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

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

  1. FreeFlyFreak

    FreeFlyFreak Solo Diver

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  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    He's using a top loader.

    The front loaders are not anywhere near as bad for our suits. Put it on handwashing or silk.
     
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  3. FreeFlyFreak

    FreeFlyFreak Solo Diver

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    I agree, no way I would use a top loader. If I didnt own a front loader and HAD to use a washing machine i'd go to the laundromat.

    Whatever the OP decides use the most gentle cycle possible if using a machine.
     
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  4. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

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    None of the semi-dry suits I have seen have a drysuit zipper. I own both and zippers are nothing alike.
     
  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    What is the difference between a "top loader" and "front loader" in terms of using them to clean a wetsuit? What does the top loader do that the front loader doesn't?
     
  6. Jcp2

    Jcp2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Many top loaders have a Central agitator while all front loaders do not.
     
  7. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    You mean the plastic post in the middle? The ones I see here in Libya don't have it and are simply a front loader turned up.
     
  8. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

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    That is correct, you will be fine without the agitator. Be sure and use the gentle or hand wash cycle.
     
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  9. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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    Does anyone on this thread need an electric spaghetti fork? Seems like this might be a ripe market for "labor saving" devices.

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  10. Russjstewart

    Russjstewart Barracuda

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    Given the amount of salt that comes out of a wetsuit when hand washed, I would be a bit worried about what the salty waterwas doing to the pump in the washing machine.
     

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