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How to Clean Bathing Suits: A List of Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Steven Toltz

The perfect bathing suit can be next-to-impossible to find, so when you do come across that perfect piece of pool or beachwear, it’s imperative to properly care for it in order to extend its life for many summer seasons to come. The easiest method to ensure longevity is by knowing the best way to clean a bathing suit. When it comes to cleaning swimwear, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts — but we’re here to help. With a little effort and know-how, it’s a snap to keep your summer styles looking fresh and fabulous.

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Read the Bathing Suit Care Instructions

Clothing care labels contain symbols that typically outline the ideal way to wash and care for a garment. If the label is missing or has become illegible, follow the suggestions below to extend the life of your bathing suit or swim trunks.

Washing a Bathing Suit Every Time You Wear it is Key

Sunscreens, sweat, dirt, and chlorine all contain compounds that damage fabrics and can lead to a breakdown of the material if they sit on the fibers for an extended amount of time. Wash your swimsuit after every use and follow the directions below to keep your clothes in their best, most vibrant condition.

    1. Hand wash your swimsuit after use. 
    2. Use mild or specialized detergent. 
    3. Do not put your swimsuit in the washing machine.

While some say it’s okay to put your bathing suit in a mesh bag in the washing machine on the gentle cycle, most swimsuit manufacturers maintain that you should never put them in the washing machine, as they will lose their elasticity. The exception to this rule is men’s swimming trunks, which are durable enough to withstand the washer after multiple wears. Obviously, if your suit has any adornments, the washing machine is a hard pass, as is the dryer for any woman’s suit; the heat weakens the elasticity of the spandex and ruins the fit.

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How to Hand Wash Your Bathing Suit

For best results, wash your suit by hand, using detergent that is specifically meant for delicates or high spandex-content fabrics, to protect the color and eliminate soil without ruining the fine fibers. Typical laundry detergents are far too harsh for most spandex swimwear and will often cause the color to fade, especially with brighter colors. White vinegar, for its deodorizing and antibacterial properties, or mild hand soap without added moisturizers, are other effective home remedies. At bare minimum, rinse your suit in fresh water until it’s convenient to properly hand wash.

To wash, fill your sink with cold water, and add one capful of specialized detergent, white vinegar, or hand soap. Turn your bathing suit inside out, swish it around, soak it for up to 30 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Soaking swimwear any longer can loosen the fibers and negatively affect the shape.

When it comes to your drying process, do not wring out or twist your swimsuits, as you’ll deform the spandex fibers. Gently roll your suit in a clean dry towel, lightly pressing to remove the excess water. Lay the suit flat to dry; do not leave out in the sun, as this will fade the fabric. Don’t hang a swimsuit; hanging can also alter the shape of the garment.

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Dry Clean Your Swimsuits to Keep Them at Their Best

Sometimes, cleaning delicate swimwear by hand just isn’t worth the hassle — especially if you’re preparing for (or returning from) a long vacation where multiple styles are a must. Here’s where Dependable Cleaners saves the day! Dry cleaners possess both specialized equipment and cleaning solutions, along with the expertise necessary to address intricate cleaning issues without compromising the color, fit, or shape of your swimwear. Each article entrusted to Dependable Cleaner’s care undergoes a rigorous 7-point quality inspection, fortified by our comprehensive quality assurance guarantee. Opting for professional cleaning can lengthen the durability of your swimsuits and ensure a vibrant, eye-catching appearance for every vacation and poolside occasion. When it comes to summer fashion, make the choice that’s Dependable! 

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