Let’s face it, finding a great bathing suit that flatters, is stylish yet still functional is no easy task. So when you finally find just the right one you definitely want to keep it looking great. Between the chlorine and the sun and the outdoor surfaces, thought, your favorite suit of the summer can take a beating.
Here are a few tips to help your cute suit maintain its stylish shape and color all summer long.
- No matter what kind of water you’ve been enjoying, rinse your swimsuit after every use. Chlorine, salt, and sunscreen will wreak havoc on the color and fabric of your suit. This should be done as soon as possible, HOWEVER, and this is a really big however, DO NOT LET YOUR SUIT JUST SOAK IN THE WATER. This will cause colors to bleed and fade.
- Always wash your suit in cold water. Hot water can break down lycra and spandex, which will eventually cause it to stretch out and lose its shape. So don’t just toss it into the washing machine or hop into a hot shower while you’re wearing it. Instead, gently hand wash your swimsuit in cold or lukewarm water using a mild detergent then lay it flat to dry (don’t wring it out!). Be sure to dry the swimsuit indoors or in the shade—avoid direct sunlight since UV rays can cause the fabric to fade and deteriorate.
- Protect your bottom…..pay attention to the surface you may be sitting on if you decide to sit along the side of a pool. Many can be rough and will cause some pretty serious snagging on the rear of your bathing suit.
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