Do you want to maintain your wetsuit? Read tips here to thoroughly clean all your neoprene accessories so that they last longer.
A new wetsuit is a considerable investment. To ensure that your wetsuit stays in good condition for a long time, maintenance is important. On this page you will receive the correct tips on how to clean and maintain neoprene. This way you get the most out of your expensive suit!
Wetsuit maintenance is needed
We actually know it. If you have used your wetsuit you must clean it. Seawater, sand and also fresh water is not good for the maintenance of neoprene. Only nobody is waiting to clean the stuff after a kite surfing session. Nevertheless, we advise you to do this, because your wetsuit lasts considerably longer if you clean it regularly. (this way you also prevent your neoprene from smelling and getting an itching rash) You can read here how:
Wash the wetsuit out
Once you have finished your surfing session, it is important to rinse your wetsuit as soon as possible with clean cold or lukewarm water. Hot water causes neoprene to dry out and the glue to come loose. You can make soapy water from baking soda, special neoprene shampoo or cleaner with cold or lukewarm water. Put all your neoprene stuff in it and wash it clean. Then rinse your wetsuit thoroughly on both sides with fresh cold water. Ensure that the zipper and seams are also properly cleaned, for example with a toothbrush.
Cleaning agents for neoprene Neopeen
Cleaning products include:
- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- Slosh Wetsuit shampoo
- McNett wetsuit shampo
- ORCA Wetsuit Cleaner
There are undoubtedly other brands with neoprene cleaners and shampoos, but these are fairly easy to find in the kite surf shops.
Hang the wetsuit to dry
If you have rinsed your wetsuit well, you naturally want it to dry as soon as possible, because putting on a wet suit is not good. If you dry a wetsuit, hang it over a trouser hanger like you are hanging on trousers. Never hang a wet wetsuit with a hanger on the shoulders. Because a soaking wet wetsuit is heavy, the shoulders and seams will hang at the shoulders and can tear.
Hang the wetsuit in a dry room for drying. Do not put your wetsuit in the centrifuge or tumble dryer. Neoprene dries out as a result and your suit does not last as long.
Well, now that everything is clean and hanging to dry, it’s time to take a bath yourself!