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How to clean and refresh a stinky wetsuit

Discussion in 'SCUBAPRO' started by Saloooh91, May 27, 2016.

  1. Saloooh91

    Saloooh91 Registered

    Hey everyone

    So I bought my wetsuit about a week ago and used it for the past 5 days in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt Red Sea.

    The suit did it's excellent job. However soon as I finished the dives and decided to go home. I took the wetsuit out from the bag and hung it in the bathroom and not the sun. I washed it with water and that's it. I didn't put any cleaners or shampoo and it still stinks. So what is the correct way to clean and refresh it ?

    I know I don't need to dry it in the sun.
  2. lv2dive

    lv2dive Formerly known as KatePNAtl

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Lake City, FL
    A cleaner I have used in the past that is strange but has not harmed my wetsuits is fabuloso - the purple kind. Heck of a lot cheaper than any wetsuit-specialty product and I know some commercial op's use it. I'd leave the wetsuit soaking for at least a few hours. I've used a Rubbermaid bin or bathtub to mix the water and Fabuloso and do the soaking.
  3. crabbyfiddler

    crabbyfiddler Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Georgia
    Fabulous works. Simple Green does too. I love both smells.
  4. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Baby shampoo wash. Then Sink the Stink. Still there? Dilute Listerine Cool Mint soak. Especially the booties. I let it sit in thoses quite a while. I have also found a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in each boot to store leaves the whole closet smelling wonderful.
  5. pickens_46929

    pickens_46929 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    And once you get everything above done, put it away in a container with a box of Irish Spring - leave it in the cardboard just remove the cellophane, maybe punch a couple holes. That way it stays fresh smelling until you use it the next time.

    If your booties still reek, Irish Spring box for each of them :)
  6. SOFDiver

    SOFDiver Captain

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Venice, FL
    I run my suits, boots, hoods, gloves and vest through my front load washer on gentle/delicate cycle with half the detergent for a full load, then hang and air dry. No stink and suits last a long time ( my 7mm is 6 years old and is like new).
    KeithG likes this.
  7. TheRealScubaSteve

    TheRealScubaSteve Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Massachusetts
    I dunk it in a clean trash can filled with water and baby shampoo. For more thorough cleanings I run it through the washing machine as above.
  8. Peter69_56

    Peter69_56 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
    The smell is from bacteria. I use a disinfectant called Dettol. Soak the wet suit and booties in a bath of it. I use about 1/2 to one cup Dettol to a half a bathtub of water. Soak for 10 min then hang to dry. Dont rinse. Then turn the wetsuit inside out and dry. Job done.

    For the booties I soak then hang upside down to dry in an airy place. Same thing, all clean and no stink smell.
  9. JahJahwarrior

    JahJahwarrior ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: West Palm Beach, Fl
    I use and like a $10/gallon cleaner called Odoban. It's sold at Home Depot in a few scents, eucalyptus, lavendar, and citrus, and works well to clean up all sorts of messes around the house. It was being used by a dive shop where I worked, and it doesn't seem to damage the gear, been using it for 6 years.

    Works great to get cat pee smell out of stuff as well! Carpets, and drysuits...don't ask

    I go through about 2 gallons a year, a little goes a long way, and I use it for everything around the house.
    pickens_46929 likes this.
  10. Shotmaster

    Shotmaster Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Melbourne, Fl
    I just throw mine in the pool with a weight belt for an hour, then hang it up to dry. 3ppm Chlorine kills the bacteria. No smell ever

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