As I gazed blankly at the footbed of my car this morning, I reminded myself how valuable that steamy little pile of wetsuit is to me. The next thing that came to mind is all the steps I take, without fault, in taking care of it… save this morning, that one more wave made me late for work. So, here’s your weekly/bi-weekly blog post which will give you all the info you need to get the most out of your steamer.
2) This is the most important! Rinse out your suit with fresh water every time you use it, even between 2-a-days or weekend warrior sessions. Saltwater is corrosive and will eat anything in its path. Do yourself a favor, you don’t want to smell like seal pee anyways. Bring a jug of water to rinse with which will help dilute the saltwater that lies within the neoprene. When you get home, rinse it thoroughly with cool water. Your suit is built for cold water; warm water will slowly break down taped seams.
3) If you surfed after a rain or you made it rain inside your suit, use a cap-full of wetsuit soap in a bucket to get that nasty swamp sauce out of there. If you have small kids, save yourself a trip and use baby shampoo. Regular soap is too harsh for wetsuits. To clean your suit real good like, knead the sudsy water into the neoprene, then move on to the nooks and crannies, even the zipper and velcro. Since we’re referencing this already, let’s go over the pros and cons of “staying warm.”
Pee Pee Pros
Pee Pee Cons
4) Did you just unleash like Seabiscuit the whole sesh after poker night with the boys… brunch with the ladies… or because you get that 8 pints of water down per day? Sometimes wetsuit cleaner doesn’t quite do the mind justice. Here’s a secret of the pros…add a cap of mouth rinse instead.
5) Hang up it up proper, in the shade, preferably the shower or garage. Don’t just toss it over the back fence or the bed of your truck. The shoulders and neck are the first areas that break down when hung up like a t-shirt, so hang it up as follows. Grab a hanger (non-metal), slide the legs through and hang it doubled-up (hamburger style) , inside-out.
6) Once the outside (which is the inside of your suit) is dry, turn it right side out and repeat. I sometimes squeeze the water out of the pooled up areas of the ankle and wrist to help speed up the process. Once it’s dry, keep it hung up this way. NEVER hand your wetsuit up by the shoulders. Visit a local beach town thrift store and you’ll see why.
You’ve got all the info necessary to make good wetsuit decisions. While you chew on that mind matter, I’m going to go start the process with my wetsuit so that I’m not beating myself up later. If it’s too late for your wetsuit and you need a replacement, give us a call and we'll dial you in.