EXPERT TIPS FOR BATHING SUIT CARE
We all know how hard it is to find a perfect swimsuit, so when we do find the right one, we'll want to wear it for more than one season. Besides, swimsuits are expensive and you don't want to have to buy a new one after using it only a couple of times. Damage can happen due to a number of factors, so to keep your swimsuit looking great for a long time, follow these 5 tips:
RINSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Rinsing your swimsuit right after coming home from the beach or pool is one of the most important steps in bathing suit care. Swimsuits are extremely vulnerable to harsh chemicals. This doesn't only include chlorine, but also sunblock and body oils that we put on our skin while sunbathing. In order to avoid prolonged exposure to these harmful substances, rinsing your swimsuit after wearing it is definitely a must.
USE MILD DETERGENT
The best way to wash your swimsuit is in a sink full of cool water and a small amount of mild liquid detergent. Remember, regular detergent is too harsh, and in combination with hot water it can only lead to more damage. Wash your swimsuit gently; let it soak for a while, and then swirl it around gently. Of course, don't forget to carefully rinse the detergent too, because the detergent residue can be equally as harmful.
DRY THE SWIMSUIT AND LET IT SIT FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS BETWEEN USES
After washing your swimsuit, make sure you let it dry for an appropriate period of time. Never ever twist or wring out your swimsuit after washing it because you could break down the material, causing the swimsuit to lose shape. Instead, lay it on a towel, roll it, squeeze gently, and then let it dry that way. Do not hang it because you could stretch it out. Also, don't dry it in the sunshine because your colors could fade. Since your suit needs time to dry and to snap back to its usual shape, give it at least a 24-hour rest.
PREP A NEW SUIT
In order to keep the colors on your new swimsuit long-lasting, don’t forget to prep a new suit before going to the beach or pool. In order to prevent dye from bleeding, you should soak your new swimsuit for 30 minutes in a mixture of water and vinegar (one tablespoon white vinegar per quart of water). Vinegar is also great for removing sunscreen stains that are often hard to get rid of.
SIT ON A TOWEL
If you’re sitting on rough surfaces, such as concrete, the ground next to the pool, or a wooden bench, make sure you sit on a towel, because these improvised seating areas can snag and tear the material of your swimsuit. But, if you don’t have a towel with you at all times, you can just as well use your sarong – just wrap yourself up in it and you won’t have to worry about damaging your swimsuit.