What is your process for cleaning your regulator set?

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asked Jun 24, 2018 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
edited Jun 24, 2018 by frontbeast
Do you "just" rinse it and wash it under water or do you let it soak... If yes, how long?

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answered Jun 26, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
For cleaning after a day of diving, I make sure the dust cap is in place on the first stage and submerge in a mixture of Dawn and water swishing around a few times and then place in fresh water while I wash the rest of my gear. I wash Regs first then masks, then BCD then fins and wetsuits in that order rinsing with plenty of fresh water. I have a small air conditioned shop where I place everything to dry before stowing away.
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answered Jun 28, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)

 For all regulators except Sherwood brand regulators, I soak the entire regulator in warm water to dissolve any remaining salt crystals. For Sherwood regulators, soak only the second stages (primary, octopus, airsource, inflator). The salt crystals will corrode your regulator over time resulting in more frequent overhauls to keep it working properly. Make sure you have the dust cap in place on the first stage before soaking. If you forget and don’t have a regulator with a Automatic Closure Device, attach the regulator to a tank and purge the second stages (primary, octopus, airsource, inflator) for about 30 seconds each to remove the water from the regulator. When you are done,  Hang it up... don’t twist the hoses any more than you need to. 

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