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How to Wash and Care for a Swimsuit

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How to Wash and Care for a Swimsuit

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Swimsuits or bathing suits are expensive and leaning how to take care of them will keep you looking great all season. Whether you use your swimsuit daily or just on occasion, the fabric can take a beating from pool chemicals, sand, temperatures and lotions.

How to Wash and Dry a Swimsuit

Your swimsuit should be rinsed in cool, tap water after each time you wear it whether for swimming or sunbathing. If you have time to allow the suit to soak for 30 minutes, even better. This will remove most of the chemicals and sand and body soil that harm the fabric. Perspiration and body oils react with the elasticity of the fibers causing them to stretch so removing them as soon as possible is important. The chlorine in pools can harm a swimsuit's elasticity and cause the fabric to yellow. Almost every swimsuit contains spandex or Lycra, so again prompt cleaning is important.

After rinsing out the suit, you must wash your suit. Plain water does not remove all the salt or chlorine. Refill the sink with water and add just a tablespoon or less of liquid detergent. Don't use powders because they may not dissolve completely or rinse away well. And, never use bleach. Turn your swimsuit inside out. Swish for several minutes and then rinse well. Gently squeeze - don't wring - the water out of the fabric. Spread your suit flat to dry in a spot out of direct sunlight. The UV rays from the sun can both fade and break down the fibers in your suit. Never use a dryer.

Sunscreens and self-tanners can leave hard to remove stains on swimwear. Learn how to remove them correctly:

  • Sunscreen
  • Self-tanner

    Do not put your suit in the washer, even in a mesh bag. The agitation and spinning is too harsh for your suit. Quite often the bra cups can become misshapen and cannot be smoothed.

    Never iron your suit. If there are wrinkles, dampen the suit and they will fall out. Be sure your suit is completely dry before storing.

    Learn how to make your swimsuit last longer on page 2 of this article.

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