Swimsuits: Handle With Care

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You’ve spent umpteen hours sifting through swimsuits, made trip after trip to the dressing room, analyzed every inch in the mirror from every angle but you found it – your perfect suit. With all that time (and money) invested who wouldn’t want their suit to last? Us too. And we’ll help you keep it looking great. Naturally you should follow the suit’s care instructions, but here are more useful tips that go beyond the ones on the label.

• Quick rinse
Rinse your suit in cold water after each wear as soon as possible – in the pool shower or sink – to help remove excess salt, chlorine and sunscreen. (Yes, you should rinse your suit even if you were only wearing it to soak up rays in the backyard. More on that in the next tip.)

• Oil-free zone
Sunscreen is a must for your skin, not your suit. Avoid getting lotions and oils on your suit as the chemicals can damage and even stain it. As an added tip, apply any sunscreen and let it absorb before you put on your suit to prevent accidental drips.

• Forgo the spin cycle
Even on the gentle cycle, a washing machine can still be too rough on your suit, especially for any padding, elastic or embellishments. It’s best to wash your suit by hand, the same day, in cold water with a mild soap, lightly massaging it to work out the chemicals and dirt.

• Gently squeeze
To remove the excess water, do not wring your suit because it can damage the fibers and make your suit lose its shape. Hanging can also stretch it out. For best results, lightly squeeze out the water, lay your suit flat in a towel, then roll up the towel to absorb the excess water. Unroll the towel and leave your suit flat to dry.

• Air dry
The heat from dryers is too harsh on swimsuit fabrics. (The same goes for the sun, which can actually fade your suit.) Find a shaded area to lay your suit flat out on a towel to dry. And be sure your suit is completely dry before putting it away.

• Take a towel
Sitting poolside, dipping your feet in the water, sipping a special drink. Now that’s relaxing. Be sure to tuck a towel underneath you to keep the rough concrete from causing unsightly seat snags.

With just a few simple steps, your suit (and you) will look spectacular the entire summer and seasons to come.

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