At the start of swimsuit season, your swimsuit looks great and fits even better. But over time and with wear, it can fade or lose its shape. However, some things can make this happen faster. Fortunately, there are some easy tricks to keeping swimsuits looking great. Try these tips to ensure your swimsuit stays in tip-top shape all season.
Be Proactive With Pretreating
Believe it or not, the synthetic fibers of swimsuits can become stained and discolored from products like deodorant and sunscreen. But you can protect the fabric by soaking your brand-new swimsuit in a pretreating stain-resisting soak. In addition to the presoak, you can use biodegradable skin care products to wash out materials, even in a gentle cycle wash.
Use the Shower Rinse Areas
It can be tempting to forgo the post-swim shower rinse and just air-dry. But rinsing after a swim is vital for protecting your swimsuit long-term. If you’re swimming in a pool, the chlorine will damage the fibers and cause the colors to fade with repeated exposure. In addition, it’s a good idea to rinse after a dip in the ocean. Saltwater plus sun can equal damage. But a rinse after swimming is an imperfect solution. You’ll need to do more to keep your swimwear in optimal shape.
A Change Will Do You Good
As soon as you can, change out of your swimsuit. Then you’ll want to gently hand wash your swimwear with a gentle detergent in cool water and rinse it again. It might be tempting to wring your swimsuit out, but try to avoid pulling and wringing, which can cause it to lose its shape faster. Instead, roll the swimsuit to help remove excess water after washing. You can roll it up a few times to get some water out, then hang or drape it to dry until you get home.
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Do Not Tumble
To keep swimsuits in the best condition, you’ll want to avoid using the dryer completely. Even moderate heat can very quickly damage the elastic and polyester fibers of the swimsuit. By the end of the summer, you might be struggling to keep it in place because there isn’t much stretch left. As it turns out, drying your swimsuit the old-fashioned way works the best. Carefully pin it to a clothesline, drape it over a shower curtain rod or hang it from a hanger. If you hang your suit outside to dry, bring it in as soon as it’s dry to minimize sun damage.
Whether you’ve invested a little or a lot in your swimsuit, chances are you bought it because it fits you and looks great. Keep it in tip-top condition all summer with a few easy tricks that anyone can do. Enjoy your summer and play outside!
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