Regular cleaning with the GEAR AID Wet Suit & Dry Suit Shampoo prevents chlorine and salt damage and keeps suits looking and feeling like new (see right half of photo below).
Step 1: Find two clean large tubs – one for washing and one for deodorizing. Fill both tubs with enough warm or cold water to submerge your suit. To the first tub, add 2 capfuls (1/2 oz) of Wet Suit & Dry Suit Shampoo per gallon of water.
Step 2: Give your suit a good scrub to eliminate saltwater, chlorine, sweat, urine and other residue. Regular cleaning maintains suit suppleness, keeps colors bright and eases suit entry.
Step 3: For preventative maintenance for odors mix a ½ oz. of MiraZyme odor eliminator per 20 gallons of water in a second tub. If there are strong odors present, we recommend 1 oz. of MiraZyme per 5 gallons of water in the second tub.
Step 4: Dip suit to saturate all areas. Remove from tub. Do NOT rinse.
Step 5: Hang suit to dry on a flexible, padded wet suit hanger. As the suit dries, MiraZyme™ does its work - consuming organic matter such as hair, mold, mildew, as well as algae, bacteria, pollution, waste matter and urine, leaving your suit odor-free.
As soon as you mix MiraZyme with water, this activates the microbes. At that point, the microbes begin eating away at themselves and odor causing bacteria. That said, MiraZyme is most effective immediately after it has been mixed since most of the microbes are still alive. As time progresses they consume themselves and the solution becomes less effective. Make sure that you are soaking the item immediately after mixing with water and you are not using an older mix or pre-mixed solution.
Also, the longer the item is able to air dry, the longer the microbes are able to do their job. Heat will kill the microbes and rinsing will wash them away. That said, do not rinse the item once you have soaked it and try your best to dry the item in a cool environment out of direct sun light.
Originally Published: Apr 3, 2015