HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR SWIMWEAR: 5 FOOLPROOF TRICKS
It’s the swimsuit and bikini season again, you open the wardrobe and ARGH! Your swimwear has stretched from last year and doesn’t look the same anymore. Has it happened to you? Some factors like chlorine, sun or wrong washing methods can put the fabric at risk… This is why sometimes they seem to have much more wear and tear than they should in record time.
The truth is if your bikinis and swimsuits are of high quality and you look after them properly, they will be with you for many seasons and you will not have to get rid of them. But you have to know what care they require.
Would you like to know how to keep your swimwear for longer? TRESS will show you a couple of tricks to keep your bikinis and swimsuits just like new year after year. Keep reading!
Trick 1: Handwash your swimsuits and bikinis with cold water
Yes, you read that right. Even if they are highly resistant, it is important to know the best way to keep the swimwear for longer is handwashing them. Even if they are very versatile garments that come with you everywhere, they are still delicate. After all we mistreat them with chlorine (their worst enemy), PH changes and salt every day.
So, if you want them to last longer, ideally you will wash it with fresh water and soap after every use. If you feel the sun has left it a bit more rigid, you can use a few drops of softener when you finish handwashing them as a one-off and then clear them well with water, but ideally you would only use water and soap as we said earlier. This way you will get rid of all the remaining chlorine, salt or sunscreen.
Oh! Avoid hot water. By doing so you will not damage the fabric and they will last much longer.
Trick 2: Avoid wrinkling the bikini
How many times have you washed your swimwear and, when finished, you have twisted and wringed it so excess water gets out? This common move is another big enemy of swimwear. Even if they are made of elastic fabrics, when we do this, we are damaging the fabric.
If you want to remove excess water before hanging it, the best thing to do is folding it in your hands and press them against each other to eliminate the excess water. If you don’t wring the fabric, it won’t get weakened or lose its resistance.
Trick 3: Better dry it in the shade
Another fixation we have in the summer is to hang clothes in the sun so they dry faster. However, this simple gesture is one of the reasons why swimwear gets worn out quickly.
Avoid dryers and clothes lines where there is direct sunlight. Leave the bikini or swimsuit air dry (preferably in the shade) and, this way, it will keep its coulour and elasticity.
Another factor to take into account is that it is recommended to leave the swimwear straightened for it to dry and to not use pegs so they don’t leave marks.
Trick 4: No plastic or sunlight exposure
When you have a swim in the pool or the sea and change your clothes after. What do you do with the wet swimwear if you’re not home? Another mistake we usually make is keeping it in plastic bags and then leave it in the car parked in the sun.
What happens in this scenario is the material gets cooked and the plastic accelerates the process. So, if you can’t wash and dry your swimwear as soon as you get out of the swimming pool or the sea, the best thing to do is to wrap it in a towel and take it home like that (if possible).
For example, if the fabric is not very wet but it is still damp, another option is to keep it in a net bag (the kind you use for delicate clothes in the washing machine). This way, air will go through so it can dry naturally but there will not be a plastic creating a ‘greenhouse effect’.
Trick 5: Keep it carefully for next season
We don’t want that moment in September to arrive, when we are obliged to say goodbye to the beach and the swimming pool but, how do we have to keep our swimsuits and bikinis when we are not going to use them again in a while? If you don’t do swimming regularly, you will have to learn a couple of tricks to keep your swimwear intact.
First of all, give it a wash before putting it away (even if it is clean). You can do it in the washing machine in you want to, as long as you don’t use softener and use a delicate clothes program. Once you have air dried it, fold it carefully and put it in a fabric bag (like our packaging one). This way you will protect it from damp and dust, and you will find it just like new when you want to use it again.
What do you think about our advice? We hope your swimsuits and bikinis will be with you for many swimming seasons with our tricks. If you have any question, you can write us and we will answer as soon as possible.