In order to insure that your Snorkeling Equipment lasts a long time, you will have to take care of each piece of your gear. Keeping it like new will take some careful steps on your part. It is worth the effort as it will last you many more years.
The mask is a very important part of the gear, when you clean and maintain your equipment. In order to keep your mask in tip top shape after each snorkeling trip, clean your mask with a mild detergent and clean tap water. Make sure there are no salt remaining in the mask from salt water trips and no dirt from the fresh water trips. You can use a small soft brush, like a soft toothbrush, if necessary to remove salt deposits. After the mask is air dried, store it in a mask case.
The most important part of your gear is the snorkel. Keeping it clear and free of holes is important as you breathe out of it. Always rinse with clear water after use and let dry. When returning from your trip rinse in warm, soapy tap water and let it air dry. Store it in a cool, dry place, not in a hot attic or damp basement.
The fins need good care in order to last a long time. The Fins should be rinsed in clear water and let dry. If you have snorkeled in salt water especially make sure any clasps are unhooked and rinsed to be free of salt water. Otherwise, salt deposits will build up and make them unable to work. It is very important to take care of the boots in your snorkeling equipment which are fitted inside your fins. You should rinse the boots because most likely they have zippers, and this is where the salt deposits will corrode and damage the zippers. To keep the fins well shaped, make sure you place the plastic formed fitters inside after the fins are dry. This will help the fins maintain their shape. Store in a cool dry place and if you have boots with the fins, store them separately.
If you have gloves with your gear, you should hand wash them and let them dry. Your wetsuit can be hand washed in a mild detergent after rinsing with cool tap water. You should allow your wetsuit to soak for a little while after you have rinsed it thoroughly. Most of all make sure there is no salt left in the suit and concentrate on any zippers on the suit as salt will cling to this area and this will insure the proper care of your snorkeling equipment.