Equipment Care Instructions

To ensure maximum performance and extend the life of your equipment, follow the care instructions below. Defects or damage to the equipment caused by improper/incorrect use or insufficient/improper maintenance and product care will render our Warranty Policy null and void.

Fins

  • Avoid pressing your blades against any hard surfaces (e.g. bottom of a pool or the pool wall).
  • Avoid jumping into the water while wearing your fin/s - it is recommended to put the fins on after you are already in the water.
  • Rinse in fresh water after use.
  • Avoid storing in direct sunlight, store in the shade instead.
  • Avoid leaving fin/s in hot, dry, enclosed places (e.g. inside a car that’s in direct sunlight).
  • Store horizontally on a surface or vertically in a fin rack.
  • Wait until fin/s are dry before placing them in a bag or in storage.
  • Use Silicone Grease on open-heel foot pockets to extend the life of your foot pockets.

Wetsuits

  • Wetsuits must be thoroughly rinsed in fresh water directly after every dive. If you do not have a chance to do so directly after diving, leave your wetsuit in a bag with some sea water. Do not let salt water dry on your wetsuit and do not machine wash.
  • After rinsing in fresh water, allow your wetsuit to air dry. Do not dry your wetsuit in the sun, near a fire, near central heating systems, or in a clothes dryer.
  • If you will be wearing a wetsuit for a long time under the sun, it is recommended to put on a protective nylon t-shirt over it.
  • From time to time your wetsuit should be washed using a wetsuit-specific shampoo. Follow directions closely. Remove grease, oil, and other stains using a wetsuit-specific degreaser. Never use petroleum products on your wetsuit.
  • Store your dry wetsuit in a cool, dry place and avoid folding it for excessive periods. Folding a wetsuit for short-term transport is acceptable, otherwise it is recommended to lay it flat or hang it on a hanger that does not stretch out the wetsuit. Avoid storing in direct sunlight.
  • If you tear your wetsuit, use Neoprene Cement to repair it, which is commercially available at most diving centers or watersports stores. Follow the instructions carefully. Never sew smooth skin seams. Fabric finished surfaces can be loop stitched, but avoid stitching completely through to the opposite surface. If you have doubts about repairing your wetsuit, contact us by email at info@molchanovs.com and we will happily assist you.

Masks

  • Molchanovs masks contain plastic (polycarbonate) lenses and should not be “pre-treated” with toothpaste or burned with a lighter. Doing so will damage the lenses.
  • Keep the mask away from dirt and grease.
  • After diving, soak and rinse the mask thoroughly in lukewarm fresh water, let it air dry fully out of direct sunlight, and keep it stored inside the original case.
  • Do not use any rough or sharp items to rub the inner and outer parts of the mask lens. It is recommended to use an anti-fog spray to keep the inner part of the lenses from fogging when diving.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight when not in use.

Apparel

  • Wash apparel and swimsuits with a gentle laundry detergent by hand or use a washing machine with cold or lukewarm water.
  • Air-drying in the shade is preferred to avoid fabric shrinkage and color fading.
  • To iron, use a low to medium heat setting on fabric turned inside-out or underneath a pressing cloth.

Buoys

  • Do not leave a fully-inflated buoy under direct sunlight or in a hot car.
  • Do not attach ropes to the buoy handle; attach only to the D-ring.
  • To avoid overinflation, it is recommended to inflate the buoy using your mouth instead of a pump.

Lanyards

  • Diving in icy conditions may cause damage to the spring inside of the carabiner if not opened correctly. Underwater, the carabiner can be opened and closed as normal. Above water, assume that the carabiner spring is iced-over due to frigid air temperatures and place it back into the water to de-ice before opening.