Bathing suits are a summer essential, but they can also be tricky to clean. With the right care, however, you can keep your bathing suit looking and feeling like new. Here are some tips for washing and drying your bathing suit from Tama Laundry Service.
Read the label
First, it is important to read the care label on your bathing suit before washing. Many suits are made from delicate materials and require special care. If the label says "hand wash" or "dry clean only," be sure to follow those instructions to avoid damaging the suit.
Soak and hand wash
If your bathing suit is machine washable, start by filling your sink or a small basin with cool water and a mild detergent. Gently agitate the water to create suds, then add your bathing suit. Use your hands to gently rub the suit together, paying extra attention to any areas that have come into contact with sunscreen, chlorine or saltwater. Be careful not to wring or twist the suit, as this can damage the fabric.
After a few minutes of soaking, rinse the suit thoroughly in cool water to remove all traces of detergent. Again, be careful not to wring or twist the suit.
Towel Dry - Avoid Heat
When it comes to drying your bathing suit, it is important to avoid using heat. Heat can damage the elastic and the colors in the suit. The best way to dry your suit is to lay it flat on a clean, white towel. Gently press out any excess water, then roll up the towel and suit together, pressing again to remove more water. Unroll the towel and lay the suit out to dry, making sure to keep it out of direct sunlight or heat.
You can also hang your suit to dry, using a clothes hanger or a shower rod, but be sure to use a padded hanger to avoid stretching the straps.
Another option for drying your suit is to use a salad spinner, which can be a great way to remove water without wringing or stretching the fabric.
Avoid Fabric Softener and Bleach
It's also recommended to avoid using fabric softener, bleach or any kind of harsh chemicals on your bathing suits as it can damage the material.
In summary, to properly care for your bathing suit, it is important to read the care label, use a mild detergent, avoid using heat, wringing or twisting the suit when washing or drying, and hang or lay flat to dry. Avoid using fabric softener, bleach or any kind of harsh chemicals on your bathing suits.
Following these tips will help you to take good care of your bathing suit and extend its life. In addition, it is a good idea to have more than one bathing suit in rotation so that each suit has time to fully dry between uses. If you plan on swimming often or wearing your bathing suit for extended periods of time, consider having two or three suits on hand so that you can easily switch out a wet suit for a dry one.
When storing your bathing suits between uses, always make sure they are completely dry before folding and putting them away. If possible, store the suits in breathable fabric bags to prevent mildew growth. Additionally, avoid storing them near direct sunlight as it can cause fading or discoloration.
By following these tips, you can help keep your bathing suits looking and feeling like new for many summers to come. With proper care and maintenance, you can ensure that you are always ready to hit the beach or pool in style. So don’t be afraid to take a dip - just make sure you take care of your suit afterward. Tama Laundry Service is here to help with all your laundry needs!