Cleaning Your Suit
A competition suit is an investment that should last several competitions. When cleaning your suit, it is important to follow a few simple steps to keep it clean and in good condition.
Step 1 Rinsing
When you get home or back to the hotel from your day of competing, it is important to rinse out your suit. You do not need to use soap at this point unless you have it on hand. Using cold water, run your suit under the water to allow any excess tanner and sweat to rinse out of the suit. Gently squeeze out any excess water but do not wring out the suit. Lay it flat on a towel to dry. Do not put a wet suit into a plastic bag!
Step 2 Washing
Now it is time to wash your suit. Fill a sink half full with cold water and a mild laundry detergent like Woolite or Dreft. Remove any padding in the top and hand wash it separately. Submerge the suit into the soapy water and swish it around. Use your thumbs to rub on stubborn tanning or glue areas. If you have a spot that will not come out, use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the spot. Once this step is finished IMMEDIATELY remove the suit from the water and rinse it. DO NOT LET THE SUIT SOAK FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME!!! This will loosen the crystals and possible fade the fabric. Once removed, gently squeeze out the excess water.
Step 3 Drying
Now it is time to dry your suit. I like to take an old towel and lay it out on my kitchen table. Lay the wet suit on the towel and roll it up. I like to let it sit like this for about 20 minutes. the towel will pull out any excess water. After the 20 minutes are up, unroll the suit and lay it flat on a dry towel to air dry. If you are in a hurry you can place a fan near it to speed up the drying process.
Step 4 Storing
Storing your suit is a very important part of the process. Be sure the suit is completely dry before placing it in a protective plastic bag or the suit will mold. I choose plastic because it will protect the suit from any spill that may happen near it. Be sure to put the padding back into the top. If your suit has crystal connectors on it , arrange the suit so the connectors are laying flat. A bent connector has a much better chance of breaking. Keep the suit out of the reach of children and/or pets.