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Do you own a beautiful swimsuit? When it comes to your favorite bikini or one-piece, the last thing you want is to end up damaging them. Let’s be real here, finding the right swimwear for you can be something of a trial. So, with that in mind, when you finally get it right, you want to make sure that you treat the suit well.

To keep the costume looking fresh for as long as possible, washing it correctly is the key. Here’s what you need to know:

Rinse your suit after you swim

If you’ve been swimming in a pool or relaxing in a spa, you need to take care of your suit immediately afterward. Don’t just leave your suit to wash at home. There are loads of chemicals – such as chlorine – in pools that could play havoc with the material of your swimwear. For that reason, it’s important to rinse the costume as soon as you take it off. You could even use some gentle soap to get rid of any chemicals there too.

Don’t roll it up to store it away

Your impulse may be to roll the swimsuit up in a towel and pop it in your bag. Sure, this could be the most convenient way to take your suit home but it’s not the smartest. Not by a long shot. If your costume or bikini is still damp, you could find that this small and simple thing ends up damaging it more than you realize. It’s not worth the hassle. Make sure that you dry your swimsuit before you take it home with you. Easy!

Leave to dry naturally (out of the sun!)

So, how should you dry your swimwear? Well, the best thing that you can do for the fabric is leave it to dry naturally. If there’s somewhere that you can hang up your suit, do that and leave it for an hour or so to get completely dry. Be careful when it comes to the sun! Leaving your costume in direct sunlight may seem like a smart move but it could be dangerous. Believe it or not, the sun can bleach your suit and change its color in a relatively short period. Don’t bother taking the risk here at all.

Related: How To Store Your Swimsuits In The Off Season

Hand-wash your swimsuit at home

When you are at home, it’s time to wash your swimwear as thoroughly as you can. Don’t make the mistake of putting your suit in the washing machine. While this is the easiest way to clean it, you could find that the hash detergent and the cycle damage it more than you expect. Plus, the heat from the washer will be dangerous for your swimsuit. Rather than doing that, you need to hand-wash the suit in the sink. Use some gentle soap or cleaning liquids to make sure that you get it nice and clean.

Rinse well and hang up

After you are completely done, you need to rinse your swimsuit well! Make sure that there is no soap left on the material. You should use cool water to do the rinsing so that you don’t put too much stress on the fabric. Then, when you are sure that there are no cleaning products left on the suit, you can go ahead and hang it up. Leave it somewhere where it can dry naturally and give it the time to do so. You won’t regret it.

Warning: Never iron your swimsuit

Finally, there’s one important thing that you absolutely have to note! You should never, ever try to iron your high-quality swimsuit. Putting a hot (or even medium-hot!) iron onto this type of fabric could ruin it altogether. You may find that it burns or even melts the material. Even ironing it with a towel over it is something of an error here. Bonus: When you leave the piece to dry naturally, there shouldn’t be any creases in it anyway.

Related: How To Find The Most Flattering Swimsuit For Your Shape

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Happy swimsuit shopping!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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