P.P.E. Division

At $1.50 Cleaners, we’ve always firmly committed to our community and the public servants who protect it. With this in mind, we are proud to announce that we now offer advanced cleaning and inspection as well as advanced repairs of bunker gear for our region’s firefighters. We have been trained and accredited through Intertek and have our ETL certification. Our new P.P.E. division at $1.50 Cleaners will perform Advanced Inspections, Advanced Cleaning, and Decontamination, as well as Basic and Advanced Repairs on all manufacturers’ turnouts per N.F.P.A. 1851 {2014 Edition). We also provide 1851 compliant FREE record keeping on all ensemble and ensemble elements to provide future fire department needs more efficiently. Co-owners Felipe and Samuel Avila have monitored and completed all specifications and requirements of Intertek third-party verifications.


  • Advanced Cleaning
  • Advanced Inspection
  • Advanced Repairs
  • Moisture Barrier Repair
  • Hydro-static Testing
  • S.O.P. For Your Organization
  • Evaluation Fit Of Gear
  • Routing Cleaning And Inspection Training
  • Internal And Third Party Audit Support
  • Labeling Of Bunker Gear
  • Local Service For Faster Turn-Around


  1. Clean bunker gear is safe bunker gear.
  2. Hazardous contaminants and biological hazards from incidents and accidents are harmful to the health of firefighters.
  3. Failure to keep protective ensemble clean will increase the risk of death, burns, combustion and diseases.
  4. Dirty gear is more likely to conduct heat and can potentially become flammable.
  5. Reflective trim on gear may not be as visible when dirty.
  6. Clean gear lasts longer. Contaminants not removed from a protective ensemble may be hazardous and shorten the life of your gear.
  7. The N.F.P.A. 1851 recommends annual Advanced Cleaning and Advanced Inspection of all issued bunker gear.


Medical studies indicate that firefighters have a much higher risk of contracting cancer than the general population. In their profession, firefighters are constantly exposed to many harsh chemicals, carcinogens and toxins. These contaminants penetrate the protective clothing and are eventually absorbed by the skin. The most permeable piece of protective equipment is the hood. Hoods are designed to protect the head and neck from heat but aren’t designed to stop skin absorption through the forehead, angle of the jaw, the neck and throat. Long term exposure to such contaminants poses a greater risk to their health. If turnout gear isn’t properly maintained, exposure is much greater and more constant as toxins become absorbed in the body. A comprehensive cleaning, decontamination and inspection program for turnout gear on a regular basis can minimize these health risks.


  1. We have over fifteen years of experience in the proper processing of specialized garments, cleaning, processing and alterations.
  2. We are a Third Party Verified l.S.P. (Independent Service Provider) by lntertek. We fully comply with the current N.F.P.A. 1851 Standard, ensuring that all gear will be properly cared for.
  3. Local ownership and operation equals a faster turnaround time.
  4. We are factory-trained repair specialists.
  5. We have the trucks dedicated to transport bunker gear. Special pick-up services are available.
  6. We only work with factory authorized replacement parts and materials, i.e. fabric, hardware, thread, trim, etc.


At $1.50 Cleaners, we’re proud to serve the firefighters in our communities. We understand, too, that the day-to-day operation of keeping compliant with N.F.P.A. standards can be overwhelming . Weather in the Rio Grande Valley can be unpredictable, especially during hurricane season. During these times, sending your bunker gear out of the Valley can be inconvenient and time consuming. Now you can be confident that your gear will stay here in the Valley and is only a phone call away. We know, too, that audits can be overwhelming and rather intimidating so we offer free audit support of any gear we process so you know you’re covered. No other l.S.P. offers these services and conveniences. We’re here for you and your department.