Special Care For Basic Suits Guide
The following are care instructions for taking care of your standard polyester and lycra suits, both workout and fashion styles.
Please note that these are not the care instructions for technical suits. Those suits must be taken care of differently. For those instructions click here.
The biggest part of making sure that you are taking care of any type of suit is having the proper fit. The water will find any place on your body to get in under the suit and fill it up thus stretching out your suit and shortening its life. To prevent this you can use our Basic Sizing Guides. If you ever have any questions on sizing or taking care of your suits feel free to contact us.
To aide in wearing the proper size suit check out our tips and tricks for getting comfortably in a suit.
- Keep the suit protected during your swim
- Wear drag shorts, drag tights, or suits over your main suit. This will not only protect your suit from snagging, but will aide in your training.
- Be mindful of how you get in and out of the water as well as how you interact with the bottom and edges of the pools and even any training, exorcise, and flotation equipment. Brushing up against any porous surfaces (i.e. plaster, rock, tile, cording, etc.) will cause snagging, rubbing, and friction that will harm your suit. Thin suits will even rip under the right circumstances.
- After you are done swimming
- Rinse the suit off in the shower with fresh water.
- DO NOT ring the suit out or try to get the water off it in any way (i.e. dryers, spinners, etc.). It will stretch the suit and damage the material.
- Lay the suit flat on a towel and roll the suit up inside the towel. Avoid bunching the suit up as much as possible.
- D NOT use the suit dryers. They stretch the suit out and bake the chlorine into the suit making the damaging affects of the chlorine happen faster.
- Once you get home
- Take the suit out of the towel you rolled it up in.
- Either drape your suit over the towel that you rolled it up in over a banister, chair, open door, or shower.
- Keeping the suit on the towel will dry the suit faster as well as keep your suit and towel with each other so you won't forget either one when you head back to the pool.
- Avoid hanging the suit by the straps or crotch to drip dry because the weight of the water in the suit will stretch it out in odd ways.
- Washing your suits
- Your suits don't need to be washed like normal clothing.
- We recommend only watching your suits 3-4 times a year. Basically when the straps get sticky and gross from sunscreen or when any type of staining happens to the suit. You may also want to wash them if they start to smell mildewy because they weren't dried properly.
- We recommend that you avoid using the watching machine because the nature of them can cause the suit to be stretched as they are washed. If you can't hand wash them in a sink then we recommend that you use a garment bag when you use a machine.
- If you do wash your suits NEVER use the dryer, for the same reasons as listed above. Dry them the same way that you would when you wear them.
- If you do feel like your suits are getting gross with the chlorine there are products out there that will take the chlorine out of the suits. We don't recommend using them all of the time. We do recommend that you us a Sodium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid, and Soduim Benzoate biased product that neutralize the chlorine and doesn't strip chlorine out of the material in a harsh way.
- Tip: The Vitamin C in citrus juices neutralizes chlorine so you can soak your suits in some orange juice for 10 minutes before you wash them.
Be aware that the biggest impacting factor in how quickly your suit will be destroyed is the chlorine levels of the pool you are swimming in. Regardless of how well you take care of you suits, the higher the level of chlorine the faster your suits will be destroyed. We recommend that you check the pools in your area and only go to the one with the lowest average levels. As a basic rule of thumb, pools with UV Filters can legally have less chlorine in them then pools without the UV Filters.
Note: The best trial and error way to make your suits last is to rotate them. We recommend that you always have at least two suits in your wardrobe that you like to wear. The more time that you can put between uses in the water the longer your suit will last. For example, one of our managers, Kenzie, back when she was spending 3-5 hours a day in the pool, 6 days a week training, would rotate between 5 to 8 different polyester suits. Some of those suits lasted her up to 5 years.