CORONAVIRUS – How to clean and disinfect climbing walls, holds, flooring, ropes & TRUBLUE Auto Belays

 Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit.This page will be updated as new information is learned. For equipment not listed here, such as carabiners and harnesses, check with the manufacturers.

Last updated 4/6/2020

 

Rock Climbing Walls

We know these cleaning practices work for Eldorado Climbing Walls. If you have walls from another builder, double check with them before attempting. We all use similar but different paints, substrates, and sealants. If you have any questions about the materials used in your wall contact us 303-447-0512 sales@eldowalls.com.

 Walls with Epoxy or Arcylic Paint Application (HP, Panelized, DIY Climbing Panels)

  1.  Wash with soap and water to clean.
  2. Disinfect with diluted bleach following these CDC recommended directions. For more details visit the CDC Website. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water or 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit.

Fiberglass Walls (Gecko, Chameleon, SOLIDRock Panels)

  1. Wash with soap and water to clean.
  2. Disinfect with diluted bleach following these CDC recommended directions. For more details visit the CDC Website.   Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water or 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit.

Rock Realistic Products (or REALRock/SHOTRock) and High Performance Walls with Earth- Tone Coloration

  1.  Wash with soap and water to clean.
  2. Twenty-four hours BEFORE disinfecting the entire wall, do a small test patch using the diluted bleach described in step 3.
  3. Disinfect with diluted bleach following these CDC recommended directions. For more details visit the CDC Website. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water or 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit

 

Climbing Holds

  1. Remove the holds from the wall and place them in a large tub.
  2. Wash with soap and water to clean.
  3. Disinfect with diluted bleach following these CDC recommended directions. For more details visit the CDC Website. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water or 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit.

Climbing Gym Flooring

Carpet-bonded Foam

Conduct hot water extraction (steam cleaning) with one to one hundred part solution of bleach to water. Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit.

Vinyl-top

  • Wash with soap and water to clean.
  • Disinfect with diluted bleach following these CDC recommended directions. For more details visit the CDC Website. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water or 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Note-Bleach odor may linger a bit.

Ballistic Nylon (Cordura)

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS For URETHANE COATED WOVEN NYLON
GENERAL GUIDANCE:
Attention must be paid to the properties of any other materials that may be combined with poly urethane coated fabrics (e.g. dimensional stability, colorfastness, washing instructions, etc.). Abrasive cleaning agents should not be used. Phenolic based cleaning agents should not be used.
In addition, because of the variety of laundry equipment, chemicals, and conditions in use, customers should satisfy themselves through pre-testing that any Brookwood Companies, Inc. fabric does perform as expected in any given situation.
Customers with special requirements not covered in these notes should consult Brookwood Companies, Inc. It is essential that articles be thoroughly dried after all cleaning procedures and before storage or reuse.
WASHING AND DISINFECTION:
Routine Care: Surface wipe with neutral detergent and lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry thoroughly.
Washing: Wash at no higher than 120 degrees F. Tumble dry at low heat setting. Do not use bleach.
Disinfection: Surface wipe with a quaternary solution at the recommended dilution ratios. Examples of quaternary solutions that are recommended are Sentinal, Elimstaph, and Hi-Tor. However, as noted in the general guidance section, you should first test the fabric with the solution you are using to be certain that the fabric is performing as required. Under no circumstances should a phenolic based cleaning agent be used.
BROOKWOOD COMPANIES, INC.
485 Madison Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-551-0112
FAX: 212-686-5626

 

Climbing Ropes

They CANNOT be disinfected using diluted bleach. We will share guidelines as we recieve them.

TRUBLUE Auto Belays

The following information is provided by Head Rush Technologies, the maker of TRUBLUE Auto Belays. If you would like more information, please contact them directly at info@headrushtech.com .

“With the increase in COVID-19 across the globe, it’s important to know it affects everybody, every business, and every product in a different way.  Our products are used in high touch environments and we’ve received a handful of questions about how to clean/disinfect our products, specifically devices like TRUBLUE and QuickFlight/QUICKjump.

It is important to note that many cleaners and disinfectants are not suitable to be used with Head Rush products.  If a device needs more than a simple dusting, customers should use a damp cloth with warm water and a mild detergent such as a dish soap to clean the device, carabiner, or webbing.  Allow the unit to air dry after cleaning.

Certain disinfectants such as bleach or Lysol will chemically attack webbing and stitching and must not be used!  Head Rush has researched compatible disinfection agents and recommends a 70% Isopropyl Alcohol spray or wipe.  DO NOT DILUTE.  A 70% Isopropyl Alcohol can be sprayed or wiped on Head Rush carabiners and handgrips.  We recommend spraying or wiping down the carabiner.  For the hand grip, we recommend spraying the 70% Isopropyl Alcohol on a rag and wiping it in a downward motion towards the carabiner.  This will help to keep the handgrip from becoming soaked.  Do not soak the webbing.  Do not spray Alcohol near heat sources or open flames as alcohol is flammable.  Allow the device to air dry after disinfecting.  Use only Isopropyl Alcohol as other types of alcohol will damage the webbing.