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How To Care for Swimwear

When it comes to cleaning your bathing suits, it’s not sink or swim! Our foolproof tricks let you wash them clean of grime, sunscreen and sweat, while helping maintain them for your next dip. 

It’s best to launder bathing suits and trunks – or at least rinse them – as soon as possible after swimming. That’s because exposure to the saltiness of the ocean and your pool’s chemicals can damage swimwear fabrics over time, causing fading and unwanted odor. Ahead, our top tips for keeping suits in gold-medal shape. 

Step 1: Target Stains

Pretreat stains with Stain Solution. Don't forget the underwire, straps, and draw strings, where stains or perspiration can accumulate.

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Step 2: Handwash

Fix a bath of cool water and Delicate Wash. Create a mini whirlpool by agitating the water and leave to soak for 30 minutes. Then, rinse the suit well under the faucet while gently squeezing out water. Avoid ringing or twisting. Always rinse hands after hand laundering.

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Step 3: Or Machine Wash

Handwashing is always the most gentle washing method, but machine washing can be just as delicate with the right solutions. First, flip pieces inside out and insert them into a Mesh Bag. This will prevent bathing suits from snagging in the drum of the machine and protect clasps, ties, and embellishments. Select a delicate cycle, low spin, and cool or warm water and add your preferred detergent. For more fragile suits, use enzyme-free Delicate Wash, or for a boost of vibrancy and stain-fighting properties, try Darks Detergent.

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Step 4: Lay Flat To Dry

To ensure your suit lasts way beyond one season, steer clear of the dryer! The heat will reduce elasticity and weaken the fabric. Avoid drying in direct sunlight to help prevent fading.

Hot Tip: Love the hot tub? Your bathing suit doesn't. The common chemicals used in hot tubs, combined with high water temperatures can trash your suit. Be sure to wash your suit (or at least rinse with water!) soon after your jacuzzi session.