Congrats! You’ve found your perfect swimsuit. Protect, clean, rotate, and store it properly to keep it vibrant and fitting beautifully.
Lotion, sunscreen, oil, and deodorant are harsh on swim fabrics, discoloring and staining them, and ultimately deteriorating their elasticity. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before you put on your suit so they’re absorbed only by your skin.
Shower in fresh water before swimming: the suit’s fibers will absorb less chlorine. And if the chlorine content of your pool or hot tub is too high, both spandex and dyes can break down. It’s also smart to dedicate a single suit to hot tub use, as high temps and chlorine age swim fabrics quickly.
To lock in dyes, soak a new suit for 30 minutes in a vinegar-and-water solution before the first wash. Use one tablespoon of white vinegar for each quart of water.
Finally, always sit on a towel or wear a pareo to avoid abrasion from rough surfaces.
Even if you’ve only been sunbathing, always hand wash your suit with an ultra-gentle detergent in cold water to remove salt, oils, and dirt. If no detergent is handy, a cold rinse is better than nothing.
Never put swimwear in a washing machine: the agitation will stretch, strain, and break down the delicate pads and linings, leaving it ill-fitting.
Wringing will also damage your suit’s fibers, so lay it flat between two towels and roll it, pressing gently to squeeze out water. To dry, lay it flat (don’t hang it from ties) away from direct sunlight.
Spandex is a memory fabric and needs 24 hours to fully snap back. You need multiple options if you wear swimwear more than occasionally. This is especially essential for vacationing: bring a variety so you can clean and let them dry fully before wearing again. Spandex bounce-back ensures a great, lasting fit.
Your suits are ready for storage when they’ve been washed and are completely dry.
Don’t keep them in airtight containers or dry cleaners’ bags, because mildew will develop if there’s any moisture in the fibers. Cedar blocks or lavender sachets in your storage box or drawer are an effective way to add a natural scent and keep any pests away. And lastly, avoid dryer sheets, as they can leave residue on fabrics.
Enjoy the lasting beauty of your suit!