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Old 01-25-2013, 06:36 PM #1
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Best way to Take care of/store rare flex straps?

Hey guys! So I'm getting into the market of rare flex parts, more specifically straps recently. I may keep one or two!

My question is, what's the best way to store these things or to take care of them essentially?

I was told that throwing them in the washer, then putting them in or under the weight of a book while they were still wet would both keep them clean and keep them straight without curling/stretching. Could this help "restore" beat up straps?

Is this true? Has anyone come across any different or better methods? Appreciate any and all help! Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:46 PM #2
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Do you want to know the truly best way to keep them in good shape?

Vacuum sealing.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:50 PM #3
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Do you want to know the truly best way to keep them in good shape?

Vacuum sealing.

Have you done that? But I was mostly wondering a way to potentially wear a semi-rare racing strap or something and then clean/keep it straight when I finish
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:48 PM #4
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I throw my blue racing in the washer on cold, no detergent. Then let it dry under weight.
If it's being pressed by wood or in a book it can soak and stain the strap. Mine weren't in great condition to start though.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:21 PM #5
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[quote=7NationSoldier;77886055]I throw my blue racing in the washer on cold, no detergent. Then let it dry under weight.
If it's being pressed by wood or in a book it can soak and stain the strap. Mine weren't in great condition to start though.

What did you use to put weight on it then?

And also, which of the following format is better to store a strap in (clips on inside/together or outside/apart)? This is just an example.

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if ya wanna wear it...double strap n leave the collector strap looser so that it doesn't get stretched..use the inside strap to hold yer mask on
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if ya wanna wear it...double strap n leave the collector strap looser so that it doesn't get stretched..use the inside strap to hold yer mask on
That i do, any thoughts as to which method of letting them sit as I pictured above?
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Bottom of your picture is best. Lets you store it straighter. One of my blue's is lopsided because I had clips together and one strap got stretched a bit.

Take two hard cover books and have the strap on the outside. Like a sandwich book/strap/book. Just make sure nothing could possibly stain the strap.
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I stored mine In a large phone book. With books on it. Used for the day. An back in the book. Kept from curling and fraying.
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Great advice guys! I really appreciate it
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That's the second person I've heard say this, but does anyone have any examples?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:28 AM #13
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I think the simplest form of vacuum sealing is placing the strap flatly in a zip-lock bag and sealing all but a part, then suck all the air out with your mouth, and quickly seal the remaining. Sounds kind of silly but I've stored things this way including food.
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