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Washing neoprene 5mm semi-dry wetsuit in washing-machine.

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by funscuba, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. funscuba

    funscuba Barracuda

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    Your thoughts, do or don't ?
    If yes what product whould I use ?
     
  2. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    So you tell me how it fits in a washing machine and what it does in there
    Hey go try it out, tonight just grab a pillow and squeeze yourself in there

    woolwash
     
  3. marcin.a

    marcin.a Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canberra, Australia
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    I did it to a wetsuit. 3 times. Worked like a charm twice. After third wash... and a professional and costly repair I never attempted time 4.
     
  4. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hand wash in the shower with mild detergent.

    Washing machine / dryer will destroy your suit after a couple of cycles.
     
  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    I wouldn't put a wetsuit in a washing machine, it will eventually damage the suit. Just rinse and soak in water with suit inside out with an appropriate sanitizer/disinfectant making sure that the water reaches the entire suit.
     
  6. formernuke

    formernuke Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: New England
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    Wetsuit washing machine= large tote with a pair of hands rubbing.
     
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  7. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Glenpool, Oklahoma, United States
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    I wash mine in my front loading washing machine with wetsuit shampoo instead of laundry detergent. I have for years, and have never experienced a problem. If I had a machine with an agitator I wouldn't use it.
     
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  8. Perryed

    Perryed Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Missouri
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    Use the gentle or hand wash setting on a frontloader and you should be fine.
     
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  9. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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    Machine wash seems like overkill and unneeded wear and tear for the seams and seals in your suit.

    A good soak in a tub with some Mirayme (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=mirazyime&i=amazon-devices&ref=nb_sb_noss), Sink the Stink, or similar enzymatic cleaner is all you need. Soak with a little mirayme, hang to dry, no rinse needed.

    I do this with my dry suit as well once in a while when the inside starts to get funky. You most definitely can't machine wash a dry suit...
     
  10. Glenndini

    Glenndini Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
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    I use a front loading washing machine on the gentle/light cycle and suits are fine. Far less wear and tear than actually wearing the suit. Usually include and garments worn under the suit, gloves, socks, hood etc. too.
     
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