HOW TO CARE FOR A WETSUIT


To prolong the good looks and life of your wetsuit, please follow the following simple guidelines for suit care.

Packing for a dive

If you must pack your wetsuit in a gear bag, starting at the ankles of the legs roll the suit towards the torso. Before rolling the legs into the torso lay the sleeves across the torso. Continue to roll the legs  into the torso of the suit. When you have completed the rolling process place suit in your gear bag at one side of the bag so as to prevent the suit from unrolling. By rolling the suit instead of folding the suit it will prevent the majority of permanent creasing. If you have our popular shorty and jumpsuit combo, place the shorty over the jumpsuit prior to the rolling procedure..

Storing

All suits should be stored on a hanger specially designed for wet or dry suits. Regular hangers are not broad enough and can cause creases in your suit.

Do not store suits rolled or folded. Hang them out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place. Store them as you would any fine suit or gown.

Direct sunlight will cause your suit to fade and will shorten its life. Keep exposure to it at a minimum, even while on a dive boat.

Cleaning

The entire suit should be thoroughly washed after the dive. Use cool or warm water, never hot. There are shampoos and cleansers especially formulated for wetsuits. We recommend their use, as they will not harm the wetsuit material. Do not wash in an agitator type washing machine. The agitator can cut a suit. A tumble type washing machine is good on gentle cycle in cold or warm water A suit can also be washed in a bathtub. Do not ever dry clean any wetsuit.  The chemical solvents used in dry cleaning will put you in the market for a new suit really fast

A thorough cleansing is especially important if circumstances caused you to urinate inside your suit. (We know no one likes to talk about it, but let's face it, it does happen). The ammonia urea compounds in urine can cause an odor that will repel you, your dive buddy, sharks, werewolves and vampires and make you wish you had a new suit if you don't clean it well. A good cleaning will also prevent other odors and bacteria from growing in your suit.

Avoid diving in areas polluted with gas, oil or other chemicals, such as wrecks leaking diesel fuel. If you do come into contact with any chemicals, clean your suit immediately and rinse thoroughly. Remember, just as with topside fabrics, the sooner it is cleaned, the less the stain may set and the better the results.