If you have always been in love with swimming or are planning to take up the sport, the first step that you need to take is to invest in a good quality swimwear. However, swimwears are not cheap, and it is hard to find the perfect one. So, when you find ‘the one’ take the steps mentioned in this post to make it last longer.
Swimwear is not just a piece of clothing. A perfectly fitting swimsuit allows you to stay comfortable and have the best time in the pool. Thus, a lot of pondering is required while selecting the swimming dress that is made just for you out of the full range of options that are available. Once you have chosen your piece,ensure that you avoid doing things that shorten the lifespan of your swimsuit.Swimsuits are made of elastane and other stretchable fabrics that can easily be damaged by heat and chemicals.
So, what should we do to keep our swimwear looking good year after year?
1. Rinse Soon and Wash Well
As soon as you finish your swim, ensure that you wash or at least rinse your swimwear thoroughly. You could do it during your post-swim shower or at home. This would remove all traces of salt or chlorine as well as well as creams and oils such as sunblock that can be harmful to the fabric. Make sure that you only hand-wash your swimsuit and do not put it into your washing machine. It could have an adverse effect on the delicate parts such as pads and elastane making the swimsuit somewhat stretched, ill-fitted and de-shaped. If you do have to put it into the washing machine, make sure you wash it in the “Gentle” cycle.
2. Dry the Suit Carefully
Do not just hang the suit anywhere to dry it as this might stretch the fabric. Also, avoid wringing the water out of it as this might damage the suit. Put the suit on a towel and roll it. Squeeze gently to drain off all excess water. Then allow it to dry in the shade. The costume should be completely dry before you use it again as elastane needs about 24 hours to bounce back to its original form.
3. Use it Right
When you are sitting on the ground, or any rough surface, remember to sit on a towel. The concrete around the pool and the wood on the lounging chairs might prove to be harsh on the suit and cause it to rip or tear. The best option is to wrap a sarong or a towel around you while you are out of the pool.
4. Pack More Than One Suit to Your Vacation
Especially when you are on vacation, you might want to get in and out of the pool frequently. This may not give your suit enough time to dry properly which could have adverse effects on the elastane of the suit. Moreover, hot water is not good for swimsuits. Thus, if you wish to get into a jacuzzi or a hot tub with your swimsuit, you might want to keep two separate ones.
5. Buying the Right Suit that Lasts Longer
While you may do everything, you cannot make the swimming costume last forever. You can, however, purchase one that stays with you for a longtime. Thus, make sure you buy the right fabric. Make sure it is chlorine-resistant and also dries faster. PBT is an excellent alternative to elastane as it is not only chlorine resistant but also is light-weight and dries more quickly. Buying the right fabric will surely ensure it lasts longer and most importantly, stays the same as you bought it.
Get, Set, Swim
Now that you know how to take care of your swimwear and make it last longer, treat it well and enjoy your time in the pool. Lastly, make sure you have the right size of the dress to prevent it from untimely tearing during your swimming movements.