The warm weather can see many of us dive headfirst into the swimming pool, while many others prefer to keep up and active with a weekly swim. Whatever the case, it’s important to learn how to wash and care for your bathing suit if you want to get the most from it.
Rinse it off
The first step to caring for your bathing suit after some fun in the water is to make sure that it’s thoroughly rinsed out. It’s best to run it under some cool, fresh water as soon as possible to make sure that all of the chemicals or salt is removed from the fabric. If you have time, then soaking it in cool water for up to 30 minutes is the best option. Not only does this remove any unwanted chemicals from the water, but it’s also great for soaking out any extra sunscreen or sand that can damage the material.
A simple wash
Soaking your suit isn’t enough to see all of the bad stuff gone for good, but it’s a great place to start. The next step is to fill up a sink with cool water and add in around a tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent. If you don’t have any to hand, you can use hair shampoo. Just make sure that you don’t use any products that have a conditioner. This helps to draw out anything clinging onto the material as well as freshen up the feel and smell.
Turn things around
As soon as you have let it soak in the laundry water for a moment or two, take out your bathing suit, turn it inside out, and swish it around in the water for several minutes. Be sure not to rub the material together as this can cause it to wear thin or rip. Also, if you have any stains, then a simple stain remover should be all you need to lift it out the fabric once and for all. The likes of bleach are too harmful to the material and will just do more damage than good.
Get it dry
Now comes the simple part. No longer do you have to spend hours wringing out your bathing suit at the edge of the water trying to get it dry enough to take it home. In fact, squeezing it too hard will stretch the fabric and can alter the shape of the garment. You need to gently squeeze your bathing suit until you’ve removed a lot of the water. Then, place the bathing suit on a flat spot out of the sun until it’s completely dry.
Store it away
If you’ve been hanging up your bathing suit all these years, then it could be time to find somewhere else to keep your garments. This can cause the fabric to stretch out of shape. It’s best to store your bathing suit somewhere flat and dry until you need it again. Any extra moisture can encourage all kinds of nasty things to grow. Perhaps you no longer need your bathing suit for the season? Have no fear; a fabric garment bag is all you need – with no plastic in sight.
Bathing suits can become the unofficial seasonal uniform for many, but it’s important to learn how to wash and care for it if you want to get the most from your garment.