Wetsuits are neoprene gloves built for your body, thin shells of rubber filled with air bubbles that insulate a layer of water against your skin. The water, warmed by your body heat, helps to keep you warm as you swim, dive or surf in cold water. A wetsuit must be cleaned after each use to remove salt residue and organic material stirred up from the ocean, lake or river bottom. If they aren't removed, salt and organic matter can break down the fabric of a wetsuit and cause odors. Because certain typical cleaning processes like hot water or harsh detergents will degrade a neoprene wetsuit, taking special care when washing it and practicing regular preventative maintenance are the key elements to keeping your wetsuit in top shape.
Article Written By Marie Mulrooney
Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.