For most of our VEST and LITE models, the foam protection piece can be removed. There is a slit in the fabric on the lower back of the vest underneath the point where the belt connects to the back protector. Peel the belt off of the back protector and pull the foam out of the slit in the fabric. On the VEST FLEXI the slit in the fabric on the lower back is inside the vest rather than outside.
The black fabric can either be cleaned with a sponge or soft cloth or it can be washed in the washing machine on the gentle cycle with mild detergent. Lay the fabric flat to air dry (do not put it in the dryer).
For back protectors that have the black fabric over the foam without the zip out option (BACK PROTECTOR NOSHOCK LITE, VEST FLEXI MINI, VEST ONE, VEST ONE MINI), take a sponge or soft cloth and gently pat the back protector with warm water and mild soap. Either pat the back protector with a cloth or set it in a spot out of direct sunlight to dry.