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Garment Care

How to Wash and Dry Your Swimwear

If you want to get plenty of wear out of your swimwear, there are a few top tips to bear in mind so that it will last and keep its shape.

First of all, check the care label on your swimsuit or bikini for how best to care for your bikini or swimsuit.

Here are our most frequently asked questions when it comes to swimwear care. Stick to these top tips and you’ll get plenty of wear out of your swimwear.

Can I wash my swimwear in the washing machine?

No. Swimsuits and bikinis must be treated with more care than your every day clothes. The heat and rough and tumble from the washing machine or tumble dryer will cause the fabrics to break down and disintegrate, causing it to lose shape and fall apart.

How should I wash my swimwear?

The best way to wash swimwear is to rinse it in cold, fresh water. Heat causes the fabric’s elasticity to give, making it lose its shape. It’s highly advisable to rinse sooner rather than later after swimming in the pool or in the sea, as chlorine, salt and heat all damage delicate swimwear fabrics, which are far less robust than your average clothing.

It’s best not to use detergents, just rinse in cold water straight away after wearing or use “10p” amount of Maryan Mehlhorn Beachwear Care in a bowl of cold water to help preserve the colour.

Don’t stretch the swimwear too much, hand wash gently to get the best results.

What about drying?

It’s best to dry your swimming costume or bikini naturally. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause it to fade. Hanging a one piece swimsuit or bikini up can cause it to lose its shape. If you can, dry your swimwear flat on a towel in the shade – this stops fading and shape loss, so you’ll get lots more wear out of it.