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Article: The ultimate wetsuit care guide

The ultimate wetsuit care guide

A high-quality wetsuit should be durable, but there are a few things that we can do to get the most out of our wetsuits. Like with most things in life, a little bit of TLC will go a long way.

Here are some top tips for looking after your wetsuit so that you can enjoy your time in the water for longer.

Be sure to….

  • Rinse your wetsuit with freshwater, inside and out, after every use.
  • Use cool or lukewarm water as hot water will affect the neoprene’s flexibility.
  • If particularly dirty, or to remove any odours, use a cleaner made especially for wetsuits or a mild, liquid soap like baby shampoo. This is a good idea to do occasionally as sand and salt will build up in your wetsuit over time.
  • Hang your wetsuit inside out, folded over a line in the shade. Once the inside is dry, turn the right side out to finish drying.
  • Once dry, store flat or hanging in a well-ventilated area to avoid mould.
  • Store out of direct sunlight.
  • Be kind to your wetsuit, do not excessively pull at the seams or rubber.

Be sure NOT to….

  • Use bleach, stain removers, washing detergent, fabric softeners or harsh cleaners.
  • Use in a chlorinated swimming pool or spa.
  • Put your wetsuit in a washing machine or dryer.
  • Dry clean your wetsuit.
  • Dry your wetsuit in direct sunlight.
  • Hang on a wire hanger (once dry, use our BOLDE wooden hanger that you received for free with your wetsuit!)
  • Hang by the neck or shoulders when wet.
  • Iron your wetsuit.
  • Leave your wetsuit in the boot of your car.
  • Expose your wetsuit to aerosols, oils, solvents, and fuel as this will stain and damage your suit.
  • Store your wetsuit with your leash or anything that has velcro, as velcro will tear the fibres of the lining.
  • Store in direct sunlight.
  • Fold your wetsuit as this can cause permanent creasing.

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