by , on October 18, 2018
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I have two questions about how to clean insulated tools.

When we need to clean our insulated tools, what kind of cleaner or brand is acceptable?

There’s this thing called Plasti Dip to put a rubber coating on your tools. Is that safe enough to use rather than purchasing insulated tools?

Answer: To clean insulated tools, using a soft dry cloth is best.

As long as you avoid using any detergents (soaps), you should be fine. Cleaning agents are also fine on metallic parts. Don’t use cleaning agents on the insulated part of the tool, as the agent may be abrasive to the insulation.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning insulated tools.

Plasti Dip is not a substitute for insulated tools that must meet ASTM F1505.

Plasti Dip does not claim to meet ASTM F1505.  In the past, some shrink-wrapped products did claim to meet the standard. But products have to be tested by the test method recommended by the manufacturer claiming compliance. The standard does not recognize customer coatings because of the potential of error in the coating process.  Each tool type lot must be tested to pass and be certified by the manufacturer.  End users can’t do this.

Insulated tools need to meet the IEC 60900 or ASTM F1505 standards.  Just look for the proper marking on the tool to ensure which standard the tool meets.


Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

2 Comments on "What Can I Use to Clean Insulated Tools?"

JOHN HODSON - 9 November 2018 Reply

You should look at Polywater USA https://www.polywater.com/product-category/polywater-cleaners-selection/

    Hugh Hoagland
    Hugh Hoagland - 12 November 2018 Reply

    Thanks for the resource John. We have shared it here!

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