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How to maintain your beautiful women's scuba diving wetsuit

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Comfort is a huge factor to a successful scuba dive, choosing a wetsuit is not easy and a big investment for your future adventures. It can take time, a lot of trying on, and money to make that perfect purchase. So once you have that perfect women's diving wetsuit you want to look great, feel good, and enjoy many dives ahead. Here at Aurora wetsuits, we are proud to bring you high-quality diving wetsuits and diving leggings specifically designed and shaped for female divers. Now you can have all the benefits of a great wetsuit and express yourself with colorful designs.

A wetsuit, even when made of high-quality neoprene and materials, requires some TLC (loving tender care) to keep it in great shape and condition. Diving is a pretty tough hobby when it comes to equipment wear and tear as well as maintenance. The environment we dive in does not help and can easily degrade your kit quickly. This can be eased dramatically by caring for your diving wetsuit and following some basic maintenance steps. Well maintained wetsuits will be in good condition and ready to go diving right away. Meaning more enjoyment on your trip and in the ocean itself. Also, lifetime longevity will be increased and the environmental impact will be reduced from not having to needlessly purchase a new one.

As diving takes place in water and especially for those who dive in the ocean, our equipment is affected by the saltwater or chlorine should it be used in a pool. With this in mind, the first step to caring for your women's diving wetsuit is to make sure you rinse it thoroughly after each dive. Take your time to rinse a wetsuit, we recommend to do this in fresh cold water and avoiding squeezing or wringing the wetsuit as you do this. This can stretch, misshape, and even damage the neoprene structure, in turn, shortening the life span of your wetsuit and decreasing thermal protection over time. Make sure all sand and any debris are removed. Once rinsed the wetsuit should be hung to dry in a shaded well-ventilated place. How you hang your wetsuit is also vital to its life expectancy. Hanging your wetsuit by the waist over a hanger's lower rail is the best way to allow your wetsuit to drip and dry.

Why not hang your wetsuit it from the shoulders?

Hanging a wetsuit to dry by the shoulders will add excessive weight to the shoulder sections of your wetsuit. Neoprene is heavy in general and when loaded with water this is going to pull your beautiful wetsuits with gravity down. A result of this is you can see a change in shape at the shoulder regions and puts pressure on the shoulder seams. Repeatedly doing this can create holes at the seams and/or weak spots in the neoprene itself from excessive stretching.

Always hang your diving wetsuit by the waist folded over a hanger rail and distribute the weight more evenly and larger area. The same can be said for storing your beautiful wetsuit when dry and not diving for a period of time. Storing wetsuits between diving trips can be found lower in the article.

Can you wash a wetsuit in the washing machine?

We highly recommend against washing wetsuits in the washing machine, rather follow regular rinses after diving and to use a more natural deeper cleaning technique. Detergents, soaps, and stain removers should be avoided when washing your women's diving wetsuit. These products can deteriorate the glue and the neoprene rubber. Instead if needed use products designed specifically for neoprene wetsuits or use a natural alternative.

Bicarbonate of soda is a great way to naturally get rid of any ocean odor, bodily oils, or small marks. To do so add one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda to your rinse tank/bucket per wetsuit and leave you're to soak for a short while. Give it a gentle swirl around and rinse with fresh cold water. Hang as previously mentioned and wait to dry.

General wetsuit maintenance

Maintaining and keeping your women's diving wetsuit clean and long-lasting seems pretty straight forward. Even simple, yet it's surprising how often you see beautiful wetsuits neglected in comparison to other diving equipment. Divers pack their regulators and BCDs very particularly and carefully, only to be found removing their diving wetsuits on rough hard flooring or even dragging their beautiful wetsuits along the floor as they rush to the washbasins. Even overlooking the sand left inside or the salt build-up of the zips. When removing your wetsuit be careful of doing so on any hard surface such as rocks or sand as this can scuff the material, rub over time, or create a tear. To make sure all sand and salt are removed from zips it is recommended to regularly use a toothbrush to brush over the zip tracks and the actual zips. Removing all salt is removed reduces the risk of salt crystalizing, corroding the zip and therefore no surprises next time you don your women's diving wetsuit. Should your zips require deeper cleaning, this can be done with white vinegar and water. Add 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water and soak the zip in small quantity for an hour. After, use the solution and a toothbrush to clean the tracks or resistant zippers. Never try to force a zipper that has salt corrosion, it should move with ease.

How should you prepare your scuba wetsuit for storage?

To store your women's diving wetsuit, firstly it is important to have followed the cleaning procedures fully beforehand. Making sure the wetsuit is fully dry to avoid any mold forming or unwanted odors. Once ready avoid folding your beautiful wetsuit as this creates creases and adds pressure to these spots. These points will then become weak and potentially increase your risk of water flow and thermal protection. Similar to the hanging by the shoulders mentioned. Alternatively depending upon space available we recommend one of the following: firstly you can lay your wetsuit flat and avoid any heavy weight on top. However, we know not many people have the luxury of having the space to do this. Therefore another option is to hang by the waist folded over the thicker hanger. Lastly, also recommend rolling your wetsuit in order to fit into smaller spaces. This reduces the creasing and keeps the pressure applied spread throughout the entire wetsuit. Avoid having anything on top of it that will apply additional pressure. An additional tip before storage is to add some talcing powder to anti-flush seals or any naked neoprene material. Helping to keep the characteristics of the material intact during storage and reduce the chance of the rubber cracking. Correct storage results in a happy diver, reducing the risk to unexpected issues with your women's diving wetsuit. Assemble your gear more quickly and enjoy doing what you love the most.

Additional notes and tips

All methods of maintenance and storage above can be used for all neoprene gear including booties, hoods, gloves, mask straps, and vests.

Remember it is not to share your women's diving wetsuit with other people. Sounds kind of selfish, your sure your friend will take care of it and they probably will. However, with everyone having different body shapes your beautiful wetsuit could be stretched or have stress added in places it wouldn’t in comparison to you wearing it. Sharing can greatly reduce the diving wetsuits efficiency for you personally on dives thereafter, the fit may not be the same and your comfort will be compromised. A simple explanation should a friend ask should be sufficient and keep all parties happy.

Hopefully, this guide is useful to you being able to enjoy your beautiful Aurora wetsuit for a long time to come. Keep you warm, comfortable, and feeling your best during your diving trips. Should you have any questions regarding any of the points please see our FAQ or send us a question. Aurora wetsuits are here to help, aiming for great customer satisfaction and diving community of like-minded strong women.

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