Did you know you could extend the wear of your hard hat? Yes, it is true, a few simple steps to help you get the most amount of wear from your head protection gear. Most likely, you paid for it so why not get your moneys worth.
Clean your hard hat at least once a month to remove grease, oil, chemicals, and sweat that can accumulate. The process of cleaning your hard hat is very simple. Soak it for approximately five minutes in a solution of hot water and mild detergent. Then gently scrub it to remove any remaining residue. After scrubbing the hard hat, rinse with clear water, wipe, and allow to air dry. If applicable, follow manufacture cleaning instructions.
In addition, there are also preventive care measures to extend the wear of your hard hat. One tip is that paints, paint thinners, and select cleaning agents have the potential to eliminate electrical resistance and weaken the shell of your hard hat. Along that line, paint and stickers can hide the signs of deterioration in the shell. Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your hard hat for specifications.
Another way to prolong the wear of your hard hat is to store it in a clean, dry, and cool place. In other words, do not store or transport your hard hat on the rear-window shelves of an automobile or in direct sunlight. The reason is ultraviolet light and extreme heat reduces the strength of hard hats.
All it takes is remembering these simple tips to extend the wear of your hard hat. Do not forget it can save you money and frustration in the end.