Learning how to wash neoprene fabric is a bit different compared to washing other fabrics, but just as important. Fortunately, it isn’t as difficult as it seems, as long as you use the right material and way. But the question is: What do you need and how do you clean this fabric efficiently?
That depends on what articles of clothing or products you need to be cleaned! So read on as I talk about the means of cleaning neoprene properly.
How to Wash Neoprene Wetsuit?
How do you clean stinky Neoprene?
To get rid of the stink from salt, body oils, and other related dirt, make sure you rinse your suit thoroughly inside and out with fresh water.
Then, use distilled white vinegar and mix it with your choice of essential oils, which have antibacterial properties to get rid of the stench. Pour about five cups of vinegar to the tub with your neoprene, as well as up to 20 drops of your essential oil. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
How do you wash a neoprene lunch bag?
With a lunch bag, you can either have it cleaned with the laundry machine or by hand. Depending on the brand and manufacturer, follow their recommendations.
Just like with wetsuits, place it in the machine and use only the gentle or delicate machine cycle with cold water and gentle detergent. Before placing it in the machine, the metal hook should be clipped to your bag’s handle.
Never dry-clean, iron, or tumble dry, nor should you wear non-color fast fabrics, as the colors will rub on the bag.
How do you wash neoprene knee sleeves and waist trimmers?
Cleaning your neoprene waist trimmers and knee sleeves are similar to waders and wetsuits. However, it’s best that you hand wash it rather than put it in the laundry machine.
I recommend that you boil your waist trimmer and knee sleeve after a sweaty workout, doing so for five minutes. Afterward, add a bit of mild dish soap and let it cool in the tub. You can also use vinegar in exchange with mild soap.
How do you wash neoprene seat covers?
If you have seat covers made of the material, make sure you follow these steps:
How do you wash neoprene waders, masks, and other wading gear?
Follow these steps according to what gear you need to be cleaned:
Frequently Asked Questions
To clean neoprene, there are certain things you need to learn about. Here are the frequently asked questions so you can get a hang of it:
Can you put neoprene in a laundry machine?
You can use a machine for your neoprene but only in a delicate setting. Use cold water when doing so and remove it immediately after the laundry cycle to prevent it from creasing. With that said, it’s best to avoid the machine altogether, handwashing it instead, using water below 40 degrees C.
Does neoprene shrink in the dryer?
Neoprene doesn’t shrink in a dryer as long as you have it on low or tumble dry settings. Never put it in a dryer on high heat or iron it.
As much as possible, I recommend air drying it instead of using a dryer. However, do NOT leave your neoprene clothing under the hot sun, which can cause it to damage immediately.
Wrapping It Up
Washing neoprene doesn’t need to be such a tough task. With the right materials and knowledge, your gear can be squeaky clean and ready to use.
I hope this article on cleaning neoprene helped you out. So don’t search any longer and use these tips today.
Do you have any questions or also want to share your tips and materials you use for cleaning your gear? Comment down below, all your thoughts are really appreciated!