Now that you’ve found the most figure-flattering and photogenic swimwear for you, it’s time to learn how to preserve its glory. Similar to our bras and panties, swimsuits call for extra love and care. You can’t just dump them in the washer and hang-dry them as you do with your regular clothes. There are special steps you need to take to keep them looking as good as new always. Whether you favor bikinis, mailliots, or tankinis, below are the rules on how to keep them in tip-top shape.
Preserve the color of your swimsuit by soaking them in a vinegar-water solution. This will keep their hues vivid longer.
Shower before and after you wear your swimsuit.
Showering before wearing your swimsuit will prevent it from absorbing body oils, perspiration, dirt, and product residue. Then, after swimming, hit the showers immediately to rinse chlorine or salt water off the fabric.
Avoid rough surfaces.
While sitting on the sand or on rocks to get the perfect shot sounds like a good idea, your swimsuit’s fabric might get snagged. Place a beach towel or scarf on the surface first before taking a seat.
Rinse your suit before using and storing.
Control chlorine and salt water absorption by drenching your swimsuit in water before slipping it on.
Spot-remove sunscreen stains with baking soda or vinegar.
Put a generous amount of baking soda directly on the sunscreen stain, allow to sit for two hours, and wash according to manufacturer’s suggestions. Alternatively, you can soak your swimsuit in one part vinegar and three parts warm water to lift the stain.
Do not store them wet in plastic bags
Damp swimsuits should never be stored in plastic bags because this causes mildew (those little black dots you see on your suit) to grow. If you must store them in a plastic bag, poke tiny holes on the bag and wrap a towel around your suit to absorb moisture.
Hand wash with a gentle detergent.
Just like lingerie, your swim buddies need gentle washing. Fill a basin with cold water and mild detergent (We recommend Human Nature’s Tough Love Natural Liquid Detregent, P299.75 at www.humanheartnature.com). Immerse the suit for at least 15 minutes before gently kneading it to loosen up dirt, chemicals, and oil. Rinse until the water runs clear. Never wring it out to maintain its elasticity and shape. Roll it to squeeze out excess water. Drying it is another story...
Lay it flat to dry.
Do not hang-dry swimsuits because the weight of the water will stretch out the elastic fibers. Instead, lay it flat on a towel to drip-dry, but don’t leave it on the towel for too long because this may also cause mildew. Take it off and continue to flat-dry the swimsuit in a well-ventilated, shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight because this will cause the color to fade fast.
Store the suit flat to retain its shape.
For long-term storage, place the swimsuit flat in a lined box to maintain its shape. For molded cups, stack them to avoid lumps and creases.
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