Do you get frustrated when your favorite swimsuit deteriorates and becomes stretched out?
Everyone has experienced it. The feeling of content as you find the perfect swimsuit.
After months and months of shopping. Too many fitting rooms to count. And hours of strenuous exercising, you’re finally ready to make a splash in that perfectly fitting, flattering swimsuit.
Unfortunately, the euphoria of owning your new perfect suit lasts just about a month into summer. That’s when you begin to notice that your suit that had once beautiful and so bright is now starting to look dull. In spite of this, the elastic doesn’t seem to hug your figure like it used to.
What’s more, your perfect swimsuit is already starting to sag. And in all the wrong places. There is still some time left before summer is over the horizon.
So, what do you do? Chalk it up as a loss to another inevitable case of chlorine damage? Do you hit the stores to search for the not so quite excellent replacement?
Let’s face it, over time your swimwear will deteriorate. However, you can prolong its life by reducing the amount of exposure to chemicals, oils, and the sun. By the end of this article, you will be able to extend the life of your swimsuit without it deteriorating.
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Maybe you want to double the life of your swimsuit, but don’t know how. And that’s ok. You’re in the right place.
All swimwear should come with specific care instructions when you purchase your new suit. Then again, these instructions can be easily misplaced or become detached from your swimsuit. Keep reading to learn how to keep your suit in the best condition for as long as possible.
Swimsuit Dos and Don’ts
Swimsuits aren’t inexpensive. So when you find the perfect suit, you want to make sure it lasts longer than a season. To keep your swimsuit looking good for seasons to come, care for it using the following tips:
- Avoid getting sunscreen on your suit – sunscreen can discolor your swimwear
- Be cautious in spas or heated pools as these have extra chemicals, which can shorten the lifespan of your swimwear
- Hang your suit to dry naturally inside or in the shade to ensure it’s fully dry before your next wear
- Remove any dirt or sand from your suit as soon as possible
- Rinse your swimwear after swimming – wear it in the shower when you get out, but don’t use any shower gels
- Rinse again by hand in cold water after removing your swimwear
- Avoid leaving your swimsuit rolled up in a towel after use – this allows more time for the chlorine to settle into the fabric. And also allows bacteria to breed (Gross!)
- To get rid of wrinkles in your bathing suit, rinse the suit in water and the wrinkles should fall out
- Never use chlorine bleach on your swimwear. Even if your suit is chlorine resistant, it doesn’t mean that the suit is absolutely chlorine resistant
On the other hand, any swimwear containing Lycra or Nylon has limited resistance to chlorinated water. So it needs to have extra care. Because Lycra is a memory fabric, your swimwear will need 24 hours drying time to return to its original shape. This will stop your suit from stretching.
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Washing your swimsuit
To avoid ruining your swimwear, most manufacturers recommend that you hand wash your swimwear. But who really has time for that?
Be sure to wash your swimsuit after each and every wear. Even if you don’t step into the water. According to Marysia Reeves, designer of Marysia Swim, “sunscreens contain ingredients that can be damaging to the fabric and can lead to the eventual breakdown of the material.”
You don’t want that, do you? Of course not.
The first thing to remember, don’t just throw your swimwear with your everyday laundry into the washing machine. Put your swimsuit into mesh laundry bags (aka lingerie bags). Washing machines can be harsh on bathing suits.
For one thing, the suit straps wrap around the spindle. Or get wrapped up with other clothing. Without a doubt, putting your suits in a laundry bag will ensure they will get cleaned. And won’t get tangled up with other clothes.
In this case, set your machine right. Adjust the settings to cold water on delicate. Cold water is easier on clothing. Undeniably, the delicate setting uses a lower spin speed with a gentler washing motion. This won’t damage your swimwear and will prevent pilling.
If you have a stain, blot the suit with cool water. Try to get the stain up instead of washing your entire suit. However, if the stain is dry, don’t pick at it. If you do you can scratch at some of the fabric dye. So leave it alone until you can hand wash it.
Drying your swimsuit
Never put swimwear in the dryer. Indeed, that’s the quickest way to ruin your new investment. Instead, lay the suit flat on a towel.
To dry your swimsuit, simply hang it on a hanger on the shower rod. If you want to hang it on a clothing line that’s fine just as long as you don’t hang it in direct sunlight. Be sure to lay your bathing suit flat to avoid wrinkles.
Alternate your swimsuits.
If these care instructions are followed, then your swimsuit will last as long as you love it and want to wear it. Keep in mind that if you start with a good quality suit, it’ll last longer. Also, remember to alternate your suits. Avoid using the same swimsuit more than once in 24 hours.
Think performance. For example, if you’re a frequent swimmer and live in a swimsuit. Choose a high-end quality swimsuit that will fit your level of activity and comfort. It’ll last longer.
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