Tips on caring for your swimwear
If you have taken the time to find the perfect bathing suit or have invested a lot of money in purchasing professional swimwear taking good care of your swimming attire is essential. Here are our top tips on taking care of your swimwear.
- Washing. Always make sure you know the materials your swimwear is made from so you can wash it accordingly. The most common materials used in swimware are; cotton, nylon, polyester, spandex or lycra and chlorine-resistant fabrics. In order to make sure that harmful chemicals that can fade and deteriorate swimming costumes are removed you should rinse the swimwear immediately after use. The swimwear should then be hand-washed in cool water using a mild detergent. Washing machines are unsuitable for swimware as they can be destructive to elements such as elastic straps, padding and other decorative elements.
- Drying. When drying your swimwear you should never wring it to expunge excess water as this can easily damage the delicate fibres used to make it. Instead lay the swimwear flat between towels, roll the towels up and gently press to get rid of the extra water. Similarly you should also avoid hanging the swimwear up to dry (particularly bathing suits) as water pooling at the bottom can easily stretch the fabric, causing your swimwear to lose its shape. Dry all swimware on a flat surface and out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. You should also never use electric dryers as the heat can damage and melt the delicate materials used to make the garments.
- Alternate Swimwear. To get the most longevity out of your swimware avoid using the same garment more than once in 24 hours. Giving your swimware time to rest will help it thoroughly dry out and return to its original shape and size without risk of it becoming baggy or stretched.
- Avoid sunbathing in your swimsuit. The sun’s rays are particularly damaging to swimware and will quickly cause fading.
- Avoid hot tubs. Particularly damaging to swimwear, hot tubs contain bromine and are heated to extreme temperatures which will quickly fade and stretch your swimware.
- Avoid oils. Oils found in sun creams and tanning lotions are damaging to your swimming garments and will cause their elasticity to break down meaning they are unable to hold their shape.
If you have any questions on caring for your swimwear contact us for advice from one of our swimming experts!