With the water temperature quickly dropping in the Pacific Ocean surfers along the California coast are breaking out their full suites after a long summer. Most surfers can agree that regular use of their wetsuit requires a regular cleaning to prevent the nasty odors that will come back to haunt you. We have now been wearing our 3/2 Quiksilver Ignite for the past three weekends as we prepare for the frigid swells to come. Even with a normal rinse and hang dry after every surf we are still fighting the traditional odors that come with the process. Fortunately we recently stumbled upon the Nikwax Tech Wash to help us properly clean our suits.
After speaking with a representative from Nikwax we confirmed that this was a perfect solution to our problem. Although most waterproof garments are treated in a washing machine, we recommend to ONLY use their hand washing method as described below. It’s also important to note that this cleaning method works best when the suit is NOT inside out. When hang drying your suit, it helps to dry it on both sides to prevent any moisture retention.
- Immerse item(s) in 6L hand-hot water in sink or bowl.
- Use 2floz/50ml per item in soft water areas. Add an additional 50ml per garment in hard water* areas.
- Agitate to mix.
- Rinse 3 times in clean water.
* If you have calcium and mineral deposits in your washing machine you have hard water.
For extreme hard water use 200ml.
It’s important to know that you only need to use Nikwax Tech Wash one or two times a month if you are surfing often. With so many different suit manufacturers on the market please test this solution on your neoprene before diving in. Although there aren’t many negative side effects with Nikwax it’s smart to use a slightly smaller dose of solution to start.