9 Important JRS Bikini Care Tips
1. Wash It Right Away
The most important thing you can do when cleaning your swimsuit is to rinse it off right after wearing it, then hand-wash it well when you get home. This will minimize the amount of time the fabric is exposed to harsh agents like sunscreen, perspiration, salt, and chlorine. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to wear your suit into the shower.
2. Wash Your Swimsuit By Hand
The agitation of a washing machine can damage the fabrics even if set on the gentle cycle. The dyes in the fabrics are also more likely to run and potentially ruin your other summer clothes. In fact, washing your swimsuit in the washing machine is probably the worst thing you could do to your swimsuits. Like you, they need gentle love and care.
3. Don’t Use Laundry Detergent, You’ll Regret It Later
Many guides out there say to use a little bit of detergent to clean your bathing suits. But laundry detergents are far too harsh for most spandex swimwear and will often cause the color to fade – especially brighter colors. Even just a little bit of detergent can lead to color fading. And never use bleach – even on white swimwear! Instead, use mild hand soap that doesn’t have added moisturizers.
4. Despite Every Instinct, Don’t Wring Out Your Swimsuit
It is very tempting to do this but you need to resist. Wringing your suit is the fastest way to wear it out, lose its shape and elasticity. Instead, lay it flat on a towel and roll the towel up and squeeze gently. Remove it from the towel and lay it flat to dry.
5. Don’t Tumble Dry Your Swimsuit
The constant tumbling from a dryer combined with the excessive heat is a quick way to ruin your favorite swimsuit.
6. Don’t Hang Dry
This may surprise you but it’s best not to hang your swimwear to dry as water pooling at the bottom will stretch out the fibers. Dry the suit indoors or in the shade. Direct sun will fade the colors. Don’t dry it over an air conditioner as you’ll likely make the whole room smell of damp bathing suit. Mmmmmm lovely.
7. What If You Don’t Have Enough Time To Dry It?
If you must dry your bathing suit quickly, you can use your hair dryer. Just make sure that it’s set to blow cool air. If it doesn’t have time to dry, stuff your wet suit in a plastic bag before you pack it up, it’s a good idea to poke a few holes in the bag for ventilation and then wrap a T-shirt or towel around it to catch any drips. You’d be amazed how quickly mold starts to grow without the ventilation.
8. Let It Rest
You probably know that Women’s swimwear is typically made from spandex fabric. But did you know spandex is actually a memory fabric? This means that when it gets stretched out it goes back to its original shape. Make sure you give your bathing suit a break. It usually takes about a day for a swim piece to get back to its normal condition. So don’t wear the same swimsuit on consecutive days. Alternating between suits will allow them to breathe and return to their original shape. Besides, you probably have a few custom JRS swimsuits in your wardrobe just waiting to be worn! If not, then what are you waiting for? Lets shop!
9. Have More Than One Swimsuit
Washing and drying your beachwear can be a laborious task, but it will help make your favorite swimsuit last much longer and help you save money on your summer wardrobe. Remember, it’s a really good idea to have more than one suit when you go somewhere because you should never, ever wear a damp swimsuit. Damp one pieces and bikinis are a prime place for bacteria and mold, and it’s a good way to get a nasty skin rash or even an infection.
So if you’re buying a new bathing suit just to be on the safe side, you might as well buy two or three!
Follow these instructions for washing and caring for your swimwear and your swimsuits will look like new for a long time.