Even though you usually use your snorkel gear in shallow waters to see coral and other marine species, it can acquire grit and grime over time which may cause it to be damaged. Keeping your snorkel gear clean and in a good shape is important to remember to do so after each outing. Here are some tips on how to clean and maintain your snorkel gear.
Pack them Safely
If you’re going to travel to the beach with your snorkeling gear, make sure that you put them in a safe place in your luggage. You can wrap the mask in layers of clothing to avoid it from being scratched. If you still have its box, it’s better if you place it there. You should also avoid placing sharp and hard objects together with your snorkeling gear as these may cause them damage. If you’re using a soft bag, place the mask at the center part of the bag and put the fins and shoes on the sides which will serve as protective frames.
Cleaning The Mask
Since the mask is the part that helps you see underwater, keeping it clear is important. Some manufacturers will tell you to avoid scrubbing them because it can damage the special coating on the lens. After an outing, you should immerse it in warm water with soap, then rinse it with fresh water afterward. This will help you remove the sand and other debris that is stuck in it. You should also make sure that you’re able to take off all the sand bits and shells when you clean it as these can cause permanent scratches. If there’s difficulty in getting rid of the sand that was stuck, you can use a soft sponge to remove them. If your mask has a glass lens, you can clean it using a small amount of non-gel toothpaste. For plastic lenses, you can use baby shampoo dissolved in water to clean them.
Cleaning The Snorkel
Cleaning the snorkel is very important because you use it to breathe and you put it in your mouth. After using it, wash it with warm water and dish soap. You can use a thin brush to clean the inside part of it. Run water inside it to remove sands and other dirt that may be stuck. Then, make sure to rinse it with water thoroughly to remove the soap. After washing it, let it dry. The snorkel should be treated gently because the breathing tube can break. When you store it, consider placing it in a separate mesh bag. Also, avoid placing it on direct sunlight as this can make it brittle.
Cleaning The Fins
You can clean the fins using dish detergent in a bucket of water. Scrub both the inside and outside of it. Make sure that you’re able to remove the debris like shells to avoid your feet being scratched when you use them again. When you plan on using your snorkeling gear multiple times in a day, make sure that you wash it with fresh tap water every after snorkeling. This will help get rid of the salt before it forms into crystals.
Just like any other equipment, storing your snorkel gear properly will also help make it last for a long time. Make sure that you store them in a cool and dry place away from sunlight that can make the rubber and plastic become brittle. Well ventilated storage is great for your snorkel gear to avoid moisture that can lead to the formation of molds and mildew. You can also store your gear in mesh bags which you can hang on a hook that allows it to dry quickly. Once dry, you can also place them in airtight containers, where your gear will be protected from the elements.
Cleaning and maintaining snorkel gear is easy. It will only take a few minutes from your time and you will be able to use it for years to come. It will also save you money and the time to find and replace equipment or worse break down in the middle of an adventure.