Do you feel like you're going through swimsuits like they're going out of fashion? Does your swimming costume start to fade and go baggy after just a few short weeks? Taking proper care of your swimwear will extend the life of the suit, and keep it looking bright and well fitting for longer!
Rinse Your Swimsuit In Cold Water
After every swim session, wash your swimsuit by hand with a mild soap and tap water. Water alone will not remove the chlorine or salt water. We recommend turning your swimsuit inside out when you wash it to avoid damaging the delicate outer layer.
You should never use a washing machine to clean your swimming costume, it is too abrasive for swimwear material and will cause the fabric to pile and bobble. The heat of the water makes the fabric stretch and fade. The washing detergents will also cause long-term damage to your swimming costume's fabric.
Allow your swimwear to dry naturally
Allow your swimming costume to dry naturally. When drying outside, do not hang in direct sunlight. Try to make sure that your swimsuit is laid out flat to dry to avoid folds and wrinkles. Once completely dry fold it and put it away.
You should not dry your swimsuit in a dryer or in direct sunlight, as mentioned above because they are both hard on the Lycra/Spandex in your swimming costume. The sun will cause your costume to fade quicker than expected. Both will cause the breakdown of elasticity in your costume.
Be careful where you sit
The edges of pools are often rough and abrasive so that you do not slip when walking on them. Although it may not feel rough to you it will to your swimming costume. It can cause your suit to run and pick at the bottom or on the front of it if you are leaning over the edge of the pool. Take extra care and simply lay a towel down to sit on instead and avoid leaning around the edges. Beware at galas of sitting back against the concrete block walls in pools with your expensive race suit on, they are normally highly abrasive and can tear thin race suit material!
Alternate your swimsuits
You should avoid using the same swimsuit more than once in 24 hours. Because Lycra is a memory yarn your swimwear will need 24 hours to dry and go back to its original shape. This will prevent your costume from bagging and stretching for longer.
Start with a good quality swimsuit and it will last longer
Most brands at ProSwimwear have a chlorine resistant range such as Speedo Endurance+, Maru Pacer, Arena Waternity, Zoggs CR25 and TYR Durafast. These suits can last up to 25 times longer than other conventional elastane swimwear currently on the market.
Brands like Amanzi, Turbo and Zealous make all of their swimwear from chlorine resistant fabrics. Look out for PBT or Polyester in the material, if you see this it means your swimsuit is “long-life”.