You’ve spent your precious time and money finding and purchasing a perfect swimsuit just to find that a few weeks into its life it looks like your wearing an old dish clothe to the pool (Unless you are wearing a chlorine resistant swimsuit like Bohn Swimwear). Well you’re not alone! Many suits will react badly to a dose of chlorine a few times a week if it is not properly washed out of the material, and if you’ve been washing your suit in the machine you could be damaging it even more. Take a look at our tips below on how to make any swimsuit last as long as possible…
Washing your swimsuit:
As soon as you get back from the pool get your soggy cossie out of your bag and into the sink with some warm water and mild hand-wash soap. Don’t be tempted to sling it in the washing machine, as the motion of the machine is too abrasive, or to wash it with washing liquid or any harsh chemicals such as bleach. It won’t last five minutes if you do!
Drying your swimsuit:
Again, don’t be tempted to put your cossie in the tumble dryer. Hang it on the line or an airing horse instead either inside or outside, but not in direct sunlight as this can lead to a breakdown of the elasticity of the suit and can cause the material to fade and go patchy. If you can lay it flat to dry that is even better as this will reduce stretching and creasing. Ensure that your suit is completely dry before putting it away or it will go moldy.
If you have a summer holiday planned for this year or if your jetting off for some spring sun there are a few simple things that you can do to avoid your suit looking a little tatty after all of the sun, sea and sand…
Avoid contact with sun lotion:
Apply your sun lotion and allow it to soak into your skin properly before you put your cossie on. Swimwear will not react well to oil-based products as they will damage the elasticity of the suit and cause it to go baggy. Here you will find some advice on removing sun lotion stains from your swimwear. Remember to apply sun lotion all over your body. You can still burn through some swimsuits, depending on the UVP factor of the fabric.
Avoid hot tubs:
Hot tubs are also not your cossie’s best friend as the high temperatures and chemicals will stretch and fade the material of your suit quicker than anything else. If you have an old suit then take this with you for use in the hot tub, but if you only have one suit then wash it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the tub.
Rinse after the beach:
Sand has amazing abrasive qualities that your swimwear will not like one bit. Couple this with the drying effects of the baking sun and you have an excellent way of destroying your suit so be sure to wash all traces of sand and salt off your cossie asap.
There is a reason we use a chlorine resistant fabric, called Darwin. It is the best (in our opinion) Chlorine proof fabric on the market. We want Bohn Swimwear to last and last in chlorinated water. All our range is made of the same fabric. Take a look.
Happy Swimming – Sarah Bohn