A wet suit is a critical part of any scuba diver’s gear. It keeps the diver warm and buoyant in cold water while protecting them from prickly urchins, jellyfish stings, and other hazards of diving.
A wetsuit needs to be cared for properly to ensure it protects you during your next deep dive. Here are some quick tips on how to dry a wetsuit overnight.
How To Dry a Wetsuit Overnight (Pro Tips)
1) If you have a washer and dryer, put the wet suit in a mesh laundry bag to keep it from clogging up your machine. Also, be sure there aren’t any loose objects like keys or coins that could get caught between the drum and washtub during washing.
Then place it inside of your dryer for 60 minutes on low heat. After drying is complete, take out the wetsuit immediately so wrinkles don’t set.
2) Hang dry if possible by suspending the wet suit over hangers with shoulder straps off of wooden poles/furniture legs overnight outside so air can circulate all parts of the suit. You want maximum airflow at this point because water evaporates most efficiently when surrounded by open air.
3) Hang your wet suit upside down by its shoulder seams. If you do not have time to hang it overnight, then use clothespins or floss tied into knots around the legs and arms of your wetsuit so that they remain spread apart from each other while hanging for air circulation purposes.
This will help prevent any wrinkling as well as ensure fast and proper drying.
4) If you don’t have access to either of these, lay the wetsuit out flat with all water pockets open for maximum airflow and speed drying time along. Be sure not to place it near radiators or heaters because this can cause more harm than good by deforming the neoprene material.
5) Use a blow dryer on low heat set on “no-steam” mode if there is no room available where you can hang your wet suit outside during warm weather.
Be sure to keep an eye on the heat your blow dryer is producing. If you notice that it’s getting too hot, take a break from blowing until it cools down to avoid melting or damaging your wetsuit.
6) Place a fan near where you have hung up your wet suit overnight so that air can circulate and help speed up drying time.
7) Dry off saltwater with a towel if there are any areas of the suit still damp after hanging for several hours or overnight. You may also use a handheld hairdryer in this instance if necessary as well.
8) After the suit is dry, be sure to clean any salt crystals that have built up along the neckline and wrist areas. This can irritate when diving if not properly cleaned.
9) Store your wetsuit in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight until next use. Even if it’s been dried off completely, prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun or indoor lighting may lead to neoprene deterioration so don’t take chances with this step.
10) And lastly, always wash your hands after handling a wet suit since they are known for harboring bacteria and germs even after washing as well as drying thoroughly overnight.
How To Hang A Wetsuit To Dry?
Do you have a wetsuit that you are trying to dry? The natural fiber inside the neoprene can become very smelly if not dried out, but there are some good ways to help keep your wetsuit smelling fresh.
One of them is hanging it in your favorite tree outside. The sun will hit the suit well and the air will be able to circulate it. There are some major problems with this method though, for example, your suit may fly away if you forget about it or animals might get into it.
If you’re not ready to sacrifice your wetsuit just yet then try using the hanging method in the bathroom.
Tie it to a towel rack or other sturdy thing you have in your bathroom, but remember not to use anything that will damage the neoprene. Keep in mind that this might make your bathroom smell like rubber for a few days after.
Can You Dry A Wetsuit In The Dryer?
Most wetsuits are made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber. Many of the chemicals used to make neoprene can emit hazardous gases when heated in an enclosed area such as a dryer.
The only way to remove these gases is for them to dissipate over time. If you put your wetsuit in the dryer and turn it on, you could potentially create toxic fumes that may cause sickness or even death if someone were to enter the room while the dryer was running.
Some manufacturers warn against putting their suits in a dryer at all (even with no heat) because it will damage the suit’s material and components. So it’s best not to risk it.
A safer way would be to let your suit air-dry out of direct sunlight. Some say you can put the suit in a tumble dryer for five minutes at the lowest heat, then take it out and hang or lay it flat to dry the rest of the way.
The time spent in the dryer will help to release some of the gas trapped inside, but may not be enough to make it safe for anyone else to enter the room while it’s drying. If there is any doubt about whether or not your wetsuit should go into a dryer, then don’t chance using one.
It’s better that you know your family members are safe than have them complain because they are sick from breathing toxic fumes.
If you are worried about the smell of your wetsuit, then wearing it in the ocean or pool should take care of that problem. The saltwater will also help to clean off any grime and release bad odors.
Can You Spin Dry A Wetsuit In The Washing Machine?
No. Washing machines aren’t designed to spin effectively with items that take up so much space, and there’s a risk of tearing the fabric.
Also, it’s not recommended to wash neoprene in detergents. There are specific products you can buy for washing wetsuits if you’d like to clean them this way instead of hand-washing.
How Long Does It Take For A Wetsuit To Dry?
It depends on the thickness of your wetsuit and how compressed it is. If you need to wear your wetsuit today, try hanging it up in a well-ventilated area (or outside), like a porch or balcony.
For overnight drying, lay your wetsuit flat and make sure there’s room around and above the suit to allow airflow. You can also cut out small squares from an old sheet to cover the openings of the arms and legs as an extra precaution against drafts.
So, there you have it! We hope this article helped give some tips and tricks for how to dry a wetsuit overnight. If not, we would love to hear from you about what worked best for you or if any of these methods helped at all. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts on the matter.