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How to Properly Care for and Store Swimsuits, Swim Trunks, and Other Swimwear

Swimwear, whether it’s swimsuits, swim trunks, or bikinis, is essential to summer wardrobes and vacations. However, due to their frequent exposure to chlorine, salt water, sunscreen, and UV rays, swimwear can wear out quickly if not properly cared for. To ensure your swimwear remains looking its best for many seasons, follow these tips for proper care and storage.


Tips for Washing Your Swimwear


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Rinse Immediately

After each use, rinse your swimwear in cool, clean water as soon as possible. Chlorine, salt, and other chemicals from pools or the ocean can deteriorate the fabric and cause colors to fade. Rinsing removes these harmful substances before they have a chance to cause damage.

Hand Wash Only

Since machine-washing swimwear can be too harsh, it's best to hand wash your swimwear with a gentle detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Never use bleach or fabric softeners on swimwear. Bleach can break down the fibers, while fabric softeners can leave a residue that affects the fabric's elasticity. Instead, stick to mild detergents designed for delicate materials.


Tips for Drying Your Swimwear


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Air drying is always the best method for drying your swim suit or swim trunks. 

Do Not Wring

After washing, gently press out excess water instead of wringing because it can stretch and damage the fibers, causing your swimwear to lose its shape.

Air Dry Flat

Lay your swimwear flat to dry on a clean, dry towel, preferably in a shaded area. Avoid hanging it by the straps or laying it over a rod, as this can cause stretching. Also, keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent colors from fading.

Avoid the Dryer

Never put swimwear in the dryer. The heat can damage the elastic fibers, causing the material to lose its stretch and fit. 


How to Properly Store Your Swimwear


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Clean and Dry

Before storing your swimwear, ensure it is completely clean and dry. Storing damp swimwear can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Fold Carefully

Fold your swimwear gently to avoid creasing or damaging the elastic. Avoid folding it in ways that put stress on straps or ties, as these can become stretched over time.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place

Store your swimwear in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Excessive heat and light can deteriorate the fabric and elasticity. To further protect your swimwear, use a breathable fabric bag or a drawer lined with acid-free tissue paper. 

Avoid Plastic Bags

Do not store swimwear in plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and promote mold growth. Instead, opt for fabric storage bags or containers that allow air circulation.


Special Considerations When Caring for Your Swimwear


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Remove Stains Promptly

If your swimwear gets stained with sunscreen, oils, or other substances, treat the stain promptly. Gently dab the stain with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Rotate Your Swimwear

If you swim frequently, having multiple pieces of swimwear to rotate through is a good idea. This gives each piece a chance to rest and recover its shape, extending its lifespan.

Avoid Rough Surfaces

When wearing swim suits or other swimwear, avoid sitting on rough surfaces, such as pool decks or rocky beaches. These surfaces can snag and damage the fabric. Always use a towel or a soft surface to sit on to protect your swimwear best.


Proper care and storage of swimwear can significantly extend its lifespan, keeping it looking vibrant and fitting well for many seasons. Taking the time to care for your swimwear not only saves you money but also ensures you always look your best at the pool or beach.

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