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Care Instructions - How to clean and dry a wetsuit?

How to wash a Wetsuit?
Proper care of your wetsuits
can have a big influence on the lifespan of your suit. So in order to take care of the environment and your wallet
–invest that little extra time, you will be rewarded!


Cleaning and drying a Wetsuit is very important.
It starts when putting on your wetsuit. Don’t rush it, put it on carefully in order to take care of the seams, zippers and fabric. Pee before surfing in order to avoid excessive urinating every time you surf – not only for the fabric but also for you. With 99,7% water impermeability, you can imagine how uncomfortable it will be.
Fold your suit carefully and as less as possible when you put it in the surfboard bag / suitcase.
Store it in a dry and shady room on a hanger or over a smooth and round surface.

Yamamoto neoprene dries quickly, so you won’t have to worry about being uncomfortable after getting out of the water.


Always rinse with fresh (never hot) water inside and out to remove sand and saltwater. The sooner you wash your wetsuit after getting out of the water, the better. When you stay at the beach the whole day after surf, invest that extra rinse as soon as you come home.
No washing machine, no hot water, no laundry detergent, no fabric softener, and no bleach. If the wetsuit starts smelling you can either add a little wetsuit cleaner or as alternatives baking soda, vinegar, baby shampoo or dishwashing liquid.
Don’t try to remove the wax – there’s no chance to do that without damaging the wetsuit.


Don’t let it dry in direct sun, always in the shade. Start inside out, as soon as it’s dry there, change sides. Extreme heat and UV exposure will start to deteriorate the neoprene which will make the fabric lose its stretch and shorten its lifespan.

Just to add, a dryer and iron will damage the suit completely.