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

    PBcatfish Regular of the Pub

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    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

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    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

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    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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