How to Care for Swimsuits
Figuring out how to care for swimsuits correctly is just as important as buying the right suits in the first place. With proper care, your swimwear will stay in top condition for longer, meaning more use out of your favorite suits—and less worry about having to seek out constant replacements, especially if you’re in the water a lot.
As leaders in athletic swim gear, we know a thing or two about how to wash swimsuits. So to help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide to proper care practices. Here’s what you should know.
Swimsuit Care Tips
To make sure your favorite swimsuits last as long as possible, follow these essentials:
- Hand wash for best results. Skip the washing machine, which can cause damage to your suit’s delicate fabric. Instead, opt for hand washing using cold water and a super gentle detergent.
- Always air dry. Just as you shouldn’t put your suit in the washing machine, you also shouldn’t put it in the dryer. After cleaning, spread your suit out flat until it's fully dry in an area where it won’t get hit with direct sunlight.
- Don’t wring your suits out. It’s tempting to try to wring every drop of water out of your suit, but this can stretch and distort the material. As a better alternative, roll your wet suit up in a towel and gently press to remove excess water.
Understanding Different Types of Swimsuits & Swimsuit Fabrics
Not all swimsuits are the same, and knowing the differences is important for ensuring that you have the best experience with your suit—and that you follow the right care techniques.
This type of fabric is super durable and known to hold its shape well, even after regular use. And today’s poly/spandex blends are a lot softer than they used to be. To avoid any pilling however, be doubly sure to use gentle motions during hand washing—and to let your suit fully dry in between uses.
Nylon is another durable fabric popular in swimwear. Keep in mind that it doesn’t hold its color as well as poly/spandex, so you’ll want to be careful to keep it out of direct sunlight whenever possible to prevent fading.
While not quite as popular, you may also find suits in natural fabrics such as cotton and wool. These types of fabrics lose their shape quickly in water, meaning you’ll need to be extra careful not to stretch or pull on your gear.
What swimsuit fabrics are best for…
Beach: Poly/spandex and cotton/poly/spandex blends.
Pool: Poly/spandex and nylon.
Water sports: Poly/spandex.
The Best Suits for Your Body and Needs
Zumo is top of the line in swimsuit quality, customization, and variety, with super soft, super durable suits that are specially designed for both athletic and recreational purposes. Shop our online store or get in touch to learn about our swimsuit customization options for men, women, kids, and teams. Because when you start with the best swimsuit possible, you already have the basics you need for a suit that will be with you for the long haul.
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