Monday, May 10, 2010

Proper Wetsuit Care

From USATriathlon

Most wetsuits are constructed with the fastest and most technologically advanced materials available. Because of this, your wetsuit is delicate and requires proper care and handling to prolong its life. USA Triathlon Wetsuits has a few tips on how to best care for your wetsuit.

GENERAL CARE

Do:

  • Rinse inside and out with fresh water after each use paying close attention to the zipper area.
  • Hang to dry inside out on a thick padded hangar (not wire). Do not leave your wetsuit in the direct sunlight.
  • Store your dry wetsuit in a cool dry place, laying flat folded across the waist.
  • For travel, fold your wetsuit according to the following diagram. Do not fold your wetsuit lengthwise.

Don't:

  • Do not use petroleum based products like Vaseline on your suit.
  • Do not use your suit in chlorinated water.
  • Do not use your wetsuit for sports other than swimming.
  • Do not hang your wetsuit for a prolonged period of time. This could put stress on the rubber in the shoulder area causing it to stretch and possibly crack.
  • NEVER leave your wetsuit folded in a hot car or in direct sunlight! The rubber in your wetsuit will fuse.
  • Do not put your wetsuit in a washing machine or dryer. Do not dry clean your wetsuit.
  • Be very careful when putting your wetsuit on and taking it off. The rubber in your wetsuit is very technologically advanced, making it extremely flexible and comfortable but also making it susceptible to nicks and tears from sharp objects, especially fingernails.

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