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Caring for and washing your favorite swimsuits

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Practical tips to care for your swimsuit and maintain its original appearance for years.

With the arrival of summer we all want to escape to enjoy the first sunny weekends and walk along the seashore or take a dip in the pool. In short, finally, feel that long-awaited vacation aroma. Take out our summer clothes and show off that new swimsuit that we like so much... But how do we keep it as beautiful as the first day? Here are some practical tips and tricks to care for your swimsuit and maintain its original appearance over the years.

Bet on a quality swimsuit.

The first thing you should take into account is quality. If you want to keep your swimsuit for several seasons in a row, you will have to go for a good quality garment, undoubtedly a little more expensive, but that will last over time. An investment that will therefore pay off quickly.

When purchasing your swimsuit, pay attention to the composition of the fabric. The higher the percentage of spandex also called elastane or lycra, the longer it will last.

Also remember to wear a swimsuit that is resistant to chlorine and friction. Small details that you will finally see how they make a difference. Last but not least, check that your swimsuit is machine washable.

Tips to care for your swimsuit.

Swimsuit fabrics are selected for their resistance to water, sunlight and certain chemicals. However, good maintenance is recommended to preserve them. To take care of your favorite swimsuit and keep it intact, here are some tips:

  1. Rinse your swimsuit with clean water after each use.
    It sounds obvious, but many times we forget to rinse our swimsuit when we leave the sea or the pool. Salt, sand or even chlorine damage your swimsuit. There is no mystery, if you want to keep your swimsuit as good as the first day, you should rinse it immediately after bathing.

  1. Dry your swimsuit without wringing it, in the shade
    Forget draining it by hand. It will deform your swimsuit and break the fibers of the fabric. Be patient and simply hang your swimsuit in the air to dry naturally. To preserve the fiber, it is advisable to always dry your swimsuit in the shade, since too direct exposure to the sun's rays will damage the colors as well as the fibers and elastics of your swimsuit. And, above all, it is prohibited to use the dryer!

  1. Wash your swimsuit in warm water.
    The ideal is to wash your swimsuit by hand in warm water with a mild laundry soap, based on olive oil, and above all without bleach. Olive oil absorbs cream and oil stains and your swimsuit will be like new again. In the Home Healthy Home collection you can use our laundry soap for silk and wool No. 13 , based on olive oil or our laundry soap for sports clothing No. 14 .
    If you have to wash it in the machine, program a short cycle with a temperature never above 30 ° C. As for the spin cycle, choose the lowest speed, maximum of 600 revolutions.
    To protect the fabric and prevent stretching, always place your swimsuits in a pillowcase or net. If your swimsuit is made of neoprene, it is preferable to use cold water.

  1. Never iron your swimsuit.
    Again, although it may seem obvious, a swimsuit should not be ironed and does not need to be ironed, especially if you dry it correctly, as we have explained above.

How to remove stains from swimsuits?

The most effective solutions to remove stains are very simple; Simply use some cold water in which you have diluted a small amount of mild laundry soap, white vinegar or baking soda. All you have to do is let it soak in, gently rub the stain with this mixture, and then rinse thoroughly. However, if the stain persists and depending on the type of stain, we can recommend the following treatments:

1. Seawater stains
Simply rub the stained area lightly with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. Rinse with clean water.
2. Tar stains
Cover the stain with butter and rub lightly. Next, rub with our Castile soap stick and let it sit for a few minutes before cleaning with warm water.
3. Oil stains and tanning products
Beauty and tanning products leave unpleasant stains on our swimsuits. They are removed by wetting the stained area with water and an olive oil-based soap. If the stain persists, rub it gently with our stain remover stick and rinse with clean water.
A tip: Apply your sunscreen before putting on your swimsuit, when possible.
4. Whiten a yellowish swimsuit
White swimsuits tend to yellow over time. Although there is no miracle solution, to restore your white swimsuit's shine, you can try soaking it overnight in warm water (no more than 30ºC) with a mixture of percarbonate and sodium carbonate. You can use, for example, our Oxygen Booster Nº04, natural. When it decomposes in water, it generates oxygen, which gives it a high whitening power and acts as a stain remover, dissolving the most stubborn stains.

Extend the life of a swimsuit

1. Alternate the use of your swimsuits:
This technique allows you to prevent your swimsuit from wearing out too quickly during a vacation at the beach or in the pool. Composed mainly of nylon, lycra or elastane fibers, your swimsuit may take more than 24 hours to recover its original shape.
Ideally, it is recommended to have one or two “fashionable” swimsuits for going to the beach or enjoying the pool and a more resistant sports swimsuit for practicing nautical activities.
2. Remove the smell of chlorine.
If, after swimming in a pool and rinsing your swimsuit, the smell of chlorine persists on the fabric, you can use our bleach stain remover powder No. 4, which has disinfectant and deodorant properties.
3. Don't sit anywhere.
Avoid sitting directly on rocks or on a rattan chair, for example, at the risk of damaging the fibers of your new bikini.
Remember to bring a sarong or towel so that your swimsuit does not come into contact with a support that could scratch the fibers and damage the fabric.
4. Spas and hydromassage baths.
Spas and hot tubs also damage the fiber of your swimsuit. Better to opt for a more resistant model.

Now that you know how to care for your swimsuits, all you have to do is enjoy the good weather! And don't forget, when the season ends, clean and store your swimsuits in an organic cotton bag.

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