How to Keep Synthetic Slings Well-Maintained

If you’re using a synthetic web sling to carry your heavy equipment, you must know how to inspect and clean it properly. There are many ways to inspect and clean your synthetic slings. The Lift-It(r) Sling is one example. The Sling can be equipped with a Loop Inspection System, an RFID chip, or even a tag inspection system. Here are the steps to follow for the most thorough inspection.

Frequent inspection:

While synthetic slings can be lightweight, they are often used for heavy lifting, resulting in frequent inspections. As long as the slings are properly stored and inspected, they are generally safe. Inspections are required according to ASME B30.9, a code that specifies the frequency of inspections. The goal is to ensure that synthetic slings are safe and avoid injuries and accidents.

Regular cleaning:

Clean synthetic slings regularly to extend their useful life. Dirt, oil, and other contaminants can wear down the fibers in synthetic slings. Dirt and stains can also damage the material. To clean them effectively, apply a detergent or soap solution compatible with nylon. If the stain is particularly hard to remove, use a carpet cleaner. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals. Chemicals commonly found in industrial applications, such as bleach and acidic fluids, can cause damage to synthetic slings.


When inspecting synthetic slings, take care to inspect them for signs of wear and tear visually. Damage may occur at any time, so a visual inspection can help reduce the risk of failure and potentially save lives. External wear may be visible and caused by dragging a sling over a rough surface. Surface fibers may open out, resulting in a furry appearance. Other signs of wear may include severed yarns in the weave and damage to the label.

Chemical attack:

It is imperative to properly inspect synthetic slings after each use to avoid the possibility of any chemical attacks. If a sling becomes wet, oxidized, or otherwise damaged, it should be removed from service immediately and inspected by a competent person. If necessary, it should be repaired. Check that end fittings are intact and function properly. Inspect the rope for any signs of chemical damage. Moreover, it should be proof-loaded and inspected periodically.