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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

    I'd only worry about that if washing multiples of suits on multiples of days
  2. PBcatfish

    PBcatfish Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    My Lycra dive skins go in the washing machine. My neoprene suits go in the shower. If they get funky, a little Sink The Stink gets added to the program. I've been doing it this way since the 1980's I haven't tried any other method.
  3. scuba_heidi

    scuba_heidi Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Queensland, Australia
    I wash my 5mm semi-dry in my top loader washing machine on gentle (no central agitator) and have done so for almost 100 dives in it now. No adverse affects. I only add a little wetsuit wash. My washing machine is holding up ok too. The spin cycle gets a lot of the water out so it dries quickly.

    Honestly your wetsuit gets more beaten up with you getting in and out of it than it would being tumbled around a machine. I can imagine an agitator might not be friendly, but my washing machine has a clear lid and whenever I’ve peeked in to see how it’s going it’s doing just fine.

    Each to their own, but I’m all for it.
  4. Hatul

    Hatul Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tustin, California, United States
    I would never wash my wetsuit is a washing machine. The manufacturer warns against it and there's no need. I just rinse my wetsuit with my other gear in plain water and it's enough. Maybe if I were to buy a used wetsuit I'd use some shampoo the first time for psychological reasons but otherwise plain water does the job.

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