If you’ve worn a swimsuit for more than a season, you know how quickly the fabric can start to fade, and the elastic gives out. And if you’re like most people, your favourite suit is often purchased years ago and hasn’t been seen much time outside of a drawer. Luckily, it’s not hard to keep your bikinis and swimwear fresh-looking and in top condition. Here are some tips for extending the life of every piece.
Rinse it well
It is essential to remove all excess salt from your swimsuit immediately after you take a dip in the water. Leave your swimsuit in the water until you are ready to rinse it. Alternatively, use a mesh bag or netting to remove as much water as possible before removing your wet suit. Be sure not to rub too hard or use any cleaning agents like dish soap or laundry detergent on your wet suit. They will damage the fabric over time and can cause mildew and mould.
Use soft brushes that won’t damage delicate areas of your swimwear (like leg holes) when brushing off sand or other debris after rinsing with fresh water.
Don’t leave it out in the sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays will fade the colour and make it look old. If you want to dry your swimwear, hang it in a shady area.
Use a soft brush to clean your swimwear, or use mild detergent if there are stains. A toothbrush can be used for cleaning zippers or hard-to-reach areas.
Don’t machine dry
Machine drying is the worst thing you can do to your swimwear, as it will cause the material to shrink and become brittle. Plus, if you don’t use a dryer with a heat setting and instead just let it hang out in the air.
Don’t leave it outside to dry on its own (especially not on hot days). This can cause permanent wrinkles. Instead, plan by laying down a towel or bath mat before putting your suit on so that moisture from getting wet can be absorbed by something absorbent rather than left behind for later cleaning/handling problems (or worse yet, odour issues).
If you want something easier than moving around an entire bathroom full of stuff so that you can put on some wet clothes after swimming laps at home, then consider investing in an over-door drying rack. It makes this process much easier because all the clothes get hung up there instead of being piled up into one big pile where you have no idea where anything goes anymore. Plus, everyone knows how annoying having lots of loose items floating around everywhere gets when trying through them all at once.
A few easy steps
As with any clothing, swimwear needs to be cared for properly. Here are some tips to help you extend the life of your swimsuit:
- Don’t leave it in the sun, as the UV rays of sunlight can cause damage over time. Whether at the beach or by a pool, ensure that your swimsuit is out of direct sunlight when not in use. If you plan on being out for hours, bring an umbrella so it doesn’t get too hot.
- Rinse well after use and hang dry on a hanger if possible (or use an old towel). This will help prevent stains from setting into the fabric and encourage water evaporation so that mould doesn’t grow inside either! If it gets wet while washing clothes (or accidentally spilled), try hanging them up immediately while they’re still damp instead of waiting until later, when they may start smelling like mildewed socks.
By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to make your bikinis and swimwear last longer and look better. Remember that caring for your swimwear is just as important as caring for yourself when swimming or sunbathing at the beach.
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