Hot summer days are here and even ever-rainy UK is treating us with some amazing weather. Whilst beach holidays at Maldives and in Spain are still not quite allowed, that’s not the reason to stay away from the water on these sunny days and not to treat yourself to a new piece of luxury swimwear!
For those of you who are enjoying outdoor swimming pools, hot tub breaks and sunbathing at the UK beaches, we’ve put together a guide on how to take the best care of your favourite swimsuit, so that it will last you and bring you joy for a long time.
Swimsuit care essentials
As with any piece of clothing, you need to try and protect your swimsuit from stains, harsh chemicals and abrasives with worst enemies being sun, chlorine and sand. Rinse your swimsuit after swimming or take a quick shower, wash it gently after each use and dry flat and it will serve you for a long time.
How to prevent swimsuit from fading?
- Try to avoid sun and chlorine – doing that will protect your swimsuit and more importantly your skin!
- Go for high quality fade and chlorine resistant fabrics.
- Have a quick shower after swimming.
- Modern swimsuits often feature SPF protection, pay attention to that when choosing your next swimming suit.
How to wash bikinis and swimsuits?
- Rinse your swimsuit straight after your swim.
- Don’t leave it wet in a bag for a long time.
- Wash it after every use.
- Avoid machine washing.
- To wash your swimsuit, soak it in water with mild detergent for a couple of minutes. (Have you tried our no-rinse Soak Wash yet? It is amazing for swimwear and lingerie)
- Wash it gently by rubbing it and rinse it well.
- Gently squeeze out water from it. Never twist the swimsuit as it may damage elasticity therefore ruining its shape.
- Dry it flat and don’t use tumble drier.
How to dry a swimsuit?
- Never use tumble dried as it may damage the fabric and your swimsuit will lose its elasticity and will become stretched out and misshaped.
- Always allow your swimsuit to dry naturally.
- Don’t expose it to sun or heat.
- Dry it flat, preferably on a towel that will soak up some of the moisture.
- Don’t hang your swimsuit as absorbed water will make it heavy and it may get stretched out, thanks to gravity.
How to dry a swimsuit quickly?
There are multiple ways to get your swimsuit dry quicker when you are in rush, however you will need a few towels for that. Try the following:
- Dry it by using gravity forces. If you have a salad spinner, put your swimsuit in it and spin it quickly. Spin the water out.
If you don’t have a salad spinner, put your swimsuit in a towel as if that was a bag. Spin the towel with a swimsuit in it for a while. Gravity forces should drain the water out and towel will absorb it.
- Get a couple of dry towels, lie one flat on a floor, lie your swimsuit flat on top of it and cover it with another one. Stand on it for a couple of minutes, but don’t step on any clasps, plastic or metal décor elements to not to break them.
- Get the last dry towel and dry your swimsuit flat on it or on a flat drying rack in open air or cold fan. It should be almost dry by that moment.
Should you wash your swimsuit after every use?
You should wash your swimsuit after every use. Particles oil, sweat, salt and chlorine will be running fabric fibres over the time.
How to wash swimsuit in washing machine
We strictly do not recommend washing your swimsuit in a washing machine, as washing machines and detergents are harsh and can easily ruin shape of the swimsuit and stretch it out. However if that’s unavoidable, that’s the best way to do it:
- Put it in a mesh or canvas washing bag.
- Choose the most delicate and shortest setting on your washing machine: cold water with minimum spinning.
- Choose the mild detergent for delicate fabrics.
- You can wash your swimwear with other items, as long as they won’t bleed or catch on the swimsuit.