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Did you know that you can make your wetsuit last longer if you use a cleaner and conditioner? How should you take care of a wetsuit?

Surfers usually think that if you rinse it off with fresh water and hang it in the shade, you're doing everything necessary to improve your wetsuit durability. Well, not quite.

A good wetsuit is expensive. The investment can cost upwards of $US500 (€400), so you should treat your wetsuit accordingly. If you surf 100 days in a year, it's easy to understand how much pressure you're putting in the neoprene.

Salt, the sun's rays, urine, contact with sand, and frequent stretching all take a toll. Wetsuits are always working for you and, therefore, they deserve a rest and proper treatment. That means using a special kind of shampoo formulated for neoprene wetsuits.

Wetsuit cleaner and conditioner is the best way to ensure your second skin will live a couple of years more. These products work as both disinfectant and cleaning catalysts, eliminating all small offensive particles.

Remember that hot water destroys your wetsuit's flexibility, so you should never wash your wetsuit in a washing machine. Always dry it inside out, indoors, as quickly as possible and away from sunlight. No ironing or dryers, of course. And always store your wetsuit in a plastic bag.

Finally, remember make sure you remove wax from the neoprene, once in a while. And make sure you know how to put on a chest zip wetsuit and take it off.

Looking after your wetsuit requires patience, but it is worth it. You'll save hundreds of dollars/euros, year after year, and will enjoy a more comfortable wetsuit whenever you put it on.

The O'Neill Wetsuit/Drysuit Cleaner And Conditioner is the best product available.
The MiraZyme Odor Eliminator is a very good pick.
The Drainbo Pau Pilau Wet Suit Cleaner is an effective way to deodorize your wetsuit.
The Sink The Stink Wetsuit Cleaner biologically eliminates the odors in neoprene wetsuits.
The McNett Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo leaves neoprene free of residue, chlorine and salt.

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