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Cleaning the inside of a drysuit

Discussion in 'Dry Suits' started by Alex Denny, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Alex Denny

    Alex Denny Active Member

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    I have an Otter trilaminate membrane drysuit that gets worn a lot... After several energetic trips wearing it in and out of mine shafts in Wales and Derbyshire, sweating like a leak in a frying pan, and then trips where the suit has been worn continuously over consecutive days, it's getting a bit manky smelling. What's the best way of cleaning the inside properly?

    I want it clean but don't want to use any cleaning products that might attack the seals etc.

    What does the hive mind of UKD suggest?
     
  2. Wibble

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    Inside out, do up zip or zip cover (to keep the shape). Then a bowl of water with some washing up liquid and use a deck brush or nail brush to clean. Hose off. Hang inside out to dry.

    Easier with socks not boots.

    Main thing is to always dry it thoroughly inside and out before putting away. Use of one of those UK Hangair hangers is great if it's damp inside. I store mine hanging on the Hangair in the garage - winch it up to the ceiling on a bike lift.
     
  3. hawk

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    Washing up liquid and a stiff brush for me as well.
     
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    When I was sailing, my wife used to put my wet suit through the washing machine - sweat and salt water make an evil mixture. Don't think the valves would be happy with a dry suit. I got a packet of dry suit cleaner with my new suit but, I suspect, that it is only as good as washing up liquid and a stiff brush.
     
  5. Alex Denny

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    Thanks - there's a pattern forming which is encouraging! I might need to buy a dryer hanger thingie. (For some reason, I always dry the outside first, because it's wetter, and then dry the inside, but maybe that's the wrong way round as the outside gets repeatedly rinsed?)
     
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    Them there Hangair things mean that both sides get dried. I only leave the fan on for a few hours. I also leave the dryzip undone, but the cover zip done up; leaving the damp air an exit route.

    If it's really wet - had problems with leaking socks - I would leave a leg hanging out, inside out, for a couple of days.

    But gentle soapy water's probably best. Maybe there's some special expensive stuff; in the mean time there's Fairy Liquid - as Hans that does dishes is as soft as Jervais with mild green furry lip squid
     
  7. Dave Whitlow

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    After rinsing outside, and sometime inside, my suit drips for a while draped over a set of step ladders in the garden and then lives for a while on a suit hanger in the hall, suspended from a bungee. When I walk by it I pat the suit to force an exchange of air. This low-tech approach has worked for years and usually has it ready for service in a day or so.

    As @Wibble observed, socks allow inside out drying much better.
     
  8. Vanny

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    People wash the inside of their suits?
     
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    Not normally but sometimes my nose, or my wife, will suggests it is needs to be done. This can coincide with the periodic washing of the undersuit and maybe due to ingress of sea water.
     
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    My wife did ask what had died in the spare room where my diving undersuiit kit is hung up... I've gone nose blind to it!
     
  11. Vanny

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    People wash their undersuits :wideyed:


    Actually reminds me , last year we went to scapa about now. On shipping our kit onto the boat , Emily, the skipper, refused to let one of our bunch back on until he took his under suit off and washed it :vomit:
     
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  12. Alex Denny

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    I clearly haven't washed the inside of my suit before, or I wouldn't be asking!
     
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    I took my under-trousers in for braces to be added. They refused to do anything until they were washed!
     
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    Bunch of dirty bastards!
     
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    I must be a right minger. About 100 dives on my suit and never washed inside.

    My thinsulate gets a wash pretty regular.
     
  16. reefer

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    My god. Do you lot not wash your under suits after ever dive session. Why would you treat your under suits any differently to your underwear ? :geek:

    Is there any value in having some kind of Silicon bag to absorb moisture kept inside the dry suit - if such a thing exists?
     
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    I used a weak solution of VWP to clean my neoprene dry suit at the beginning of this year as I realised my ubdersuit was getting smelly very quickly and requiring more frequent washing than previously. Made a huge difference but took ages to try - I also now have one of the 'hangair' hangers but haven't needed to wash the inside of the suit again yet!


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    Never noticed the end of the season: I dive throughout the year.
     

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