Webbing is a strong and reliable material, but the longer it is used without proper maintenance, the quicker it begins to deteriorate. Many police officers, pilots, and military personnel rely on webbing working in the most extreme conditions. The most important thing for manufacturers is to pick the right webbing material (nylon webbing or poly webbing) and the length, width, and strength. Once you acquire the right webbing, it is important to take additional steps to maintain the material.
It is recommended that you inspect material annually, and more than that when the material is used in safety restraint applications. Belts built and used for the racing industry lose elasticity and risk tearing because of consistent use. After the damage is done, depending on the poly webbing is exposed to (UV, Heat, Oil). Most professionals recommend replacing materials every 2 to 5 years: or sooner, depending on the application and environment.
Maintaining ropes helps to extend their life and their function. When you can, store webbing in dry and clean environments. Even though poly webbing can be waterproof when not in use, it should be stored properly. You also want to take the time to clean nylon webbing and poly webbing. Use warm water, a microfiber rag, and a mild detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals cleaners because they can damage rope and ruin colors. When a color begins to fade or bleed, nothing can be done to restore the color. You should consult with the manufacture for the best maintenance approaches for the specific ropes that you acquire.