SWIM SUIT CARE
Over time your swimsuit will deteriorate, however you can extend it's life by reducing the exposure to chemicals, oils and the Sun.
Ensuring that you take care of your swimming costume, will prolong the life and its effectiveness.
Extend the life of your swimming costume by following our simple care guide.
After every swim session, wash your swimsuit by hand with a mild soap and tap water. Water alone will not remove the chlorine or salt water. We would recommend turning your swimsuit inside out when you wash it to avoid damaging the delicate outer layer.
You should never use a washing machine to clean your swimming costume, it is too abrasive for swimwear material and will cause the fabric to pile and bobble. The washing detergents will also cause long-term damage to the swim suits fabric.
Allow your swimming costume to dry naturally when drying outside, do not hang in direct sunlight. Try to make sure that your swimsuit is laid out flat to dry to avoid folds and wrinkles. Once completely dry fold it and put it away.
You should not dry your swimsuit in a dryer or in sun, as mentioned above, because they are both hard on the Lycra and spandex in your swimming costume. The sun will cause your costume to fade quicker than expected. Both will cause the breakdown of elasticity in your costume.
Being kind to your costume will actually save you money.
Other Useful Tips
Start with a good quality swimsuit and it will last longer - most brands we sell at ProSwimwear have a chlorine resistant range such as Speedo's Endurance+, Diana Durable, Maru Pacer, Arena Waternity, Zoggs CR25, Tyr Durafast. These suits can last up to 25 times longer than conventional elastane swimwear currently on the market.
Always Rinse your bathing suit thoroughly with cool water after swimming. Pool water residue (i.e. chlorine), salt water, sand, suntan lotion and other contaminants will cause the fabric to become brittle or faded, and will significantly shorten the useful life of your suit. Even if you don’t have time to wash it thoroughly a good rinsing will help reduce the effects.
Alternate your swimsuits - you should avoid using the same swimsuit more than once in 24 hours. Because Lycra is a memory yarn your swimwear will need 24 hours to dry and go back to its original shape. This will stop your costume from bagging and stretching.
Be careful where you sit - edges of pools are often rough and abrasive so that you do not slip when walking on them. Although it may not feel rough to you it will to your swimming costume. It can cause your suit to run and pick at the bottom or on the front of it if you are leaning over the edge of the pool. Take extra care and simply lay a towel down to sit on instead and avoid leaning around the edges. Beware at galas of sitting back against the concrete block walls in pools with your expensive race suit on, they are normally highly abrasive and can tear thin race suit material!
Sunbathe before you swim - water and sun are not a very good combination for your swimming costume. Where possible try and sunbathe before you swim as swimming and then sunbathing can cause your costume to wear out quicker.
Do Not wrap your swimsuit in your towel. The towel has soaked up all of the chemicals and will continue to expose the swimsuit materials to their harsh effects.
Avoid Hot Tubs - Hot tubs are extremely hard on your swimming costume, the bromine and extreme temperatures will fade and stretch your suit faster than anything else. I would suggest wearing an old costume that you are tired of if you know you are going to be using a hot tub and wash it as explained above for best results. If you want to wear your regular costume then make sure you wash it as soon as possible after getting out of the hot tub.
Avoid Oil Contact - Oil based products such as sun creams and lotions can cause the elasticity in your swimsuit to break down causing your suit to lose its shape.