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In nautical environments, the use of a good sailing suit is essential. It not only helps to maintain the temperature in colder waters, but it allows you to practice water activities even when the weather is not exactly summer. The Slam sailing suits are resistant and of quality, and have an internal neoprene structure that has been designed to offer an excellent level of thermal insulation. In addition, it is made of materials that resist abrasion, making it ideal for professional use. If you are looking for a quality product, or if you already own one, you will also know the importance of its maintenance. In this article we give you some tips on proper maintenance and washing of your sailing dry suit; in this way, you will grant years of reliable performance.
Proper maintenance of a sailing suit starts with cleaning it. First of all, after each use, a neoprene sailing suit such as our Pelican Long John must be rinsed with fresh water both outside and inside to remove dirt, sand and salt residues, sweat or traces of chlorine, if used in the pool. Pay attention to the seams and zippers, where dirt could get in. When not in use, the sailing suit should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Alternatively, suits for sailing can be placed in a tub or container of water and left to soak for a few minutes. Again, once rinsed, the suit should be hung to dry in a well-ventilated area.
With proper care, dry suits for sailing can guarantee years of protection and high performance.
When the dirt is particularly persistent or after long periods of non-use, your suit may require a deeper cleaning. The advice is to use special detergents for neoprene that also have the advantage of removing organic residues and traces of bacteria and thoroughly cleaning all substances that could slowly deteriorate the neoprene parts and rubber patches. These cleaners are available at most sporting goods or marine clothing stores. Classic soap and liquid soap for cleaning neoprene sailing suits such as our Gannet Long John are to be avoided.
After washing your sailing suit properly, it is essential to leave it to dry outdoors, in a shady and well-ventilated place. This will help extend the life of the suit and keep it in good condition for a long time. Never leave the suit in direct sunlight, as it could damage the material and make it stiff. Also, avoid using hair dryers or dryers, which can also cause damage.
Sailing suits, both those with higher and lower thermal insulation (such as our Frigate Long John) must be completely dry before being stored, as wet neoprene can develop mold and other bacteria.
Small damages such as holes, tears, or cracks are very common and can quickly become larger, putting the integrity of your sailing suit at risk. Fortunately, neoprene wetsuits are relatively easy to repair. By intervening immediately and following a few simple precautions, you can keep your sailing suit in good condition. There are three possibilities for repairing neoprene: gluing the neoprene with putty, stitching or patching. When we are faced with more extensive damage, the best solution to repair the neoprene sailing suit is through the patch: the cut or hole must be glued and repaired with special patches sold with special repair kits.
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