Wear Only after a Shower
The main issue in using colored swimsuits is that their color goes dull and fades away over time. To reduce the fading of color, dip the swimsuit in water with a combination of two teaspoons of white vinegar. This is especially applicable to new, colored swimwear. Taking a shower before jumping into the pool will surely maintain the quality of the suit. Doing so will remove any conditioners and lotions that are on the body, since the chemicals from these may degrade the bathing suit fabric.
No Rough Contact
Remember that swimsuits are fine garments, so you should avoid their contact with any kind of rough surface. Contact with rough surfaces may increase the wear and tear of the fabric. Wearers may unknowingly get in contact with pool walls, swimming ropes, cement structures around the pool; which should be avoided. For example, if you want to sit on a pool bench or deck, putting a towel underneath will avoid the suit coming in contact with rough surfaces.
Rinse and Wash the Correct Way
Swimsuit care is not only limited to before and during use, but also after your swimming sessions. An immediate wash with clean or lukewarm water after the swim is important. You will find a wide range of swimsuit cleaning solutions in stores which come at just about $10. These products are useful in taking off all chlorine, salt, and other chemicals from the suit. Simply rinse with hands and do not put it in the washing machine. Even if the washing machine is set on ‘soft’ settings, it might be too harsh on the swimsuit material, resulting in pilling. You can also use a mild soap or detergent for the washing purpose. When it comes to washing polyester or spandex clothing, you should never use bleach.
Air dry it, and that too in a place away from direct sun exposure. Just like normal clothes, sustained exposure to direct sunlight makes the clothes lose their color. Also, see to it that you don’t squeeze the suit too much while drying. Squeezing too much may ruin the shape of the costume. Using a dryer is not a good idea, since the heat generated may damage the fabric. Keep the wet suit for drying for about 24 hours, which will help the suit to return back to its original fit. Ironing of the swim wear is a ‘no no’, as the elasticity of the fabric may be lost, affecting the suit’s fitting.
Remember that using dirty swimwear may lead to the formation of bacteria in the fabric, eventually leading to a skin infection. Bacteria formation may even occur if you store a wet, folded suit for long. Following these swimsuit care instructions would certainly help you maintain the color, elasticity and comfort of your swimsuit for several summers!