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Cleaning a used wetsuit

Discussion in 'Snorkeling / Freediving' started by SnorkelingCowboy, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. SnorkelingCowboy

    SnorkelingCowboy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: NH
    Howdy just picked up a wetsuit at a yard sale. How do I clean it to use and how do I maintain it?
  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    if you have a washing machine without an agitator, run it through the washing machine, obviously don't use bleach. Don't leave it outside, don't leave it in the garage, bring it inside and hang it up on a wetsuit hanger. pretty easy
  3. GrafCanuck

    GrafCanuck Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: London, Ontario
    an excerpt from ScubaDiving Magazine. I use a wetsuit shampoo and follow the directions below.

    Soak It
    As soon as you can, soak your wetsuit in cold or lukewarm fresh water (hot water can cause the suit to lose flexibility) with a mild solution of baking soda or wetsuit shampoo. using a mild detergent will keep the neoprene from taking on an odor. soak for about 30 minutes. Turn the suit inside out and let soak for an additional 30 minutes.

    Scrub It
    During the soak, scrub zippers and velcro patches with a toothbrush. Work the zipper car up and down to dislodge any dirt.

    Rinse It
    After soaking, give the suit a thorough rinse, inside and out.

    Inspect It
    Look for tears or gouges, especially along the seams. If necessary, resew the nylon with heavy polyester thread, or repair the neoprene with wetsuit cement.

    Hang It
    Turn the wetsuit inside out, and hang it on a flat hanger out of direct sunlight. turn it right-side out and repeat.

    Store It
    Store it on the hanger or loosely folded, and keep it where the temperature is consistent.
  4. diversteve

    diversteve Technical Admin

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    I have not personally used this. I gave my buddy the McNett kit once and know he used them.
    McNett Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo

    Surf shops online sell various products.
  5. icechip

    icechip Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
    A good soak and wash in Simple Green helps too.
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  6. remante

    remante Angel Fish

    I use Jaws Slosh Wetsuit Shampoo because it is eco-friendly.
  7. Hogfxstxc

    Hogfxstxc Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Louisville, KY
    In my front load washer using the gentle cycle and woolite. Its been working great all summer.
  8. lermontov

    lermontov Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: christchurch
    as mentioned simple green and if you can get theres a product used for cleaning and sterilising ccr loops in a tablet form (dive gear express) you can use -kills all sorts of nasties and freshens it up
  9. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
    In the bath with woolwash, and hot able to put your hand in without stripping skin, water
    and don't forget to do behind the ears

    or acid

    Steramine or Virkon??????
  10. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia

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