How do you take care of a wetsuit after use?
Soak the wetsuit in a tub of warm fresh water (not over 120°F) for at least 15-20 minutes. After soaking, thoroughly hose off the wetsuit with fresh water. Place the suit on a thick hanger with all the zippers open to ensure maximum air circulation and complete drying.
How do you rejuvenate a wetsuit?
Soak it in a tub with 3 inches of water for about 5 minutes a few days before your race. The Reason: All Wetsuits are kind of like sponges. When they are moist they are supple and flexible. Believe it or not, your wetsuits stay moist for days, even weeks between uses, though they appear dry… just like a sponge.
Is Vaseline bad for a wetsuit?
If required in any area (such as wrists or ankles) a lubricant will aid getting the suit off quickly. A lubricant will also benefit any chaffing area. Do not use petroleum based products like vaseline. Ok to use are products such as: baby oil, body glide, vegetable oil, silicone gel.
How often should you wash your wetsuit?
Rinsing your suit after every use will help keep it fresh, but when it becomes stiff and smelly, it’s time to reach for the cleaner. The steps for cleaning your wetsuit are simple: Get a wetsuit cleaner and a tub of cool water; then stir in the cleaner. Open all the wetsuit zippers, turn it inside out and submerge it.
Is Sand bad for wetsuits?
1. Don’t Take Off Your Wetsuit in the Sand. This is just going to leave you with a muddy wetsuit. If you can, take off your wetsuit on a patch of grass, on a mat, inside, on cement, anything that will keep it from getting full of sand.
Should you dry wetsuit inside out?
Dry your wetsuit inside out first. You should always peel your wetsuit off inside out anyway. Once the inside is dry, turn the wetsuit right side out to finish drying.
How do you recondition neoprene?
For a rip or tear in your neoprene apply two thin coats of the Gear Aid Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement to the edges of the tear. Wait 5–10 minutes, then press the edges together. If this is in a high-stress area, you’ll want to reinforce the repair with a patch.
How do you soften a stiff wetsuit?
Warm water is much more effective than cold for this. Personally I would not put any wetsuit in a top loader. A front loader would give it a good safe workout. You can find fans of Listerine, Softener, Simple Green, Woolite and even wetsuit shampoo.
Can you rinse and spin a wetsuit?
Washing machines damage neoprene so, if you must, do need to make sure you only use a slow spin cycle and a cool wash. Don’t put anything else in with the wetsuit that could damage it whilst the machine is spinning.
Is baby oil bad for wetsuits?
Lube up. Before you step anywhere near your wetsuit, get busy with some lube. Specialist wetsuit lubes are best to preserve the neoprene, but baby oil will do. This is to help you get the suit off more than anything.