- How to Maintain Ratchet Tie-Down Straps
How to Maintain Ratchet Tie-Down Straps
Like anything else, tie-down straps can wear down over time if not treated correctly. However, with proper care and minimal effort, a well-made tie-down strap should provide you with a lifetime of dependable use. We at DiscountRamps.com suggest the following tips for maintaining the strength and reliability of your tie-down straps.
- Keep your tie-down straps out of the sun during storage. Over time, ultraviolet light can make nylon and polyester fibers brittle, causing them to discolor, break down, and potentially lose strength.
- If a tie-down strap gets wet or damp during use, let it dry thoroughly before you store it to prevent mildew.
- On a ratchet strap, remove the strap from the ratchet hardware between uses. Otherwise the strap can eventually become thickly wrapped around the ratchet spindle – making the release mechanism unusable – or become bunched up within the teeth of the ratchet. In either case, you’d have to cut the strap in order to free it.
- Wrap the cargo tie-down webbing around the ratchet after use, and then hold it together with a rubber band or Velcro strap. It’s also a good idea to keep all of your ratchet straps together in a carrying bag.
- Apply lubricating oil such as dry silicone spray to the moving parts of the ratchet. WD-40 works well, but do not get the lubricant on the webbing, as it will attract dirt and eventually cause the strap to bind.
- Inspect the tie-down straps after each use. Look for frayed fibers where a sharp edge may have come into contact with the strap. To prevent further damage from corners, use rubber corner strap protectors; they are inexpensive, easy to use, and will help maintain the integrity of your tie-down straps.
To learn more about tie-down straps, see our article on the basics of tie-down straps, and if you have any questions, please contact us.
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