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10 tips to make your swimsuit last longer




Do your swimsuits fall apart after a month or so? If you're wearing your swimsuit in chlorinated water on a regular basis, there are a few things you can do to make your swimsuits last longer.

Extending the life of your new swimsuit starts before you ever buy it. Finding a bathing suit that fits properly will not only make it more comfortable to wear, but it will also keep your suit from stretching out over time. Chlorine resistant swimsuits made with polyester or polyester blends can last up to 10 times longer than conventional swimwear if you follow these tips:

#1: Shower with fresh water before entering the pool ...learn more
#2: Wash your chlorine resistant swimsuit in cool clear water ...learn more
#3: Do not machine wash your swimsuit ...learn more
#4: Roll your suit up in a clean dry towel and squeeze ...learn more
#5: Use Suit Saver™ to extend the life of your swimsuit. ...learn more
#6: Air dry, not sun dry ...learn more
#7: Do not use a dryer or spinner ...learn more
#8: Don't put a wet swimsuit on a hanger to dry. ...learn more
#10: Cut out your liner when necessary. ...learn more

What’s so great about a chlorine resistant swimsuit?

Well, if you’ve started a water fitness class, like water aerobics, in a conventional spandex swimsuit, you probably know how quickly that swimsuit bit the dust. Literally, chlorine eats away at spandex and Lycra® found in conventional swimwear, making the swimsuit disintegrate before your eyes. We can attest that there is nothing worse than having your friend point out to you that your swimsuit has become see-through, unbeknownst to you, in the middle of class. For this reason, we recommend chlorine resistant swimsuits for anyone spending more time than the occasional swim in a chlorinated pool.

Is Your Swimsuit Chlorine Resistant?

You may be thinking, “Okay, Great. So, how can I tell if a swimsuit is chlorine resistant? This is quite easy actually. Polyester and PBT, or polybutylene terephthalate, have excellent stretch and elasticity. Additionally, PBT is also quick-drying and has low-water absorbency. These are both chlorine resistant materials. The more polyester and/or PBT found in a swimsuit and less spandex/Lycra® found, the more chlorine resistant the swimsuit is. This does not mean that a polyester/spandex blend swimsuit is not chlorine resistant. It’s true that a blend like that, depending on the amount of spandex, will degrade over time, but will still last longer than an all spandex/Lycra® swimsuit.

Keep in mind that with a conventional swimsuit, spandex/Lycra® only typically lasts 4-6 weeks with exposure to chlorine a couple of times a week. This is why finding the right chlorine resistant swimsuit is so important if you take water fitness classes regularly!

Now, just because a swimsuit is chlorine resistant, it doesn’t mean that it has to be boring, unflattering, or lacking in fashion. In fact there are many different styles of chlorine resistant swimsuits designed to meet varying water fitness needs.

For example, if you are taking water aerobics classes, you plan to do a lot of jumping, twisting, water running, and a wide variety of arm movements. Perhaps a racer backs, active back, keyhole, and pretty much any other athletic back design out there, work better for water aerobics activities. All of these back designs are available in chlorine resistant polyester, PBT, or a polyester/spandex blend. Whereas, if you are taking a water stretching class, where movements are slower, you may want a high scoop back chlorine resistant swimsuit for comfort.

Many of the polyester swimsuits described above are offered in beautiful prints, colors, and textures