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How to Best Care for Your Favorite Swimsuits

Beach season is here, which means ice cold drinks, swimsuits and a lot of fun in the sun. If you live in a swimsuit during the summer months, it’s important that you take care of them properly to
ensure that you get the most wear out of them this year. Follow these simple tips to make sure that they look and feel great for many more summers to come.

Wash Your Swimsuit By Hand

It’s not a good idea to throw your swimsuit into the washing machine and use a harsh detergent. Always wash your suits by hand with a specially formulated soap that is suitable for fabrics with spandex. This way you can safely get rid of oil and dirt without damaging the material, keeping your swimsuit looking great for many years.

Dry Your Swimsuit the Correct Way

You may think that the best way to get your swimsuits to dry fast is by wringing out every last bit of water. But doing this can actually damage the fibers. As a result, parts of your swimsuit may start to sag. You should also avoid hanging up your swimsuit to dry in direct sunlight as this can cause it to stretch out and fade. The best way to dry your swimsuits is by laying them out on a towel.

Prepare Your New Suit

Before taking your new bathing suit for a dip in the pool or ocean, it’s a good idea to prep it. Soak it for 30 minutes in a solution of water and vinegar. This will prevent the colors of your suit from bleeding. It is particularly important to do this before getting into a hot tub since heated water can cause colors to bleed.

Rotate Your Swimsuits

Once you find a swimsuit that you love, it can be tempting to wear the same thing over and over again. But it’s important to give it time to snap back after each wear. A “memory fabric” like spandex needs at least 24 hours to come back to its original form. So if you’re planning to go on vacation or wear bathing suits a lot, make sure you switch them up.

Take Special Care Of Your Vintage Swimsuits

You’ll need to take special care of vintage swimwear since the rigors of washing and drying can be very tough on them. Washing them often will wreak havoc on the ties and construction of the padding. Always hand wash these using a gentle soap and cold water. Wring them out gently and lay them on a towel to dry. Also avoid dry cleaning, bleaching, or ironing vintage swimsuits. Pro tip: check for rips or thinning of the fabrics in key areas where you need them to stretch to avoid a wardrobe malfunction at the pool.

If you follow all of our special care tips for your swimsuits, you are on your way to looking like one of our VIVA GLAM Supermodels!

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