Top 8 Tips To Make Your Favourite Swimsuit Last Longer

Top 8 Tips To Make Your Favourite Swimsuit Last Longer

Hot water and chlorine are hard on swimsuits. Swimsuits aren’t cheap and a perfect one is very hard to find. So when you find the perfect one you’ll want to wear for years…

Avoid the things you might be doing to your bathing suit that could actually shorten its lifespan.

Damages happen largely because suits are made of spandex or other stretchy fabrics — materials that can react badly to hot tub chemicals or the heat of the sun.  The fabric that makes them cling just right to your body makes them vulnerable to heat and harsh chemcials.

To keep your suit looking good for years to come, care for it using these top 8 tips:

1. Rinse as soon as possible!

Sunblock and the body’s oils can do damage. Rinse immediately after being in a hot tub or pool that uses chlorine.

2. Hand Wash

Hand washing is highly recommended. The problem with washing machines is that they agitate all the delicate parts (like the cups, padding, ties). All this movement can damage a delicate suit, leaving things bunched, stretched or otherwise ill-fitting.

3. Soap Up

Always wash a swimsuit with mild hand soap. Either way, a standard laundry detergent is too harsh. Make sure you rinse all soapy soap out.

4. Dry Off

Hanging a swimsuit (especially by the ties) can stretch it out.  Instead, lay the suit out on a towel, roll the towel up and squeeze gently, then lay your swimsuit out to dry. Avoid drying it in the sunshine, which can fade the colo. Always dry the suit out completely before putting it away.

5. Rotate Suits

If you’re on vacation or wearing bathing suits, it’s essential to have more than one, so that each suit has 24 hours to bounce back, not to mention time to wash and dry it completely.

6. Keep Cool

Hot water is bad for swimwear. Never wash your bathing suit in hot water. Avoid too many dips in the hot tub with a favourite suit.

7. Prep a New Suit

A 30-minute soak in a vinegar and water mixture (one tablespoon white vinegar per quart of water) should prevent dye from bleeding. Especially important if you’re wearing a new suit in a hot tub.

8. Sit On A Towel

Whenever you’re sitting on the ground next to the hot tub or pool, on a wooden bench, or on any other rough surface, try to sit on a towel. Those seats can snag and tear the material. If carrying a towel 24/7 seems too high maintenance, simply wrap-up in a sarong when you leave your lounge chair. You’ll never even have to think about where you’re sitting.