A little TLC can go a long way to extend the life of your bathing suit. Here are our top tips for looking after your beloved bikini:
- Try to avoid sitting on rough or bumpy surfaces (such as rocks, gravel or wooden chairs) without a towel as fabric can get scratched and pulled.
- After swimming, jump under a cold shower and rinse off the salt water or chlorine whenever you can. Salt water, chlorine, oils, sunblock, sand, perspiration and other residue can damage the elasticity of swimsuit material. Rinsing directly after each use helps to clean the bathing suit and prevents deterioration and discolouration.
- Store your bikinis in a wet bikini bag or wrap them inside of a dry towel instead of throwing them into the bottom of your beach bag where they can often be forgotten.
- When you get home bring your bikinis into the shower or hand wash in the sink with cold water. Whatever you do, don’t put bikinis in the washing machine!
- If your bathing suit is needing a little TLC, fill the sink with luke warm water and a little bit of mild soap or detergent meant for delicates. Let the bathing suit soak for 15 minutes then gently massage the suit to rub out any chemicals or dirt. If the stain is stubborn, baking soda or vinegar may help to remove it. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for 1-2 hours before washing gently as directed. If using vinegar, dilute 1-part white vinegar in 3-parts warm water and soak the stain. White vinegar can also be applied directly to the stain. After soaking, wash as normal.
- Dry your bikini laying flat in the shade or hanging in the shower. Do not leave to dry in the sun as fading can occur.
- Make sure your bikini is completely dry before storing, nobody likes the smell of damp togs.
- Do not dry clean, bleach or iron your swimsuit for obvious reasons.