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CARING FOR your SWIMWEAR

We would always recommend that you follow the care information from the product supplier, but sometimes the labels may fade due to the chlorine in swimming pools after a few wears.

If this is the case, we have put together some washing guidelines that will help you to care for your swimwear in order to extend its life.

Most fashion swimwear has a content of elastane. Elastane is a yarn that makes the swimwear stretchy and clingy. Unfortunately, this yarn will degrade and lose its properties when it is subjected to chlorine, sunlight, salt water, perspiration and even the oils in sun creams. This degeneration in the fibre can cause your garment to appear yellow or the fibres to disintegrate. In order to extend the life of your swimwear, it is essential that you care for it correctly.

By hand

  • Remove any jewellery and ensure your nails do not have any sharp edges.
  • Shallow fill either a clean sink or a bucket using the specified amount of bleach free mild detergent or a detergent specifically formulated for swimwear.
  • Swirl the garments gently in the suds.
  • Gently rub any stubborn areas with your thumb, taking care not to agitate the fibres as this could cause them to break.
  • Leave the items to soak for up to an hour.
  • Remove the items and rinse under gently running water.

Machine washing

You should aim to machine wash your swimwear on a gentle cycle after every three or four wears. This will help remove a lot more of the chlorine, sand, salt and sweat than can be removed by hand washing. We recommend that you put your swimsuit in a mesh lingerie bag during washing.

  • Use a mild detergent formulated for delicates that does not contain bleach or a detergent formulated for swimwear.
  • Turn items inside out to help to prevent any build up of lint during washing.
  • Place the items in a delicates bag to prevent them from becoming tangled and damaged when placed in the washing machine.
  • Put the washing bag in the washing machine on a low temperature setting and on the delicates cycle.
  • Do not wash with other items.
Remove sand from your swimwear before washing in the machine, when your swimwear is dry, gently stretch and flick the garment and the sand will easily fall away.

Drying

  • Avoid drying swimwear in direct sunlight as this will fade the colours or print.
  • Hang dry matching sets together, so that if fading does occur, the pieces will still match.
  • Do not wring out tightly as this may cause the fibres to break.
  • Dry on a towel. To blot off any excess, roll the towel up with the garments inside and then unroll and leave to dry.
  • Do not put your swimwear in the dryer as this will degenerate the fabrics

Do

  • Rinse your garment immediately after use to ensure that you remove any residues left on your garment such as chlorine or salt water.
  • Wash your garment according to the manufacturer's recommendations as soon as possible after use.
  • Wash Bikinis & Tankinis together, so that if fading does occur, the pieces will still match.
  • Take extra care with fluorescent colours, as these are the most likely to fade or dull.
  • Only store your suit when it is completely dry (storing it slightly damp will affect the colour).
Hot tubs and Jacuzzi pools have high chlorine content so avoid wearing your favourite swimsuit in these, as the chlorine may fade colours and damage the fibres.

Don't

  • Leave garments wrapped in plastic bags or in your sports bag as this will prevent residues from evaporating and assist in the breakdown of the yarns.
  • Leave the garments to soak for an extended period of time.
  • Use fabric conditioners as these can also have a degenerative effect on the elastane yarns.
  • Leave to dry in direct sunlight.
  • Leave in contact with other garments whilst drying.
  • Iron your swimwear, excessive heat destroys swimsuit fabric.
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