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Caring for and washing your favorite swimsuits

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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 aroma of vacation. Take out our summer clothes and show off that new swimsuit that we like so much... But how do you keep it as beautiful as the first day? Here are some practical tips and tricks to care for your swimsuit and preserve its original appearance over the years.

Bet on a quality swimsuit.

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

When buying 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 scratches. 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 take care of 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 get out of 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 the first day, you should rinse it immediately after bathing.

  1. Dry your swimsuit without wringing it out, in the shade
    Forget wringing it out by hand. It will deform your swimsuit and break the fibers of the fabric. Be patient and simply air-line your swimsuit 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 forbidden to use the dryer!

  1. Wash your swimsuit in lukewarm water.
    Ideally, wash your swimsuit by hand in lukewarm water with a mild laundry soap, based on olive oil, and especially 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 sportswear 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, choose the lowest speed, maximum 600 revolutions.
    To protect the fabric and prevent it from stretching, always place your swimsuits in a pillowcase or net. If your swimsuit is neoprene, it is preferable to use cold water.

  1. Never iron your swimsuit.
    Once again, although it may seem obvious, a swimsuit should not be ironed and it is not necessary to iron it, especially if you dry it properly, as we have explained above.

How to remove stains from swimsuits?

The most effective solutions to remove stains are very simple; just use a little cold water in which you have diluted a small amount of a mild laundry soap, white vinegar or baking soda. All you have to do is let it soak in, gently rub the mixture into the stain, 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 part lightly with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. Rinse with clean water.
2. Tar stains
Coat the stain with butter and rub lightly. Next, rub with our Castile soap stick and leave for a few minutes before cleaning with lukewarm water.
3. Oil stains and suntan products
Beauty and sunscreen products leave unsightly stains on our swimsuits. They are removed by moistening 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 word of advice: apply your sunscreen before putting on your bathing suit, when possible.
4. Whiten a yellowed swimsuit
White swimsuits tend to yellow over time. Although there is no miracle solution, to make your white swimsuit shine again, you can try soaking it overnight in lukewarm water (not more than 30ºC) with a mixture of percarbonate and sodium carbonate. You can use, for example, our Oxygen Booster Nº04, natural. When it breaks down 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 the 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 can take more than 24 hours to recover its original shape.
Ideally, it is recommended to have one or two “fashionable” bathing suits to go to the beach or enjoy the pool and a more resistant sports swimsuit to practice nautical activities.
2. Remove the smell of chlorine.
If, after swimming in a pool and rinsing your swimsuit, the smell of chlorine lingers on the fabric, you can use our No. 4 Powdered Stain-Removing Bleach which has disinfectant and deodorant properties.
3. Don't sit anywhere.
Avoid sitting directly on the rocks or in a rattan lounge chair, for example, at the risk of damaging the fibers of your new bikini.
Remember to bring a pareo or a 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 hydromassage baths also ruin the fiber of your swimsuit. Better to opt for a more resistant model.

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

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