Wetsuit Care – What You Need to Know to Ensure That Your Investment Lasts You For Several Adventures
Wetsuit care is essential if you want to prolong the life of your wetsuit. A well cared wetsuit will last you for many seasons. The most important factors are rinsing the suit after every dive and storage. Both these factors will determine on how long your wetsuit will last.
After each and every dive, it is important that you rinse your wetsuit in freshwater. I usually place the wetsuit in a bath and also add an antiseptic liquid to remove any salt and other organic residue. Using a wetsuit shampoo should also help.
After rinsing, turn the suit inside out to dry. It is best if you avoid drying out your wetsuit under direct sunlight. Exposing the suit for long periods under the heat of the sun, may deteriorate the neoprene.
When storing your wetsuit, it is best to place it on a wide hangar. Try to store in as cool, dry environment, again preventing exposure to direct sunlight. One thing to keep in mind is to avoid folding the wetsuit suit tightly or leaving it folded for extensive periods. Doing so will permanently damage the suit. What happens is that the cells in the neoprene to collapse at the creases therefore reducing their ability to insulate.
For additional wetsuit care, once yourAÃ¯Â¿Â½suit has dried out, I recommend that you lubricate any fasteners and zippers with a silicone spray or some other non-petroleum lubricant. This will reduce the likelihood of your zipper getting jammed due to a build up of salt crystals.
Any minor suit repairs can be easily made by yourself. It is wise to invest in a neoprene adhesive and some seaming tape.
By taking this extra little wetsuit care and attention, you can be assured that you will extend the life of your wetsuit and should last you for many scuba and snorkeling adventures.