How to clean your wetsuit and make it last longer

Did you know that you can make your wetsuit last longer if you use a cleaner and conditioner? How do you take care of a wetsuit?

Surfers usually think that if you rinse it off with fresh water and hang it in the shade, you're doing everything you should to improve your wetsuit durability. Well, not quite.
A good wetsuit is expensive. The investment can easily reach the $US500 or €400, so you should treat your wetsuit accordingly. If you surf 100 days per year, it's easy to understand how much pressure you're putting in the neoprene.
Salt, sun rays, urine, sand contact and frequent stretching. Wetsuits are always working for you and, therefore, they deserve a rest and proper treatment. That means a special kind of shampoo for neoprene wetsuits.
Wetsuit cleaner and conditioner is the best way to ensure your second skin will live a couple of years more. These products work as disinfectant and cleaning catalysts, by eliminating all small offensive particles. It's like a soap specifically designed for wetsuits.
Remember that hot waters destroys the wetsuit flexibility and that you should dry it inside out. Never wash your wetsuit in the washing machine and dry it indoors, as quickly as possible and away from sunlight.
No ironing or dry machines, of course. Also, always use a plastic bag to put your wetsuit on.
Looking after your wetsuit requires patience, but it is worth it. You'll save hundreds of dollars/euros, year after year, and will feel a smoother wetsuit whenever you put it on.

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