Wetsuit Maintenance

1. HOT WATER RUINS NEOPRENE
In hot water neoprene loses some of the flexibility, so keep it out of hot water.

2. SUN & UV RAYS AGE NEOPRENE
Do not leave your wetsuit on the sun! Sun is the neoprene worst enemy. Dry your wetsuit in the shadow if you can. UV rays cause the neoprene to age much quicker, it gets hard and loses its flexibility and makes it brittle.

3. HOT TRUNK IS NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR A WETSUIT
Do not leave you wettie in the trunk of your car in a parking lot on a hot day. Cooking wetsuits can't be good, raw ones are much better.

4. DRY YOUR WETSUIT INSIDE OUT
Dry your wetsuit inside out to keep the flexibility of the outer side. If the wetsuit is not completely dry when you are putting it on - you will still crawl into a drier side.

To properly hang it, get a sturdy plastic hanger (not steel, as it will rust) and foam water pipe insulation. Cut the pipe lengthwise, punch a hole in the middle and hang it over the hanger.

The soft foam distributes the weight of the suit over a larger area, and eliminates dents in your suit from sharp angles on a hanger.

5. STORE IT NICELY
Give your wetsuit a bath before putting it away for the winter. I mean bath, not a wash in the washing machine J. Mountain Equipment Coop sells wetsuit shampoo for $5.00. Wetsuit shampoos kill organic waste matter. Or, use a mild detergent like anti-bacterial hand soap or conditioning shampoo.

Fill your bathtub at home with warm, (not hot) water and scrub the inside with a soft-bristled brush and the outside with a soft sponge, so as not to damage the neoprene. Dry it inside out on a thick hanger or draped over thick balcony railing.

Wetsuit material can develop a permanent crease if left folded for a extended period of time. It is best to store your wetsuit laying flat. If that is not possible, you can store your suit on a hanger. Use as thick a hanger as possible to better support the weight of the suit. The thicker the suit, the heavier, and therefore the thicker your hanger should be. There are several after-market hangers available designed specifically for this purpose.

Store the wetsuit in a dark, dry place. Do not store your wetsuit in garage if the garage is used to park a vehicle. The exhaust emissions from the vehicle can over time deteriorate the neoprene.

If you can find a place in the house, take it off the hanger and lay it flat, preferably without putting any folds in it. Also, don't place anything on top of it, as that creates destructive dents as well.

6. MY WETSUIT STINKS NO.1
If your wetsuit stinks too much, it could be because you left your wet wetsuit in a plastic bag for a while and you did not wash it right away. The smell can also be the result of normal sweat and body oils and odors that our bodies produce. These are breeding ground for the bacteria which are in fact the thing that smell bad in the wetsuit.

7. MY WETSUIT SMELLS FUNNY NO.2
The other reason for odor is urine. Try not to pee (as much) in it, because pee also deteriorates the neoprene and leaves the worst smell of them all.