When summer is here, it’s time for bathing suits to dominate. The one-piece body hugging overall will be displayed all over the malls, as well as online stores. With all the options we have left and right, it somehow gets too overwhelming as we get very excited with getting our hands on pretty bathing suits. These summer essentials can be a bit pricey and wearing them often can lead to a bruised swimwear, thanks to the harsh temperature, pool chemicals, sunscreen lotions/oil, and sweat. So it’s a must that we take good care of our bathing suits. Here are a few tips on how to handle your bathing suits with utmost care.
Alternate swimwear. It’s always a good idea to buy more than one swimsuits because while wearing one, you could let the other rest. If you only wear one swimsuit every time, what happens is that your bathing suit will have a faded color and a slightly stretched suit. Having some time for your bathing suits to rest will help the material (usually lycra or spandex) regain its shape.
Shower after taking a dip. After hanging out in the sand, beach, pool/sea, or just staying long under the sun, shower as soon as possible in cool tap water. Do this especially if you aren’t going home right away. Remove the remains of the sand, dirt, salt water, and chlorine that has stuck onto your bathing suit.
Soak in cool water. When you’re home, allow 30 minutes to be spent in soaking your used bathing suit in cool water. This will be better for the fabric as it will remove the harmful chemical and substances, as well as body oil or sweat, that can damage the fabric.
Use liquid detergent and avoid wringing. When washing your bathing suits, avoid using powdered detergents as they may not completely dissolve. After washing and rinsing, swish several times and then gently squeeze out the excess water. Don’t wring your bathing suit because it will damage the fabric.
Never use automatic dryers. Just lay your bathing suit flat on a spot away from direct sunlight. The UV rays of the sun can fade the color of your bathing suit, as well as ruin the material and fabric of your bathing suit.
Aside from these five tips, make sure you also keep a zip lock bag in your beach bag to hold it until you get home. When hanging out by the beach or pool. Make sure you sit on a towel because rough surfaces sometimes cause little damages on your bathing suit. If you plan on sunbathing in your bathing suit, do it before swimming. Or if you want to sunbathe after swimming, change into dry clothes. The saltwater or chlorine and the sunblock or tanning lotion are some of the most damaging chemicals that can ruin your swimsuit. Avoid places with massive amounts of chemicals and high heat such as a hot tub because your suit will fade or stretch. Otherwise, find a bathing suit that is 100% polyester or chlorine resistant. Follow these tips, and you will surely have that bathing suit look good as new every time you wear them!