Cleaning and Care


CLEANING AND CARE

To Clean Your Rope Leashes & Collars
We recommend spot cleaning when possible.
To clean the whole leash or collar we recommend hand washing. To do this, soak the item in a warm or cool water bath and use a mild detergent that is gentle on colors and fibers. We have found delicate fabric detergents to work best. Do not use sponges or brushes to scrub as these can damage the cotton fibers. Instead, use your fingers to work out any stubborn dirt. When wash is finished you can wring the excess water out and hang up to air dry. Do not hang in direct sunlight as  UV can fade the colors. For tough stains or smells, soak your item in a distilled white vinegar and water bath for a few minutes before hand washing. This will help eliminate any smells and loosen tough dirt.
Please do not use dish soap unless verified that it is an all-natural bleach-free soap. You may machine wash on the gentle cycle if you have a dedicates garment bag to protect your collar or leash and your washer. Then hang to dry.

To Clean your Summit + Sea Collection Leashes & Collars

After your pooch has had a fun romp through water, dirt, mud and everything smelly, you may need to clean their gear. Simply hand-wash with soap and water. Dish soap works well on this material, it is okay to use a rag or sponge to work any tough dirt out of the hardware or webbing crevasses. It is fine to use a soft bristle brush or toothbrush to clean dirt out of hardware or webbing crevasses. If exposed to a smelly substance, you can soak and wash in a sink filled with white vinegar diluted in water. Dry with a towel and your are good to go on your next adventure. Please note that insect repellents containing DEET will cause staining or pitting on the webbing. We recommend, instead, the use of all-natural insect repellents. Do not use harsh chemical cleaners or oils on the webbing. Some chemicals can damage the webbing and compromise the integrity of the collar or leash. It is also recommended to remove collars when applying topical heartworm preventative serums until application site has dried.

Hardware

Brass Hardware

We love solid brass for it's durability and non-corrosive properties. This is the best and strongest metal for use in salt water. Solid Brass will not rust with water use but we do recommend that you rinse your hardware in freshwater after using it in salt water. Then thoroughly dry with a towel.

Brass naturally patinas(turn darker) overtime when exposed to the elements, as all metals do. To clean brass naturally, simply wipe brass hardware with lemon juice to shine it up, rinse with fresh water then towel dry. Store bought brass cleaners also work well. Collar hardware such as our martingale half-check chains can discolor white fur to a grayish or bluish gray tint, this discoloration washes off with bathing. If you choose a Summit & Sea webbing color that is light in color, brass can leave discolored marks on the material where it rubs; clean with a water/distilled white vinegar mixture to remove these spots.

Nickel Plated Zinc

Nickel Plated Zinc hardware has a shiny silver finish and is very light weight. It is not recommended for consistent use in water, as it can rust. Always dry your hardware after water use. Nickel Plating can chip or wear off over time.

For snaps that get stuck or are hard to open/close overtime, use a hardware oil spray near the spring to loosen up any dirt, sand or dust that may be hindering the smooth motion of the snap.