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Old 05-18-2010   #1
Aurora, Colorado
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Washing the wetsuit

Just got back from a San Juan trip so all of my gear is full of fine red dust, sand and mud. Need to clean my shorty wetsuit, and I am wondering what kind of soap is safe? Also, hand wash only or is washing machine gentle cylcle OK? Thanks in advance for your advice and tips!

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Old 05-18-2010   #2
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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When I used to surf out on the east coast. I would use bar soap (Ivory/Dial) on a wash cloth and warm water in the bath tub. My suits would last for years. Never tried a washing machine.

hang to dry, no dryer.

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Old 05-18-2010   #3
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I usually just throw my neoprene stuff in the washer on the gentle cycle. Always use powdered detergent and something mild if you have it. Dreft works good, but pricey. I usually just use what I have because I'm cheap. I also put it through the extra rinse. Mine all last years and years. Haven't worn one out yet. Also, a trick for stinky neoprene is to soak it in the washer full of water and a cup of vinegar before you put in the detergent and send it through the cycle. This works great for stinky ol' booties and it doesn't seem to hurt the fabric. Always air dry.
Also, another tip, I would run a load of old towels or something through your washer before you wash anything else after doing your San Juan stuff. That mud sticks around and will stain anything else you put in there. Even better, go to a laundramat!
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Old 05-18-2010   #4
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I usually use gasoline, only thing that gets the smell out.
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Old 05-18-2010   #5
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I bought my shorty WS 5 years ago and it has lasted well with the way I wash it...Oh wait I've not washed it yet
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Old 05-18-2010   #6
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I just used some "sink the stink" on some nasty neoprene gloves. I am absolutely amazed, the funk is gone, even when re-wet!
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Sink the stink is great!

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