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How to take care of your swimwear

posted on Friday, 26th May 2017 | find under Fashion
Swimwear may look resilient, but it has to endure more than any other garment you own. Chlorine, salt, heat, poolside knocks, and constantly going from dry to wet are all working against your bikini and one piece, but there are simple things you can do to keep it pristine. Here's our top tips below.

Model wears the Glo Bikini Set


Easier said than done, but we recommend rinsing within 30 minutes of getting out of the water to minimise chlorine damage. If you have time to allow the suit to soak in cool water before washing, as this will remove most of the chemicals and sand. 

One thing to note as much as you love a hot shower, your swimwear doesn't as the water pressure can be too much for delicate knits. We recommend filling the sink with lukewarm water and throwing it in as you jump in the bathroom. 

Wash Correctly

To ensure your swimwear lasts, washing correctly is key. If you do use the washing machine, ensure to wash at a low temperature (40°C/104°F max) with a reduced spin. Though the movement of the machine can can damage delicate pieces, leaving things bunched, stretched, or otherwise ill-fitting so we recommend hand washing when you can. What's more, do not, we repeat do not, tumble dry, bleach or dry clean your bikini or swimsuit. 

Turn Inside Out

Turn your swimsuit or bikini inside out to prevent any lint building up. 

Untie Your Straps

Untie any bikinis before you wash so you're not washing with tension. By washing (and drying) in its original shape, the swimsuit will revert back to it's proper size. 

Keep Cool

Hot water is bad for swimwear. So never wash your swimsuit on a hot wash (we recommend a maximum of 40°C or 104°F) and avoid too many dips in the jacuzzi. Hot tub fan? Reserve one swimsuit for warmer water, as the high chlorine content can cause colour to fade and damage fibres.

No Wringing

After washing, gently squeeze - don't wring - the water out of the fabric as this can cause swimwear to loose shape.

It Takes Two

Alternate your swimwear every day, the more you swim the less quickly the elastane will recover. We recommend giving each piece at least 24 hours bounce back time, so what better excuse to buy a few options?

Dry Off

Drying your swimwear correctly is just as important as washing it. The first rule, don't bunch up your wet costume into a towel, lay it flat to dry and if you're in a hot country, just lie it out on your balcony to dry naturally, nothing is better. Though take care to avoid direct sunlight, UV rays can cause colour to fade. 

Avoid Suncream

Not on your body can we add, lather on that Factor 50, though to avoid getting any colour damaging cream on your swimwear put it on pre-swimwear as soon as you dry off from the shower. Added bonus, this is a great way to prevent unwanted burning. 

Sit On A Towel 

Whenever you're sitting on the ground next to the pool, on a wooden bench, or on any other rough surface, try to sit on a towel. Impromptu seats, the corners of the pool and rocks in the ocean can snag and tear material, so be careful around rough edges. 

Sunbathe First, Then Swim

If you plan to sunbathe after swimming, change into dry swimwear. The combination of chlorine from the pool, body perspiration and suntanning lotions are guaranteed to cause damage. 

Shop the full Sweaty Betty swimwear collection here, from mesh one pieces, to sexy swimsuits and reversible bikinis we have everyone covered.
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