How to give your swimwear a longer shelf life

Caring for your Swimwear

The best fitting swimwear is made from Nylon Lycra or Spandex. The fabric not only gives a great fit and wears like a glove to your body shape, but is also dries quickly when wet. However, the elasticity needs special care to keep it new as long as possible. 

Many things can damage swim fabrics. Heat from the Sun, dryer, sauna, or hot tub will damage the elastic fibers in the fabric, causing it to loose it's shape very quickly. Chlorine is also known to break down swim fabric, and fade the colors. Oils from your skin, sunscreen, and even lotion can cause yellowing or fading of the suit. Long hours of exposure to the sun can also cause prints and colors to fade faster than usual.
Here are some useful tips to keep your swimwear looking new and gorgeous.
  • Rinse the suit in clean water when done swimming. It is important to rinse off chlorine water which can damage the elasticity of the material.
  •  Do not over wring out the swimwear, but lightly squeeze dry instead. You may choose to dry off with a towel instead too.
  •  To wash your suit, put it in a sink of cold water with a little bit of hand soap, and wash it by hand. Gently squeeze the water out and dry with a towel. 
  • To dry, lay flat in indirect sunlight. If it must be in sunlight, turn it inside out so the colors won't fade as much. By turning it inside out, you can reduce fading. Also keep the swimwear once dried and do not over sun the fabric.
    • It is suggested that you give a swimsuit a 24 hour break to help the spandex fabric retain it's memory. Rotate suits if you have more than one.

    Happy holidays and enjoy your swimwear!

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