Did your pooch jump into the water, mud, dirt, and everything stinky? Time to clean their gear. Simply hand-wash with dish soap and water, with a sponge or rag to work out any nasty dirt out of the hardware or webbing crevasses. Use a soft bristle brush to clean in the nook and cranny. If it still stinks, soak and wash in a bucket filled with white vinegar diluted with water. That should do the trick. Don't forget to dry with a towel, then you are ready for your next adventure!
Please note that insect repellents containing DEET will damage the webbing. Hence, it is recommended to use insect repellents that do not contain this ingredient, so try to find all-natural repellents. Do not use wet wipes due to the possibility of it containing ingredients that may damage the coating of the webbing. If you accidentally used wet wipes, please dry it immediately and do not allow it to air dry. Do not use harsh chemical cleaners or oils on the webbing. Doing so may compromise the integrity of the collar or leash.
If your gear has brass hardware, make sure you clean it good after a beach session to prevent severe tarnishing of the hardware. Quickly dry with a towel and you're good to go!
Please note that brass by nature will tarnish but this is not rust. Hence, brass tarnish may stain light-coloured webbing and white dog fur. Fret not, it can all be washed away and it is non-toxic. To make your brass hardware shiny again, soak in lemon juice. Brass is great because there is no plated coat, so dragging it along the ground will not damage it the gold colour. It is the most durable of the 3.
Black hardware is a layer of black coat that is plated onto brass. If you are particular about aesthetics, this will be perfect for many colour combinations. However, this hardware choice will mean you have to "baby" it as it will scratch if it drags on rough surfaces (like the concrete ground). The black coating may come off and reveal the golden brass underneath.
Silver hardware will stay nice and shiny, as it is nickel plated brass. The nickel is unlike black even though it is plated, it is more durable and not so fragile. The nickel plating will not be as easily scratched off. It is a great choice as an in between of brass and black.