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Wash em or wear em?

May 23, 2014

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We’re headed to the beach for the weekend for some sunshine and relaxation, and have packed our favorite bikinis for the trip.

We’ve received a few inquiries on swimsuit care, particularly on whether or not swimsuits should be washed, and if so, how often. We’ve narrowed down a few basic guidelines that should be followed to ensure your swimsuits will remain beautiful for as long as possible!

Most importantly – don’t wash your swimsuit unless it’s absolutely necessary. Like your favorite jeans, swimsuits will lose their elasticity and color if over washed. The best way to wash it is a quick rinse after the pool or a dip in the ocean, so bring it right into the shower with you and rinse it off well.

If you feel it still needs a better wash, soak it in warm soapy water for about 20 minutes, and then rinse well. Never put your swimsuit in the washing machine, and if you do, do not wash it with towels which will erode the surface of your suit and cause pulling.

Wringing your swimsuit dry will stretch the fabric, erode the elastic, and make it fall down when you least expect it.

Just kidding – but you should never wring it dry as it will cause the elasticity in the fabric to lessen and create a saggier, ill-fitting look. Instead, gently squeeze it dry, and allow it to hang dry.

If you’ve spilled on your swimsuit, try to get as much of the surface stain off as possible. When you get home and change, place a small amount of baking soda on the spot for 15-20 minutes.

The most important rule? Rotate your swimsuits! The more you wear your suits, the more out of shape and worn out they will get. The elastic needs a little time to bounce back, so don’t rely on only one swimsuit! Purchase two of three and keep a rotation going, to keep your suits looking beautiful year after year!