Nothing wrong with buying a new wetsuit, but if you’re constantly needing to, it’s probably a good idea to learn some proper wetsuit care.

Step 1: Rinse it out

Salt eats away at neoprene. So timing is everything, just like in the lineup. The faster you can rinse the salt out, the less time that salt has to ruin the suit’s material.

Step 2: Soak

That quick rinse will do a good job easing the blow, but it won’t get all the salt out. Grab a bucket or sizeable container, fill it with water and your favorite wetsuit cleaner, and toss the suit in.

Bonus note: wetsuit shampoo is expensive. Baby shampoo is a cheap alternative that won’t leave harsh chemicals in your suit, or in the ocean at your next paddle-out.

Step 3: Hang Dry

Don’t dry your suit in the sun. It may seem like a good idea, but the direct heart will also ruin the neoprene. Think of putting a rubber band in the sun. Eventually, just like your wetsuit, the material’s stretch and hold will be compromised. So, keep it in a cool and dry place.

Bonus note two: a dehumidifier in a small space is a super fast way to get your suit dry as timely as possible. 30 minutes with the de-hugh, turn back from inside-out, and repeat.

It’s a pain in the butt to do this every single time if you surf a lot, so find a balance. Definitely rinse it every time, at least, and you’ll double your suit’s life. Wash it every couple of trips to the ocean. If you surf every day, it’s pretty bothersome to do this every single time–unless it’s your company’s job, we HAVE to! 

Now that I think about it, I can see why those wetsuit purchases are so often. Who wants to do laundry every day?