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How to look after your wetsuit

A wetsuit is an essential piece of gear for any water-based activity, but it requires proper care to keep it in good condition. Here are some tips to help you take care of your wetsuit and ensure that it lasts for many seasons:

  1. Rinse it Off: After each use, rinse your wetsuit off with fresh water to remove any salt, sand, or other debris. This will help to prevent stains and prolong the life of your wetsuit.

  2. Hang it to Dry: After rinsing it off, hang your wetsuit out to dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid hanging it in direct sunlight as this can cause the colors to fade.

  3. Use a Mild Detergent: If your wetsuit needs a deeper clean, use a mild detergent and wash it on a gentle cycle. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener as these can damage the neoprene.

  4. Store it Properly: When not in use, store your wetsuit in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid storing it in a damp or humid area as this can lead to mold and mildew.

  5. Repair any Damage: If you notice any rips, tears, or other damage to your wetsuit, have it repaired as soon as possible. This will help to prevent the damage from getting worse and will prolong the life of your wetsuit.

  6. Avoid Overheating: Never dry your wetsuit in a dryer or other heat source as this can damage the neoprene.

  7. Be mindful of zipper care: Zippers are one of the most common areas where wetsuits can tear, so be sure to take care when zipping and unzipping your wetsuit.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your wetsuit stays in great condition for many seasons. Remember to take good care of it and it will take good care of you!

In addition to these tips, it's also important to note that wetsuits should be replaced periodically, especially if you're noticing a loss of flexibility or buoyancy. This will help to ensure that you have the best protection and performance while in the water. Consult the manufacturer's guidelines for the recommended lifespan of your wetsuit.

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