Pool season is upon us in Berlin and we are more than ready for it! But how do we care for our precious swimwear? Well let’s have a look at our swimwear care guide, shall we?
Swimwear by its nature will never be the most durable piece in your wardrobe. It has to withstand salt water, chlorine and a lot of sun. All of these are highly damaging to the synthetic fibres that your average swimwear is made from. This being said, we still want to ensure your favourite swimwear holds up as long as possible. And it’s not all bad news really, there are some general tips and tricks to keep that lifecycle going a bit longer. Keep reading to find our best swimwear care tips.
RULE #1: ALWAYS WASH
Always wash your swimwear even if you didn’t go for a dip. Most sunscreens contain ingredients that can be damaging to the fabric and can lead to the eventual breakdown of the material. It gets worse though, mineral-based lotions and oil formulations can cause yellowing or gradual stains over time if swimsuits are not washed properly. In case you did go for a swim, remember chlorine and salt water are especially damaging to your favourite swimwear by speeding up the fading process.
RULE #2: HAND WASH ONLY
Don’t just chuck your swimwear into the washing machine if you want it to have a long lifetime. Instead wash it by hand and use a gentle washing detergent for delicate pieces. Or if you don’t have any detergent on hand our favourite hero comes into play again: white vinegar! It’s deodorizing and antibacterial properties will also do the trick. Since we know washing detergent or white vinegar might not be part of your travel essentials we suggest at least use fresh water to wash off your swimwear.
RULE #3: HAND WASHING DONE RIGHT
Fill your sink with water and detergent or vinegar. Let your favourite swimwear soak it all up by leaving it there for around 30 minutes. Afterwards rinse it with fresh water – remember no hot water – and while tempting restrain yourself from wringing out your swimwear as it can damage the spandex. Instead, lay it out flat to dry and try to not dry it in the direct sunlight as this will increase the fading process.
RULE #4: DON’T TUMBLE DRY
You probably guessed this already but do not tumble dry your swimwear. The heat will damage the spandex and ultimately your swimwear will lose all it’s form. Instead follow our rule #3 for the appropriate drying process.