cloth.
DO – Check regularly for wear and tear or damage.
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