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How to Wash Fashion Swimwear

Proper washing can help to keep your fashion swimwear looking newer, longer. Gradual wear and tear is bound to happen, but if you care for your swimsuit properly, you will be rewarded in the long run. Your suit will stay vibrant and maintain its elasticity. The following tips outline how to properly wash a fashion swimsuit.

Rinse after Use

  • Rinse your swimsuit in cold water as soon as possible after use. This helps to wash off any chemicals, saltwater, or sand before they can damage the suit's material.
  • Many pools and beaches have showers. If you don't have access to a shower, simply rinse your swimsuit in a sink or other clean water source after use.

Washing Instructions

  • If the suit's care instructions avoid against using a washing machine, hand-wash the swimsuit in cold water.
  • If the suit's care instructions allow using a washing machine, place the swimsuit in a pillow case or mesh bag to protect it from getting torn, tangled, or stretched by the machine or other garments.
  • Wash the suit with only two white towels (to protect it from the rigors of the machine), or with other delicates in place of the towels.
  • Make sure the machine settings are on "cold wash" and "delicate."
  • Use only a small amount of mild detergent.

Hang Dry

  • Dry the swimsuit by hanging it on a clothes line or hanger. Do not hang the swimsuit in direct sunlight — UV rays can cause the fabric to fade.
  • Do not put your swimsuit in a dryer — dryers can do permanent damage to the fabric.
  • Do not twist or wring out your swimsuit to remove excess water — this could damage the elasticity of the fabric.

Enjoy the feeling of owning a brand new swimsuit by keeping yours looking good-as-new!

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4 years ago.
What is the best way to wash a beach cover up? Thank You
4 years ago.
Hello! Many cover ups advise to hand wash in cold water with mild detergent and lay flat to dry. It is always best to refer to the cover up tag for care instructions. Hope this helps!
4 years ago.
Good morning,
Can you recommend a brand of soap to wash a swimsuit?

4 years ago.
Hi Roda,
A mild detergent to consider is Woolite. You can usually find this at Target. We also offer swimsuit cleaners on our website, you can check out Summer Solutions Designer Suit Solutions 8oz. I hope this helps!
4 years ago.
So don't wring out the water and just hang it to dry? Wouldn't the water pooling at the bottom stretch out the fiber?
4 years ago.
Hi Michi,
You can also gently roll your suit in a clean dry towel lightly pressing to remove the excess water then hang to dry (or follow your swimsuit care instructions).
5 years ago.
I saw on another website to put the swimsuit in a bucket of cool water and liquid hand soap. Will that work
5 years ago.
Hi Emma,
Yes, that's a method that many people use. Please remember to use mild liquid hand soap and never twist or wring the swimsuit to remove excess water. Have a great day!
Marion Miller
6 years ago.
Should you use fabric softener?
6 years ago.
Hi Marion,

Using fabric softener is optional. We do not recommend that you throw your suit in the washer or dryer though. And the liquid form or fabric softener can stain some materials. I hope this information is helpful. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. Have a wonderful day!
8 years ago.
Hey J. Igarashi -

Generally any suit that's made out of polyester tends to hold up well in chlorine. I would suggest looking for a Speedo Endurance suit.

Hope this helps!

J. Igarashi
8 years ago.
Need chlorine resistant swimsuit for swimming pools.
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