How many times has this happened to you? You invest in the perfect bathing suit, only to find it stretched out and faded after a few short months. Good news: these problems are totally preventable! By following these simple washing, drying, and storage tips, your suits are sure to live a long and stylish life under the sun.
Rinse Before and After Every Use
DO: rinse your suit immediately after wearing to help reduce the effect of chemicals, like chlorine, sunscreen, and sand, which can harm the elasticity of the fabric. Taking a shower before heading to the pool or beach is a bonus, as this will remove substances, such as perfume, perspiration, and lotion, that can cause deterioration.
DON’T: sunbath after swimming, as the combination of the sun and chemicals can accelerate the deterioration process.
DO: wash in cold water, massaging your suit with a small amount of mild detergent to remove any dirt and chemicals. Let soak for about 15 minutes.
DON’T: wring or twist the suit, as this can damage delicate fibers and cause the suit to lose its shape.
DO: place the suit in a protective mesh bag to minimize damage or the possibility of stretching or twisting. Wash on a delicate, cold cycle with other delicates to prevent the suit from over agitation. A suit should only be washed in a machine after four to five weeks.
DON’T: put suits with embellishments into the washer.
DO: lay your suit flat, in a well-ventilated area, to dry.
DON’T: put the suit in direct sunlight, as this will cause fading. Also avoid hang drying since water can collect at the bottom and stretch the fabric.
DO: store your suit flat on a shelf or lined box to preserve the shape.
DON’T: put your wet suit in a plastic bag, unless you like mildew.