By Norma Mattout
It's the season to embrace your unique style and make a splash with sensational swimwear. Whether you're lounging by the pool, catching waves at the beach, or exploring exotic destinations, your swimwear is your ultimate fashion statement. With summer here, the sun entices us to embrace the water, and it is crucial to ensure our swim suits are in tip-top shape.
To help you keep your swim suits looking fabulous and lasting longer, here are six key prevention-focused tips and tricks.
Tip #1: Rinse After Every Use
After a refreshing dip in the pool or a salty swim in the ocean, always rinse your swimsuit thoroughly with cold water. This simple step helps remove chlorine, salt, sunscreen, and other residues that can damage the fabric over time. Rinse off your suit while wearing it in the shower (yes! this is the easiest way!), or in cold water in the sink.
Tip #2: Hand Wash with Gentle Detergent
To preserve the delicate fibers of your swimsuit, hand wash it with a mild detergent designed specifically for delicates. Gently rub the fabric together and rinse thoroughly. Avoid harsh chemicals and bleach, as they can weaken the fabric and cause colors to fade. (If you are on vacation, shampoo will do the trick if you don't have a mild detergent available. But don't make a habit of this at home).
This Woolite Delicates detergent is just what you need for the perfect wash.
Tip #3: Avoid Wringing or Twisting
When it comes to drying your swimsuit, resist the temptation to wring or twist it. Instead, gently press the excess water out of the fabric using a towel. Excessive twisting can cause the fibers to stretch and lose their shape.
Tip #4: Avoid the Dryer! Air Dry in the Shade
Avoid using a dryer or hanging your swimsuit under direct sunlight, as excessive heat can fade the colors and damage the elasticity (in other words, the elastic will die over time and the fit will be compromised). Instead, lay it flat on a towel or a drying rack and balcony ledge in a shaded area. The cool breeze will naturally dry it while preserving its vibrant appearance.
Tip #5: Watch out for Sunscreen
While sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin, it can be damaging to your swim suit if not properly managed. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before wearing your swimwear to allow it to absorb into your skin fully. This helps minimize the transfer of oils and chemicals that can stain or deteriorate the fabric. When reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, use lotion sunscreen instead of spray, and do your best to avoid getting the lotion on your swimsuit.
Tip #6: Store with Care
When storing your swimsuit, ensure it is completely dry to prevent mildew or odors from developing. Avoid folding it in tight creases or storing it in a plastic bag, as this can trap moisture and promote bacterial growth. Instead, store it flat or hang it in a well-ventilated area. It's also a great idea to organize by folding or rolling your suits in an organizer. We love this one from Target. Keep bikini separates rolled or folded together.
By following these six essential tips, you can ensure your swimsuits stay in great shape season after season. Taking care of your swimsuits is crucial for preserving their lifespan, maintaining their appearance and fit, ensuring hygiene and comfort and promoting sustainable practices. By investing a little time and effort in proper care, you can enjoy your swimwear to the fullest and make a positive impact on your experience. For more care tips or “no no’s,” look here on our website.