How to Take Care of your Swimwear | Ocean Couture & Shark Couture | Blog

How to Take Care of your Swimwear

How to Take Care of your Swimwear

Many people do not realize swimwear benefits from specialized treatment. Furthermore, it’s common for people to overlook or simply disregard the washing and care instructions found on the inside tags. This almost always leads to the wearer’s disappointment and/or dissatisfaction. Regardless of how much you paid for your swimsuit, taking care of your swimwear the right way is will leave you with clean, colorful, beautiful swimwear for years to come.


PART 1 : Caring for Swimwear during use :
Avoid chlorine : Despite all our fabrics are vigorously tested upon chlorine, it remains an enemy of clothing. Chlorine is a caustic element in bleach that kills germs but can cause colours to fade in certain fabrics and damages threads. Although pool water has less chlorine than laundry bleach, it will still wear away at the integrity of your swimwear. If the chlorine levels are well managed in the pool (concentration between 7,2 - 7,4 pH), it shouldn´t give that much of a problem... But still... better to prevent.
 
 
 

 

Steer clear of rough surfaces : As with any clothing, rough or jagged edges snag and abrade. Be aware of where you sit, lean, or lay, as it is easy to forget that these surfaces are rubbing up against the fabric, harming the once smooth and luxurious texture you purchased.
     In order to prevent slipping, pool decks are rough. Even if they don’t feel like it, they can wear away your swimwear. Use a towel to prevent contact.
     Sand and dirt are also abrasive. Use a towel, then rinse your swimwear immediately after use.
Avoid getting excess lotions and oils on your swimwear : Sunscreen, tanning oils, and cosmetics are harmful to delicate materials. Exposure causes discoloration and damage. These products are at odds with the synthetic material in swimsuits and leave stains that grow over time and break down the fabric.
     ♦ Mineral-based lotions and oil formulations are said to be particularly adept at causing yellowing and gradual stains.
     ♦ Treat stains as you would body oil by rinsing immediately, then cleaning with either vinegar or detergent mixed in a bath of cold water for 30 minutes.
     ♦ If possible, put on lotion or sunscreen before you put your swimsuit on. Wait a few minutes for it to dry.
PART 2 : Cleaning Swimwear after Use :
Rinse your swimwear in cold water after each wear : Even in a pinch, a rinse is better than nothing. It serves to wash away harmful chemicals such as chlorine, oils, and even bacteria before it can embed deeper into the fabric. You can even take it into a cold shower.
     ♦ Before this, avoid wrapping the swimsuit in a towel. The towel holds in the moisture and chemicals. A towel wet with pool water will contribute chlorine and other substances that wear out swimwear.
Hand wash your swimwear : Electric machines are easy, but even a gentle cycle uses heat and tumbling. This will wear out the material, causing a loss of integrity, shape, padding, and delicate embellishments.
     ♦ After rinsing immediately after usage, throw the used swimwear into a sink full of cold water for at least five minutes with a neutral detergent. Leaving it in too long will allow the water to work its way into the fibers, damaging the fit, so don’t get distracted.
     ♦ Use a mild soap for delicate fabrics. Regular detergent is too harsh and contributes to deterioration and fading. Avoid bleach and moisturizers.
     ♦ Men’s trunks are the exception in that they contain less spandex. This makes them better able to withstand the trauma of a machine wash cycle. You may still choose to wash them more gently by hand, though.
Treat stains directly with spot cleaner. Alternatively, use baking soda for two hours before washing or with vinegar by soaking the swimwear in one part white vinegar to three parts water for 30 minutes. This can also be used before wear to prevent color bleeding.
Gently squeeze out the water. Like washing, machine drying is too rough for fragile swimwear and will ruin the shape. Instead, roll up the swimsuit to coax out most of the water.
     ♦ Be gentle and don’t wring it out. It may be tempting, but the twisting motion is still damaging.
Lay the swimsuit out to dry. Do this in a shaded and well-ventilated area. This prevents water from pooling and stretching fibers. It also reduces wrinkles and creases.
     ♦ Never leave the swimsuit exposed to direct sunlight. The heat will cause the same color damage you tried to avoid earlier. Cool air from an open window or a blow dryer, if in a hurry, are safer options.
PART 3 : Storing Swimwear :
Store the swimsuit at room temperature. After it has dried out in the open, store the swimsuit in a temperature-controlled room away from disruptions such as a leaking pipe, a heater, or an open garage door. This will ensure that heat and cold do not expand and contract the material and that sunlight doesn’t cause fading.