How To Care For Your Swimwear

Holiday season usually means buying a few new swimwear pieces before going away, but the thought of caring for our swimwear correctly is often an after thought. Therefore, taking good care of your swimwear means prolonged life for your favourite pieces. Avoid fading, stretching and creasing with our tips below!

Avoid leaving your swimwear in the sun

We've all been there on holiday and left our swimwear to dry on the balcony in direct sunlight. However, leaving your swimwear to dry in the sun can lead to colour damage and bleaching. Instead, try laying your swimwear flat to dry in a shaded and ventilated area. This will stop the colours from fading and laying it flat will avoid stretching the fibres causing wrinkles, creases and misshapen swimwear!

Rinse after use

It is best to shower straight after swimming to rinse the majority of the chlorine off the swimwear. Alternatively, rinse your swimwear in cold water to wash away chlorine and any other chemicals and bacteria before it becomes embedded into the fabric. Avoid wrapping your swimsuit in a towel this will lock in moisture and hold the chemicals in your swimwear.

Hand wash your swimwear

Washing machines are an easy option, yet they can quickly wear out the delicate fabrics with exposure to the heat and tumbling in the machine. After you have rinsed your swimwear, it is ideal to soak it in cold water with a neutral detergent for about 5 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water gently but don't wring it out as this will damage your swimwear.

Avoid sitting on rough surfaces

It is easy to snag clothing on rough or jagged surfaces and the same goes for swimwear. It is good to be weary of where you are sitting to avoid snagging your swimwear or damaging the fabric. Take a towel if you are sitting on the edge of the pool to avoid any bumpy surfaces.

Try LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ products

LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fibre uses a unique technology to ensure long lasting wear for your clothing and swimwear. It helps to hold the shape and fit of your swimwear and resist fading and degradation from chlorinated water. It also helps to resist the discolouration from sun lotions. Take a look at the stunning Paradise Palm collection from Elomi, which uses LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fibres to ensure a long lasting vibrant colours and fit.

Avoid getting excess sun lotion on your swimwear

It is easy to get sun lotion on your swimwear whilst applying, but try to avoid getting excess sun lotion and oil on your swimwear as it can lead to discolouration, often it can cause gradual yellowing on white swimwear. If possible, apply your sun lotion before you put on your bikini/swimsuit. If you notice discolouration or stains from the sun lotion/oil, rinse this as above in colour water and if needed, spot treat the stains.

Store at room temperature

Once your swimwear has dried it is a good idea to store it at room temperature away, from disruptions such as an airing cupboard or direct sunlight.

We hope these tips have been helpful in caring for your swimwear! Take a look at our full range of swimwear here for your upcoming holiday.

Written by Lauren

Lauren is a Fashion graduate from Plymouth College of Art. She is a Creative Content & Social Media Executive for Lingerie Outlet Store by day and a lingerie designer by night. With her expertise in design and bra fitting, Lauren delivers her knowledge and her passion through her writing.

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