Taking care of your swimwear is easy as long as you know the dos and don’ts (which we list below!). There are some simple ways to keep your swimsuit from fading or stretching - and it almost entirely comes down to making sure you rinse your swimwear thoroughly after use.
The big thing to remember is that it’s not a good idea to machine wash your swimwear. Even on a gentle cycle, the washing machine can damage the fibres in your swimsuit.
So what are the best hand wash instructions? Follow our steps below to give your swimwear a better chance of fighting fading and stretching!
Rinse your suit to flush out the salt or chlorine.
Fill your sink with cold water and add a cup of mild detergent or white vinegar (see our tips below!).
Soak your swimwear - but only for 30 minutes max! Turn your swimsuit out to avoid damaging the delicate outer layer.
Rinse with cool water.
Squeeze out excess water with a towel. Simply lay your swimsuit flat on the towel, roll it up and squeeze gently.
Lay flat to dry either indoors or in the shade.
Nylon is a very common swimsuit material, and for good reason. Not only is it lightweight, nylon also offers all-important stretch and moisture-wicking properties, which makes for quick drying times. The only downside is that nylon swimwear may fade faster than other materials.
Cotton can offer a chic look and comfortable feel to your swimwear, especially shorts, cover ups and kaftans. Although it is not the most fitting of fabrics nor the best for chlorine-based pools, cotton is often blended with other materials for great results, giving the swimsuit added stretch and durability.
Polyester is the leading swimsuit material for competitive swimmers thanks to its all-round qualities. Polyester is a strong fabric, which retains its shape well and can handle sun and chlorine. It’s great for those who want a functional, long-lasting swimsuit.
Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre made from purified cellulose, which gives it a lightweight and silky feel. Viscose is ideal for billowy garments and is also commonly combined with other materials to give it more stretch and durability.
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