Everything starts and ends with washing swimsuits. Regardless of the price, functions and features of your bathing suit, unless properly cared for, the material will deteriorate and you will be forced to get a new bathing suit soon.
So learn how to wash a swimsuit to make it last longer and look better.
The Secret of Washing Swimsuits – 3 Important Rules Towards Longer-Lasting Suit
It is all about doing the right things and avoiding the wrong. I guess as with everything in our lives 🙂
Whether you care for a chlorine resistant swimwear or a swimsuit made of nylon/lycra material, the same instruction applies. This is a general guide on washing swimsuits that can be applied to every single bathing suit out there.
Step-By-Step Instruction on How to Wash a Swimsuit
The way you treat your swimsuit can either extend or reduce the lifespan of it.
So it is important to follow the do’s and avoid the dont’s mentioned below.
Step Nr. 1 – Rinse
It is important to rinse your swimsuit right after each use (whether in water or not). Just prepare cool clean (tap) water and rinse the suit as soon as possible. You can also take a cool shower with your swimsuit on as it would be the easiest and fastest way of rinsing it off.
It is due to the fact that the body perspiration, sunscreens, salt, and chlorine contain substances that react with the elastic fibers and are harmful to the swimwear material. Unless rinsed out, they lead to discoloration, stretch, and breakdown of the fine fabric fibers changing its shape and reducing the lifespan of your swimsuit.
If you use lotions based on minerals and oils, improper rinse of the swimwear can result in the suit getting yellowish or stained gradually.
In the ideal world – soaking your swimsuit in cool water for half an hour will do the trick of removing the majority of harmful substances. But if you don’t have this time – rinse the bathing suit well as described above.
But remember that neither proper rinsing nor soaking for half an hour remove all of the harmful substances, therefore, proper and correct handwash is needed.
Step Nr. 2 – Hand Wash
Any swimsuit requires hand wash and it does matter how do you handwash your bathing suit. Prepare cold water with a tablespoon (or even less than that) of mild soap or cleanser (or a capful of white vinegar). Turn your swimwear inside out and soak it for up to half an hour. Afterwards, gently swish it for few minutes followed by rinsing it with cool water.
The detergent you choose is in fact very important, as well. The majority of detergents are too severe for elastic swimsuits leading to color fading. Instead, mild soap or special detergent should be used. There are available cleaners created for delicate or highly-elasticated fabrics. Suchlike detergents are designed to protect the color and remove any harmful substances without destroying the fibers.
Step Nr. 3 – Dry
Take a clean and dry towel and gently roll your swimwear in it. Remember to lightly press it occasionally while rolling to get rid of the excess water. Avoid leaving the swimsuit in the towel as it is a great place for bacteria to breed.
Don’t wring out the bathing suit as it could lead to destroying the fine Lycra fibers.
When you are done, just let the swimsuit dry flat in a shade. Direct sunlight causes discoloration and damages elastic fibers.
If you are in a lack of time for flat drying, you can use your hairdryer on cool air mode.
Dont’s in Caring for a Swimsuit – What to Avoid to Increase the Life of Your Swimwear
There are certain things you should avoid to keep your bathing suit in tiptop shape.
- never put your swimwear in machine or dryer as they tend to weaken the elastane fibers leading to the loss of shape and fabric breakdown. In addition, the color of the swimsuit is more likely to run thus.
- never iron, bleach or dry clean your swimsuit.
- avoid getting in contact with rough surfaces as it could develop pilling and snagging effect in your swimsuit. Most areas around the pool and decks are designed to prevent you from slipping. Even though they don’t seem to be rough, they are, especially for your swimsuit. So whenever you wish to sit, lay down a towel so your swimwear is protected.
- avoid taking a hot shower with your bathing suit on as it could lead to deteriorated rubber. Rubber is usually used in the arm and leg openings.
- avoid soaking your bathing suit overnight as the fibers could get looser thus.
- avoid drying your swimsuit in direct sunlight as it could lead to color fading.
- avoid hanging your swimwear for drying as it could misshape the garment. Besides that, if there is a metal rod, a rust mark could occur on your swimming suit and it is impossible to get rid of it.
- avoid using washing powder as it could remain in the bathing suit leaving stain marks.
Tips for a Longer-Lasting Swimsuit
You can make your swimsuit last-longer just by keeping in mind a few tips.
Follow the tips stated below and you will be able to enjoy your gorgeous bathing suit longer.
- Your swimsuit deserves a break. It is a wise idea to have several swimsuits and rotate them. It is due to the fact that elastic fibers need to rest for at least 24 hours to return to its initial shape.
- Pay attention to the sequence of your activities. The worst combination for your swimsuit is the combination of pool chemicals, body perspiration, and sunscreen ingredients. So if possible – better to sunbathe in the beginning and only then swim.
- There are things to consider before enjoying the hot tub. The increased heat together with excessive chemicals of the hot tub results in a very fast color fading and loss of shape. So either you should wear an older bathing suit, rinse the suit very quickly after the hot tub or choose chlorine resistant swimsuits. I would even suggest opting for a chlorine proof swimsuit (made of 100% polyester) for this activity to make sure it holds up well against the extreme conditions of the hot tub.
- Think function-wise. If you are a Sunday-swimmer wearing your swimsuit just a few times during a season or putting it on only for tanning, perhaps a cheaper bathing suit option could be the right one. Otherwise, don’t save on the swimwear. Quality costs money and well-made functional swimsuit will be more expensive. But it will last longer, look nicer and fit better.
I hope you are not afraid of washing swimsuits. I agree it could seem like a time-consuming and difficult task but once done – it will get in your bones 🙂
It is all about knowing the nuances of how to wash a swimsuit to extend its serving time. And there is nothing more than just to follow the do’s and dont’s mentioned above.
It is proven that gentle love and pampering significantly increase the life of your bathing suit.
But how do you wash your swimsuit? Is there any other tip or trick you could share with us?