Your snorkel gear is one of the most critical pieces of equipment that you’ll take with you when you head to the water. It’s important that this gear is always in good condition and cleaned whenever possible. Snorkel gear can get dirty as soon as it’s used from a combination of particles caught in the hose and kelp or coral growing on it. These small particles can accumulate over time, clogging up the breathing holes and affecting your ability to breathe. Snorkel sets usually are supplied with a brush to help clean them out. This is fine for a few uses but if you find this isn’t working for you, give this method a go instead.
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Step 1: Open up your snorkel, and if there is debris in it, take it out.
Step 2: Get a bucket filled with warm water. The warmer the water, the easier the salt can be removed from your equipment, but this isn’t an essential step, so if you can’t use warm water, then go cold. Don’t use any soap or detergents as these will affect how the equipment will work in the water later on.
Step 3: Place the snorkel into the bucket of water and leave it for a few minutes. The salt will dissolve in the water and make it easier to get out of the holes on your equipment. You should start to see a cloudy substance in the bucket, which is all salt and any other particles stuck inside your gear when you put it into the water.
Step 4: After a few minutes, take your gear out of the bucket and scrub away any residue left inside it with the brush that came with your kit. Then rinse with clean water until there is no more salt or dirt left on it. Leave to dry.
Keeping your snorkel gear clean doesn’t need to be difficult. These simple steps will help you keep your equipment in tip-top shape and ready for use at a moment’s notice.
Other ways to clean snorkel gear:
-Many people will put their snorkel in the dishwasher to clean it, but this is not a good idea. The dishwasher heats the water and could damage your equipment if left in there for too long.
-Use a nail brush to get the dirt out of the holes.
-Use vinegar and lemon juice to clean your snorkel or mask. Not only will this help remove residue from your gear, but it can also act as a natural disinfectant. Adding a few drops of vinegar (white vinegar) will also help in the deep water to help you breathe better.
How to prevent salt build up in snorkel gear:
-Salt is best removed by using a toothbrush.
-Once the salt is removed, allow your snorkel to dry thoroughly. Once air runs through the holes, it will help them dry faster.
-If you keep your snorkel in a bag and take it with you on boat trips, allow the gear to dry after you get home so that it doesn’t fill with water again.
As you can see, snorkel gear is a big part of your gear, and you should make sure to keep this in a clean and fresh condition. This article shows you how to prevent salt buildup and how to remove it using warm water. It also shows you many other ways to clean your equipment, such as using vinegar or lemon juice with minimal effort. Follow the simple steps in this article, and your snorkel will stay cleaner for longer than before.