5 precautions to take with your wetsuit
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This product is purposely designed for quick washing of neoprene equipment, in order to prolong the life and colors of the material. Removes odors, oil, bacteria, algae, salt, chlorine and other impurities.
The use of this product is an asset to prolong the life of your suit. However, there are other precautions you can take to keep your equipment last longer.
Soak the wetsuit:
During surfing, the wetsuit is exposed to salt, sand, organic matter present in the water and often the surfer’s urine. All of these compounds can react with neoprene and, in the long run, begin to wear out or dry out the material.
The ideal is to soak the suit in cold or lukewarm fresh water (hot is not recommended, as it can
make the suit lose its flexibility) in a solution with sodium bicarbonate or biological shampoo specifically for neoprene suits.
Washing and drying in a washing machine or dryer is not recommended.
Scrub with small brushes:
While the suit is soaking, take the opportunity to clean the zippers and Velcro with the help of a brush. Move the zipper up and down to remove any and all dirt.
It should be placed to dry extended or semi-folded in the shade:
After washing, the suit must be dried as indicated, starting by putting it inside out.
It is important not to forget that the sun and heat are the biggest enemies of neoprene. The suit should not be left to dry in direct sunlight, as this could damage the inner lining, which could come off.
Hang the wetsuit so that half the body of the suit is touching the rope or rod of the hanger, so as not to weigh too much, eventually damaging the arms or legs.
Store the wetsuit carefully:
The proper location should have a consistent, constant temperature, without major spikes in cold or heat.
Avoid storing it while it is still damp, as this can generate fungi that, in addition to causing a bad smell, can damage the wetsuit.
Treat the wetsuit with care to last longer:
Watch out for nails, which can tear the neoprene. Do not stretch the neoprene too much, as you risk bursting the lines and seams.
Do not remove the wax from the suit, as the neoprene can be damaged when trying to remove it.