How to Care for a Swim Bag
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How to Care for a Swim Bag

Swim bags see a lot of abuse. from getting dragged on rough pool decks, to getting soaked with pool water, to holding damp swim gear after practice. They're designed to function in a wet environment, but every now and then it's a good idea to wash them out. If your bag starts to smell, show signs of mildew, or is dirty, Then it is definitely time to take some soap to it! This guide will help you clean your bag. 

Wash Your Swim Bag

Gently hand-washing your bag is the safest way to clean it. Use a gentle soap and warm water to remove stains, dirt, or other buildup. You can also wash your swim bag in the washing machine. If you do, use warm or cool water and select a gentle cycle. Wash your bag with like colors. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners, and do not soak the bag beforehand. The bright colors of swim bags are prone to bleeding and fading, and a little forethought and preparation can prevent a potential mishap.

Dry Your Swim Bag

Hang your bag to dry. Because they are made of synthetic materials that often contain plastics or rubber, dryers damage certain swim bags. You can use a dryer for bags that are primarily made of natural fibers, but should still use a low heat setting.

Preventative Care

Taking care of your swim bag while you use it is the best way to keep it in good condition for a long time. Occasionally take out all your gear and let your bag completely air dry. Clean it out with a disinfecting wipe to remove mildew, dirt, debris, and any leaked substances (shampoo, sunscreen) that can damage fabric. If your bag develops small holes or tears, repair them quickly with a needle and thread before they gets bigger. Always store wet gear and suits in outer mesh pockets, or hang them outside your bag to dry, and then make sure to take them out as soon as possible.

Swim Bags Can Last a Long Time

With proper care, swim bags can last for years and years. Because they are designed for durability, bag cleaning only needs to happen sporadically. Take care of dirty or mildewed bags sooner rather than later, and you will keep your bag in good working condition for a very long time.

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Kari Mattson
4 years ago.
Best way to get rid of the mold in your swim bag . Spray tilex disinfecting spray . soak for 20 min , and throw it in the washing machine inside out . Never bleached the bag , and the mold is gone .
4 years ago.
Thanks for the tip Kari!
4 years ago.
I just got shampoo all over the inside of my speedo pro backpack and I would like to know how to wash it in the washing machine please help
4 years ago.
Hi Leannette,

Sorry to hear that shampoo spilled all over your bag. Normally there should be washing and care instructions on the inner label of the bag. I did find a site that explains what else you can do to clean your bag. The link is below. I hope this information is helpful.

Have a great day!
4 years ago.
I ordered the Speedo large backpack swim bag. I have been extremely happy with this product. However, it smells of mold. We are careful to empty it after each use. I used bleach wipes and aired them out in the sun and they still have a moldy smell. What else can I do to get rid of the smell?
4 years ago.
Hi Tracy,

I am sorry to hear about the mold smell on your swim bag. You may want to try this tip found in the link below:

I hope this tip helps! Let us know if you have any questions. Have a great day!
Chris Griffin
4 years ago.
Gave my daughter a Speedo bag for Christmas 1 yr ago. Great bag, durable, however, bot inside bag,on bottom, is horrible black mold. I tried bleaching it, washing it 3x in washing machine, nothing got rid of mold. I now have to throw it away, so disappointed. I don't want to have to buy a new bag every 1-2 years. Any suggestions? does it have a mold resistive lining?
4 years ago.
Hi Chris,

I am sorry to hear that the Speedo bag developed mold on it. If washing it didnt remove it, you may want to try using a stain remover for stubborn stains. Mix equal parts of lemon juice and salt to form a paste. Cover the stain with the paste. Leave the backpack in the sun for about 15 minutes to bleach out the stain. Rinse the paste off the bag and let the bag air-dry. It is best to test a hidden area of the backpack for color fastness before applying it to the stain. I hope this works if you haven't thrown away the bag yet. I would also suggest making sure the bag is completely dry before storing it away so the mold does not develop. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our customer service department. Have a wonderful day!
2 years ago.
Kathleen Carnelli
5 years ago.
I have taken exceptional care of my daughters large speedo swim back pack. She just started using again last week and there is a digusting mold covering the bottom. I've tried everything to get rid if it with no luck. I am very disappointed since it was very expensive and she only used it for one season. I really would like it replaced. I do not have the money to buy a new one and its not safe for her to use it. Please help. Thank you kathleen
5 years ago.
Hi Kathleen,

I am so sorry about your suit. Please contact our Customer Service Department and someone will take care of this right away. You can reach them at: 1-800-691-4065. I have notified them and they will be trying to reach out to you as well.

Thank you,
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