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

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

  1. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    OP is asking about a semi-dry suit, not a standard wetsuit.
     
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  2. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

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    I do use the gentle cycle.
     
  3. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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    I'm starting to think I should put my muddy boots and dirty garden tools in the Front Loader.
     
  4. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

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    I do this with a 3mm suit, but if the OP is concerned, handwash in a laundry tub with a little wetsuit soap... I don't think it's rocket science.
     
  5. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

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    shouldn't make any difference, still made out of neoprene. semi-dry just has better seals to stop more of the water transfer.
     
  6. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

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    If it fits, go for it. Please post a video with sound though.
     
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  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I've been washing my wetsuits in the front loader on gentle and has been working out great.
     
  8. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    Bathtub half full. A little light detergent (I have some sports wash for this type of stuff).
    Massage it by hand. Invert and massage again.
    Rinse a couple of times until water is clean. Less stress on the suit than putting it on.
     
  9. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    did it years ago tore the stitching wouldn't recommend
     
  10. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    A semidry also typically has a drysuit zipper that can be destroyed in the tumbling action of a front load washing machine, especially if it is a metal toothed zip.

    The zip is the most expensive part of the suit to have replaced, often more expensive than a new suit.

    OP, I would recommend hand washing in the bath tub.

    -Z
     

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