Text by Miryam Artigas

Translation by Muriel Sánchez

for TRESS Swimwear.

It’s swimsuit and bikini season once again. You open the closet and ARGH! Your swimwear has stretched out from last year and doesn’t look the same anymore. Has this happened to you? Certain factors like chlorine, sun or the wrong washing methods can put fabrics at risk… This is why sometimes swimwear seems to have much more wear and tear than it should in no time at all.

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The truth is, if your bikinis and swimsuits are of high quality and you look after them properly, they’ll be with you for many seasons and you won’t have to get rid of them. But you have to know the kind of 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. Take note!


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 remember that the best way to keep swimwear for longer is to handwash it. Even if they are very versatile garments that follow 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’ll wash them with fresh water and soap after every use. If you feel the sun has left them feeling a bit rigid, you can use a few drops of softener once you’ve finished handwashing them. Do this only once in a while and make sure to rinse well with water — ideally you will only use water and soap as we said earlier. This way you can get rid of all the remaining chlorine, salt, or sunscreen.

Oh! Avoid hot water. By doing so you won’t damage the fabric and your swimsuits will last much longer.


Trick 2: Avoid wrinkling the bikini


How often have you washed your swimwear and then twisted it and wrung it out to get rid of the excess water? This common mistake is another big enemy of swimwear. Even if they are made of stretchy fabrics, we are damaging the fabric when we do this.

If you want to remove excess water before hanging your swimsuit, the best thing to do is to fold it in your hands and press your palms against each other to eliminate any extra water. If you don’t wring the fabric, it doesn’t weaken or lose its resistance.

Trick 3: Better dry it in the shade 


Another fixation we have in the summer is hanging clothes in the sun so they dry faster. However, this simple move is one of the reasons why swimwear gets worn out so quickly.

Avoid dryers, and clothes lines where there is direct sunlight. Leave the bikini or swimsuit to air dry (preferably in the shade) and, this way, it will maintain its color and elasticity.

Another factor to take into account is that it is recommended to leave the swimwear to dry flat, avoiding the use of pegs, which tend to leave marks and indents.


Trick 4: No exposure to plastic or sunlight

When you change your clothes after having a swim in the pool or the sea, what do you do with the wet swimwear if you’re not at home? Another mistake we often make is keeping our swimsuits in plastic bags and then tossing them in the car parked in the sun.

What happens in this scenario is that the material gets heated up, and the plastic accelerates that process. So, if you can’t wash and dry your swimwear as soon as you get out of the water, the best thing to do, if possible, is to take it home wrapped it in a towel.

For example, if the fabric is not dripping wet, but it’s still damp, another option is to keep it in a netted bag like the kind you use for washing delicates in the washing machine. This way, air will go through so it can dry naturally but there won’t be any plastic creating a ‘greenhouse effect.’   


Trick 5: Store it carefully for next season  


We don’t want that moment in September to come, when we have to say goodbye to the beach and the swimming pool, but how do we store our swimsuits and bikinis when we aren’t going to use them again for a while? If you don’t go swimming regularly, you’ll 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’s clean). You can do so in the washing machine if you want to, as long as you don’t use softener and use a delicate wash setting. Once you have air dried your swimwear, fold it carefully and put it in a fabric bag (like our packaging one). This way you will protect your swimwear from dampness 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 our tricks will ensure your swimsuits and bikinis will be with you for many swimming seasons to come. If you have any questions, you can write to us and we will answer as soon as possible.