Looking for the perfect swimsuit can be a struggle, but once you find it, you have to make sure that it can last longer than one season. There are a few things you have to take into consideration if you want to prolong the life of your swimsuit.
How To Care For Your Swimsuit
- Rinse after use
- Wash after every wear
- Don’t machine wash
- Avoid dryers!
Rinse after use
Don’t allow your swimsuit to completely dry up after you’ve taken a swim in it. You should always rinse off your swimsuit immediately to wash off the salt water or chlorine, so these elements don’t ruin the fabric of your suit. Do this even when you’re having breaks between swimming and when you’ve finished. There are usually showers nearby that you can use while wearing your swimsuit anyway.
Wash after every wear
It’s important to properly wash your swimsuit after every wear to remove the bacteria from the sea or chlorine from the pool. Even if you wear your swimsuit to the beach but don’t end up swimming in it, you should still wash it. The reason is that bodily fluid, like sweat, and sunscreen can cause yellow and gradual stains over time.
Don’t machine wash
The best cleaning method for your swimsuit is to hand wash it. Avoid putting your swimsuit into the washing machine as the agitation is harsh for the fabric fibres, wearing it down quicker. Instead, hand wash it in cold water with a mild detergent on its own.
Just like the washing machine, tumble dryers are harsh on swimsuits, especially as it dries with heat and agitation. Putting it in the dryer will weaken your suits elasticity and also distort its shape. Instead, let your swimsuit naturally drip dry or dry flat. Avoid drying in direct sunlight as this can cause the colour to fade.