Proper care is crucial to get the longest wear from your swimsuit. Most people are guilty of leaving their damp swimwear rolled up in a towel after a day at the pool or the seaside. It is easy to forget about it and leave it in a car, locker or sports bag for several hours or even days. This is the worst thing you can do to your swimsuit; the darkness, moisture and heat will encourage bacteria to breed, leading to mold and causing damage to the fabric. Learn to treat your swimwear as you would any other delicate garment.
Take a shower before you put your swimsuit on to get rid of grease, dirt, and skin and hair products, which could cause the fabric to deteriorate.
Stay away from rough surfaces when wearing your swimsuit, such as pool walls, concrete seating and rocks on the beach. Use the steps to enter and exit a swimming pool. Place a towel on the pool edge or sand before sitting down.
Rinse your swimsuit in cold, fresh water after each wear. Wash it in warm or cold water with a mild neutral detergent.
Machine wash your swimwear occasionally for a more intense wash that will remove all traces of chlorine, sand, salt water and perspiration. Place your swimsuit inside a lingerie bag to protect it before putting it into the washer. Wash your swimsuit separately initially as the colors may run, especially black and very bright colors. Never machine wash swimwear with a metallic or glittery finish and remember they are not designed to be worn in hot water or for strenuous activities. Always hand wash this type of swimsuit.
Lay your swimwear on a flat surface or hang it on the line to dry. Hang bright or fluorescent swimwear indoors or in the shade to reduce fading. Never tumble dry swimwear, as this will weaken the elastic.
Stretch your swimsuit gently after it is dry and check it for traces of any remaining sand.
Store your swimwear in a lingerie bag in your closet until you need it again.
Tips & Warnings
Wear an old swimsuit to a spa or sauna; the strong chemicals and intense heat will damage the fabric and elastic. Keep your nicer swimsuit for the beach and regular swimming pool.
Never bleach, iron or dry clean your swimwear.