How to Care for Your Swimsuit

If you’re like most people, you just toss your swimsuit in the washer and dryer without a second thought.  A few weeks later, though, you’re confused at why it’s stretched out and snagged in different places.  In order to ensure that your suit lasts as long as possible, it is important to properly care for your swimsuit (especially if it’s your favorite).  It is quite easy to care for your suit, just follow these tips and tricks in our Essential Swimsuit Care Guide.

Washing

You should wash your swimsuit by hand after every wear whether or not you swim.  The chlorine in pools can cause your suit to fade, and sunscreen can damage the fabric.  However, you should never put your swimsuit in the washer, as it can destroy your suit.  Laundry detergent is also too rough for most suits, so a gentle soap is preferred (either a gentle hand soap or a detergent meant for delicates will do).  If you shower after each swim (as you should), you can wear your suit into the shower and wash it with body soap while you are still wearing it.  Otherwise, fill a sink up with cold water and soap.  Soak your suit in the sink for about 30 minutes, swirling your suit in the mixture every few minutes.  After the allotted time, rinse your swimsuit with cool water.   

Drying

You also should not put your swimsuit in the dryer, as the heat wears down the elasticity of the fabric.  Instead, lay your suit to dry on a flat surface.  Hanging it up to dry can cause it to stretch or otherwise change its shape.  Do not put it in direct sunlight, as that can cause it to fade.  Do not put it away until it is completely dry.  

Other Tips

Don’t sit on a rough surface such as concrete or wood while wearing your swimsuit, as it may get snagged.  Sit on a towel instead.  

Choose a high quality swimsuit, as it will last longer.  

Alternate swimsuits, as this will give your suit time to return to its original shape.  

Avoid hot tubs, as the heat can cause your suit to stretch and fade.  If you insist on going into the hot tub, wear a suit that you don’t care about as much instead of your adorable brand new one.

Let your sunscreen fully absorb into your skin before putting on your suit to prevent staining.  

Above all, be gentle with your suit.

 

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