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Swim Care 101: Lengthen your High End Swimwear's Lifespan

We’ve all been guilty of doing the bare minimum when it comes to swimwear care. I personally try to get away with a light rinse, quick hang dry, then tuck it away in my swim drawer until my next beach trip. But when my favorite suit was ruined from not being cleaned and taken care of properly, I knew that immediate action needed to be taken to ensure that in the future my high end swimwear stays in pristine condition, so that I can give them the lifespan they deserve. I mean let’s face it, high end swimwear is expensive, so why do we treat them like they aren't? Whether you’re by the pool or the sand, chances are it's either chlorine or sea salt that will be left on your swimwear, and neither is good for them.

This quick and easy guide will help preserve your swimsuit's lifespan, giving you not only extra years of use, but keep it looking brand new!

Step 1: Avoid Chlorine at ALL costs

Chlorine is a chemical found in bleach which can cause colors to fade in materials as well as increase damages to threads. This chemical is often found in swimming pools to get rid of bacteria. If your usual go-to pool is chlorine-based, you might want to start looking for an alternative, such as a salt water-based pool! When using hotel pools it may be smart to ask the staff on duty about the chlorine levels before diving into the deep end. 

Step 2: Wait, don’t sit there

Some fabric swimwear is more delicate than it seems, making it easy for the material to snag, peel, or develop a run. When you're in a pool or ocean setting your swimwear will most likely be in contact with swim decks, sand, and chairs. Materials to stay away from are wood and rough surfaces such as a diving board which can have a "sand-paper" consistency. Any objects that don't have a smooth surface will most likely put your luxurious swimsuit in a vulnerable state. To prevent this we need to be aware of where we plant our booties. Be sure to lay on a towel when relaxing and wearing a cover-up while on the go! This will protect your high end swimwear from getting damaged.

Step 3: Before... NOT after

This step is going to be a hard pill to swallow for everyone. Sunscreens and oils are the most common reason as to why our swimwear may not be lasting as long as it should. Lotions and oils are products that everyone uses to prevent sunburns or get that desired sun-kissed tan. These products often leave unwanted stains and can discolor areas of the fabric. I get it, we all want to protect our skin and sunscreen is a key part of our skincare regime. Instead of putting these products on after getting dressed in our swimwear, we should consider applying them before, as it may save our high end swimwear from a lot of accidental stains and discoloration. 

Step 4: Wash wash baby

Now the part we’ve ALL been waiting for: how to properly wash your suit. After each wear, it should be immediately soaked in cold water to remove any excess chlorine, bacteria, and oils from the surface of the fabric. In the same water, use mild or neutral soap to thoroughly clean the piece(s). Avoid a washing machine, as it will tumble the items and wear out the material. If there are any evident stains from lotions and oils now would be the time to try to remove them! A way you can try to remove stains is by letting the product soak in white vinegar (1 part vinegar, three parts water) for 30 minutes. 

As mentioned before with washing, machine drying may also be too rough for the fabric and cause it to lose its desired shape and fit. Carefully squeeze the water out of the fabric without wringing it out. No need to worry if not all of the water is drained from the suit, just hang it to dry overnight and voila! Your swimwear is ready for its next outing!

Step 5: Store it right

When traveling with high end swimwear, it can be smart to bring a ‘wet bikini bag’. If you don't own one, it can be beneficial to invest in one (or bring a small plastic bag). Not only can these small bags act as a packing cube in your suitcase, but they are also convenient to throw in your beach bag. The best part about them is that they isolate your wet swimsuit from the rest of your items!

When your back home and the pieces are properly washed, store your favorite bikini at home in a small plastic box or garment bag. Make sure that they are stored in an area when there are no disturbances such as animals, extreme temperature shifts or moisture. 

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