Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How To Properly Wash Swimsuits

1.Start with a good quality swimsuit and it will last longer Many companies now use chlorine resistant fabrics. Robby Len, Jantzen. and T.H.E. Swimwear are some I carry at Laraine's. If the suit is Chlorine resistant it will be included in the description. Chlorine still can harm these swimsuits it will just take longer. Also buying a suit with more spandex content is good. The suit will hold its shape better and help you hold yours.

2. Wash the swimsuit by hand with a mild soap after every use.
Plain water does not remove the chlorine or salt water.

3.Never wash your suit in a washing machine.
Just gently hand wash it in the sink and hang it indoors to dry. The washing machine will breakdown the lycra and ruin some of the bra cups that are sewn into many swimsuits.

4. Do not dry your swimsuit in the sun or in a dryer.
The sun and the dryer are both hard on the lycra and spandex in your suit. The sun will speed fading and both will cause the breakdown of the elastic quality of your swimwear.

5.Alternate swimsuits
Try and give your swimsuits at least 24 hours to dry before reusing. The spandex is a memory yarn. The swimsuit needs the 24 hrs to go back to its original shape. This will help stop the problem where your suit keeps getting longer.

6.Be careful where you sit, lay, and lean
Pool sides and many decks are rough so you don't slip. It may not feel rough to the touch but your suit will find it rough. It will run and pick the bottom of your suit or the front if your leaning over the edge. Take the extra second to sit or lay on a towel. Your bathing suit will last longer and you'll be happier. I remember a few years ago I had a black Bikini and sat apparently in some pool chemicals and didnt know it. It ate right thru my bottoms without actually making a hole, but still embarrassingly sheer!

7.Sunbathing for the sun worshipper
When possible do your sunbathing before you swim. The sun and water combination makes your suit wear out quicker. If swimming first is what you prefer and your able to- change into a dry suit to do your sunbathing.

8.Hot tubs
What can I say. Hot tubs are extremely hard on swimsuits and will destroy them quickly. The Bromine used and the extreme heat will fade and stretch your suit out faster than anything else. I have seen it happen in one wearing. So when alone wear a bathing suit your tired of then clean it like I recommended above. Be sure and wash and rinse it very well to get all of the chemicals out. Several of mine and erik's swimsuits have been "yellowed" from Hot Tubs.


Obviously I read all of the above elsewhere and paraphrased etc otherwise it would be full of mistakes. ha Anyway... I got the cutest swimsuit at wal-mart of all places past weekend ($15) so I was reading about how to keep care of them and thought I would share.


Happy Pool Days!


1 comment:

grizaham said...

I prefer to just throw them away once used and buy another one. Kinda like socks. :)

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