I've only had a cool suit for a few months, and should've done something about this sooner, but... My cool suit quit working last time out, and upon inspection it seems to have some blockage in the lines. I blew compressed air through them, which seems to have fixed it for now.
In the future, I need to do something to prevent things from growing inside the lines. I have a swimming pool, and for now I'm using that water in the cool suit, which should help. But when I add ice, that will replace the pool water with tap water.
I suspect there's a chemical I could add from time to time to maintain the insides of the cool suit. But what would that be? Chlorine? Vinegar?
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A waterbed supply store also has what you need. As well, I have alwasy run a little alcohol (like a couple ounces with the rest water) in my systems when being used and then do the splash of beach (capful) and water to clean out before and after using. All of those ways have worked just fine for me.
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Whew. I thought that you were talking about algae growth inside the shirt and was looking for a better deodorant. Euwww.
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Cool Shirt does not recommend using bleach to clean out the lines - the bleach can eventually deteriorate the medical tubing sewn on the shirt. Here's what they recommend:
1) COOL SHIRT« : Turn the shirt inside out and wash in washing machine on the gentle cycle in warm or cold water.
2) To prevent scum buildup and algae growth, once per month or just before longterm storage, add 8 ounces of rubbing alcohol to the cooling unit with 1 gallon of water and circulate through the hose and shirt (or use their Maintenance additive). Or Drain the hose and shirt with the Universal Connector & Drain kit (Part# UK1).
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I save my empty shock bags from the pool. Even empty they keep the water pump and shirts clear. I have been doing it for years. Since I burn leaded gas ,I feel like this is my green contribution to mother earth. I just put a empty bag in before the Ice and it keeps it fresh as a day in may for the weekend. If you blow out the shirts before long term storage that will also keep them from getting furry.