How to Clean and Care for Your Swimsuit
Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your Mimi & August bathing suit. The important thing is to extend its lifespan by making a few small changes to the way you take care of it.
Chlorine used in swimming pools and spas can break the elastic fibers of your swimsuit and can discolor the bright colors of the fabrics. Sea salt, sweat, sunscreen and tanning cream also affects the elasticity and can lead to eventual degradation of the material.
MAKE SURE TO WASH YOUR SWIMSUIT AFTER EVERY WEAR
Always rinse your swimsuit immediately after leaving a pool, spa or other swimming area. Wash your suit with fresh cold water as soon as possible after wearing it. Mineral-based lotions such as sunscreen and tanning creams can cause gradual yellowing or staining over time if swimsuits are not washed properly.
For best results, wash your swimsuit by hand and use a delicate detergent especially created to remove any accumulated chlorine and salt. Do not use chlorine to wash your bathing suit.
If you have time, let the swimsuit soak in cold water for 25 minutes. Soaking your bathing suit will remove most chemicals, salt, sand, and body oil that can damage the fabric.
Your swimsuit should dry flat, away from direct sunlight. Straps made of swimsuit material should also be washed with the same care if they are in contact with chlorinated water, salt water or any other mineral-based lotion.
NEVER THROW YOUR SWIMSUIT IN THE WASHING MACHINE
Make sure your suit is completely dry before putting it away. Never, ever wash your swimsuit in the washing machine, even on the delicate/handwash cycle. Water temperatures in washing machines are incredibly hard to regulate and the detergents made for machines are far too strong for swimwear fabric.
Please pay attention to your swimsuit when sitting on rough surfaces such as cement or untreated wood. It could scratch the fabric of your swimsuit and cause irreparable damage. Caring for your suit in the appropriate manner is the best way possible to ensure that it will not deteriorate in an untimely manner.
Important things to avoid
- NEVER let a swimsuit dry directly in the sun. This may cause fading.
- NEVER put a swimsuit in the dryer. The heat will destroy the elasticity of the fabric.
- We recommend you to not frequently use the same bathing suit in the Jacuzzi.
- Don’t hang a swimsuit on a metal rod to dry. Hanging can alter the shape of the garment, while the metal rod could leave a rust mark that’s impossible to erase.
- AVOID rough surfaces (concrete, wood, etc) at all costs.
- ALWAYS lay down a towel before you sit.