Summer is fun and time for the beach and swimming pool. This means bathing suits and fun in the sun. Lots of people live in a swimsuit during the summer months, and because of this, its really important that swimsuits are properly taken care of. Besides Bathing Suits aren’t cheap. So when you find the perfect one (which in itself isn’t easy), you want to make it last longer than a season.
But there are several things you might be doing to your bathing suit that could actually shorten its lifespan. According to ConsumerSearch.com, damage happens largely because suits are made of Spandex or other stretchy fabrics — materials that can react badly to pool chemicals or the heat of the sun.
WASH YOUR BATHING SUIT BY HAND
It’s not a good idea to throw your swimsuit into the washing machine and use a harsh detergent. Always wash your suits by hand with a specially formulated soap that is suitable for fabrics with spandex. This way you can safely get rid of oil and dirt without damaging the material, keeping your swimsuit looking great for many years. Hot water is bad for swimwear. Never wash your bathing suit in hot water, and avoid too many dips in the hot tub.
DRY YOUR BATHING SUIT THE CORRECT WAY
You may think that the best way to get your swimsuits to dry fast is by wringing out every last bit of water. But doing this can actually damage the fibers. As a result, parts of your swimsuit may start to sag. You should also avoid hanging up your swimsuit to dry in direct sunlight as this can cause it to stretch out and fade. The best way to dry your swimsuits is by laying them out on a towel.
PREPARE YOUR NEW SWIMWEAR
Before taking your new bathing suit for a dip in the pool or ocean, it’s a good idea to prep it. Soak it for 30 minutes in a solution of water and vinegar. This will prevent the colors of your suit from bleeding. It is particularly important to do this before getting into a hot tub since heated water can cause colors to bleed.
ROTATE YOUR BATHING SUITS
Once you find a swimsuit that you love, it can be tempting to wear the same thing over and over again. But it’s important to give it time to snap back after each wear. A “memory fabric” like spandex needs at least 24 hours to come back to its original form. So if you’re planning to go on vacation or wear bathing suits a lot, make sure you switch them up