SWIMWEAR CARE GUIDE



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!


 

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO WASHING YOUR SWIMWEAR

 

STEP 1

Rinse your suit to flush out the salt or chlorine.

STEP 2

Fill your sink with cold water and add a cup of mild detergent or white vinegar (see our tips below!).

STEP 3

Soak your swimwear - but only for 30 minutes max! Turn your swimsuit out to avoid damaging the delicate outer layer.

STEP 4

Rinse with cool water.

STEP 5

Squeeze out excess water with a towel. Simply lay your swimsuit flat on the towel, roll it up and squeeze gently.

STEP 6

Lay flat to dry either indoors or in the shade.

 


 

HOT TIPS FOR YOUR SWIMWEAR CARE

 

DO:

  • Wash your swimwear after every use, whether you have gone swimming or not. Sunscreens, salt, sweat, and chlorine can all damage your fabric, causing colours to fade and the material to break down faster.
  • Use a delicate detergent. Most laundry detergents are too harsh for the material and can cause the colour to fade. Pick a detergent for delicates or use mild hand soap that doesn’t have added moisturisers.
  • Use white vinegar - it has deodorizing and antibacterial properties.

DON'T:

  • Wear your swimsuit on consecutive days. You heard us! Spandex or Lycra fabrics are memory fabrics, meaning that if they’re stretched, they can revert to their original shape. They usually take some 24 hours to dry and return to a normal condition.
  • Soak your swimwear overnight. It can loosen the fibres, so only soak your swimwear for a maximum 30 minutes.
  • Leave it to dry in the sun. It can cause fading.
  • Wring your swimwear. It can wear out the material’s elasticity and shape.
  • Hang your swimwear to dry. It can stretch out the fibres and alter the shape of your bathers.
  • Put your swimwear in the dryer! The heat weakens the elasticity while the tumbling can destroy the fabric.
  • Sit on rough surfaces in your swimsuit. It can snag and destroy the material - always lay down a towel first.

 


 

GETTING TO KNOW TYPES OF SWIMSUIT MATERIALS

 

NYLON

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

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

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

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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