With the cool weather coming, it’s time to say “see ya’ next summer” to lightweight whites and swimwear. Before you store your favorite pieces away, give them one final deep cleaning. This will ensure they’re fresh of odors, yellowing, and unsightly stains next time you need them. Follow our how-to then cross your fingers there’s a tropical vacation in your future.
Give Swimwear a Splash (in the Wash Basin that is)
Finding the perfect swimsuit is a small victory. When you finally meet “the one,” you want to make it last. Sunscreen, chlorine, and sweat can cause discoloration you’ll want to remove before storing. Follow these tips to do the job without compromising your suits’ color, fit or stretch.
Step 1 – Pretreat Stains with Wash & Stain Bar.
Step 2 – Fill a wash basin or sink with warm water and mix in one capful of Sport Detergent. Then, submerge your suit.
Step 3 – Work your suit into the water agitating to reach all areas. Let your swimwear soak for 30 minutes.
Step 4 – Rinse your suit under the faucet in cold water, being mindful not to ring or twist the fabric.
Step 5 – Lay your suit flat to dry. Avoiding the dryer will ensure the fabric maintains its’ stretch and elasticity.
Brighten Up Before Boxing Up
There’s no such thing as too bright when it comes to summer whites. Before you store away your lightweight pieces, give them one last treatment to ensure they’re bright as can be come next year.
Step 2 – Apply the solution directly to the fabric and mix together with a toothbrush or The Laundress Stain Brush. Pour hot water onto the mixture and continue to work it into the fabric.
NOTE: For stains on collars, cuffs, and straps, opt for The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Simply lather the bar in warm water and work it into the fabric.
Step 3 – For overall brightening, create a bath of hot water and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. Allow your pieces to soak for 30 minutes or until desired brightening is achieved.
NOTE: This method is suitable for durable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and denim. Bleach Alternative should not be used on silk, woolens, or leathers.
Step 4 – Launder all items in The Laundress Whites Detergent. This detergent’s innovative blend of stain fighting enzymes and natural bleach alternative work wonders in eliminating elements that cause yellowing like body oils and buildup. Safe for machine or hand washing and best used with warm water.
Step 5 – If possible, air-dry your pieces in the sun. Sunlight acts as a natural brightener and disinfectant.