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How to Store Ratchet Straps: The Complete Guide

How to Store Ratchet Straps: The Complete Guide

If you’ve just bought new ratchet-straps (or are about to), understanding how to store them is important. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this guide, we’re going to take a look at the importance of storing your straps correctly (and the consequences of failing to do so), as well as offering useful tips to help you maintain them when they’re not in use. Without further ado, let’s begin.

The importance of correct storage

Storing your ratchet straps improperly can drastically shorten their lifespan. Doesn't matter if it is a heavy-duty, light-duty or endless one. Depending on how regularly you use your straps, they could last for two, three or even four years if they’re maintained properly. This lifespan is dramatically reduced when they’re not stored correctly, however. Do you really want to be buying new straps every three or four months?

In short, correct storage can save you money. It’ll help you stay safe, too. If your straps are stored properly, they’re much less likely to develop faults or wear out when they’re not being used. So, if you inspect your straps thoroughly after you use them and store them correctly, you should find them in exactly the same condition as you left them. This reduces the risk of a strap failing, which could cause injury and damage to goods and equipment.

How to store straps correctly

With all of the above in mind, how do you store straps safely? Here are a few top tips…

  • Remove the webbing from the ratchet handle. Taking the strap apart can help them last longer while they’re not in use, as there will be no tension on the webbing when it’s removed from the handle. This limits how much the webbing stretches over time, boosting the material’s lifespan.
  • Been out in the rain? Make sure your straps are dry before you put them away. Not only can the webbing develop mould and mildew when it’s stored wet, the ratchet handle can corrode.
  • Keep away from heat and UV rays. Make sure you choose a cool, dry location to store your ratchet straps, as the sun’s rays can break down the webbing material over time.
  • Even if you’re not using your ratchet straps regularly, you should inspect them often to check for signs of moisture and to ensure there are no obvious signs of wear and tear. It’s a good idea to lubricate the ratchet mechanism while you’re at it, too.

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