A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Clean A Wetsuit

By Ericka Marsh


Your wetsuit is an important part of your surfing or diving engagements. Ocean water could be icy even though it could be the hot part of the year. As such, a good wetsuit helps to keep you warm as you have fun with your underwater endeavours. To keep odours and bacteria away from your diving wear, rinsing the outer and inner layers with fresh water after each session works well. However, you need to use the recommended routine of how to clean a wetsuit to keep it in its optimum condition.

Our underwater suit is made from a fabric called neoprene. Such a material comes with certain products required to keep it clean and maintain its ideal conditions. We need to use a special shampoo to wash our neoprene suit, which is available in surf and diving shops. Zipper lubricant and wide hangers are other components we shall need to maintain and clean particular suit.

We should start the process using lukewarm water to fill a bathtub. To this, we ought to add the requisite neoprene wetsuit cleaning shampoo. Half an ounce of this kind of shampoo is commonly recommended for each gallon of intrepid water. We must however remember to scrutinize the instructions appearing on the labeling of the shampoo bottle to identify the right mix.

Next, we should give the particular suit a swish around in the bathtub of shampooed water. This will remove sand and debris. We have to ensure that water gets well into the inner sections of our suit. After this comes a thorough rinsing with fresh trepid water. We ought to rinse the inside of this suit as well. The shower jet is the preferable mode of rinsing for the best effectiveness.

We should hang out the suit on the shower rod using a wide hanger once we are done with rinsing. This enables the suit to drip dry. Once water has dripped off, we should hang this suit away from the humidity and wetness in our bathroom completing the process of drying. We must keep the wetsuit away from strong sunlight. The reason is that sun rays cause premature wearing out for our suit.

Finally, we have to squeeze a small amount of zipper lubricant to both sides of the zipper. We have to concentrate on the suits outer teeth. We should then close and reopen the zipper several times ensuring the lubricant reaches every section of the zipper. If we use our suit regularly, the recommendation is that we have to wash it at least twice each month.

Under no circumstance should you wash your wetsuit in a washing machine. Washing machines cause severe damages to wetsuits. You can apply deodorant to disinfect as well as keep at bay bad odours from your suit. Remember never to fold the suit but rather to hang it when you are not using it. Folding leads to creases. Creases lead to cracks and cracks lead to tearing. Always use a beefy hanger rather than thin wire types of hangers. Thin wire types dig into your suit creating cracks.

Cleaning our wetsuits is not complicated, which is a good thing. With the use of these maintenance and cleaning routines, we are assured of long service from our suits.




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