It’s paradoxical, but most of what we do in our swimsuits is bad for them. Chlorine, saltwater and direct sunlight can fade the colors and weaken the spandex that holds a suit in shape. Too frequent wearings can cause the fabric to stretch. Sitting in sand or on the rough concrete around a pool can fray the fabric. We buy the suit to wear it, so what are we supposed to do?
It’s not as dire as it may sound. With a little TLC your suit can maintain its brand new look for several seasons. Here’s how.
Rinse frequently in fresh water. Stand under an outdoor shower or find another way to rinse the chlorine or saltwater off your suit especially if you’re going to sunbathe after being in the water.
Avoid getting sunscreen on your suit; but if you do, apply baking soda directly on the stain. Let it sit for an hour or more, then hand wash. A small amount of vinegar in water will also work.
Sit on a towel when sitting on any rough service like the decking around a pool. Don’t want to carry a towel everywhere? Wear a sarong or other cute coverup to protect your suit from the surfaces you sit on.
Alternate suits – don’t wear the same suit two days in a row; just as the spandex in your bra needs 24 hours to regain its original shape, so does your swimsuit.
Use a separate suit for frequent hot tub wear. The chlorine and heat of hot tubs can age a suit quickly. An occasional visit to the hot tub followed by a thorough rinsing isn’t something to worry about though.
Start with a high quality suit. The best swimwear manufacturers use high quality fabric processed with quality dyes. The better a suit is to start with, the longer life it will have with these TLC measures.
Big Girls Bras carries top swimwear lines. You can’t go wrong with a suit from Tara Grinna, MiracleSuit, Jordan Taylor, Swim Systems or Aerin Rose.
Next week we’ll discuss how to wash, dry and store your swimwear.