Care & Maintenance

Keep your BearVault® clean

  • Wash off dirt and grime, especially on the threads.
  • Do not allow salt to accumulate on the threads. Use a dry bag over your BearVault in saltwater conditions.
  • Use mild soap and warm water.
  • Use a clean toothbrush (or similar) to clean the threads of both the canister and the lid.
  • You can put a BearVault® canister in a dishwasher, using mild detergent. The lid should be hand-cleaned.

Keep your BearVault® strong

  • Keep DEET and other harsh chemicals far away from your BearVault®. Double-bag these in ziplocks, and be very careful not to leave residue on the outside or opening of the bags.
  • Some fishing lure liquids can cause chemical damage to the plastic.
  • Chemical damage can result in spontaneous stress-cracking of the canister, rendering it weak and unusable for food protection. If chemically damaged, the canister should be discarded (it cannot even be recycled with chemical damage!).
  • Milky blotches or lines on the canister, sometimes accompanied by spontaneous cracking, indicate chemical damage.
  • UV light also damages plastics over time. Store your BearVault® in a cool dry place, out of the sun when not in use. Try to keep your BearVault® in the shade and do not store it long-term in the sun. Signs of UV damage include a yellow tone to the blue canister. UV damaged canisters are not usable.

Lid Care

  • Close the lid properly: swivel both nubs past the stopper, but do not over-tighten it.
  • Lid action can be improved by applying a little food-grade silicon lubricant on the threads once a year.