Your neo has to endure a lot during training and competitions: dirty sea water, sand, salt water or chlorine can take a toll on the rubber skin, as can some scouring creams (beware of paraffin oil here) or Vaseline. So that the Neo stays like a second skin for you for as long as possible, we have put together the right care tips for you here.
Rinse, clean and dry
Salt and chlorine in particular dry out the sensitive material and make it brittle. The neo loses its elastic properties much faster, the material becomes firmer and more prone to small tears. To prevent this and to remove any harmful residue, you should rinse your wetsuit thoroughly after each use - in the shower or in the bath, inside and out. So it doesn't hurt to soak the suit in lukewarm, clear water for a while and then rinse it out thoroughly.
There is also the option of treating the wetsuit with a special care product. This not only ensures external cleaning, but also removes odors and preserves the softening components of the neoprene material.
Composed of natural and biodegradable ingredients, this cleaner quickly removes dirt and odors, organic residues, sunscreen and salt deposits for a clean, fresh-smelling wetsuit. This cleaner also keeps the neoprene soft and supple for longer. View.
To dry, turn the suit inside out and hang it in a well-ventilated but dark place. Because the inner fabric stores moisture better than the water-repellent coated outer skin.
Only when the inside is completely dry is the suit turned right side out. This prevents the material from smelling or even getting moldy. Once the neo has dried completely, you need to close the zip to avoid damage from the teeth.
Then you can check the web again for smaller tears. Because if you mend your fingernail carelessness or scratches now, you can get started again next year without any nasty surprises before the first race. As always, minor damage can easily be repaired with neoprene glue . Larger cracks are best entrusted to a specialist dealer with a little more experience.
Clean, dry, turned right side out and closed, the web is now ready to be stored until the next use. But be careful: the right quarters may well have been chosen in order to protect the material as best as possible.
1. Position: The wetsuit prefers to sleep hanging or lying down. Definitely full size. The material does not like to be folded or rolled. Because that not only gives unsightly kinks when it is spread out again - these kinks are particularly likely to break later. A bit of free space is also important for the suit. Pressing or squeezing at the bottom of a large stack of material may damage the foamed material - air bubbles and pressure - not a good idea!
2. Room: The storage area should definitely be dark. Because UV radiation is bad for the neoprene and makes it dry and cracked. But here, too, the suit is choosy. The garage, the shed, or the boiler room are not good choices. Environments where there are substances containing solvents that may give off vapors (basement/material shed/storage room, etc.) or in the garage where car exhaust fumes can collect are at risk for the sensitive material.
3. Clothes hanger: If you decide to keep your swimsuit hanging up in the closet, it is best to hang the rubber skin on a special neoprene hanger. It has an extra wide contact surface and distributes the weight of the suit over the entire shoulder area. In addition, no kinks can develop in the shoulder area. If you don't have such a hanger, you can, for example, wrap two pieces of commercially available pipe insulation around a conventional clothes hanger and achieve the same effect: as little punctual stress as possible on the material.
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