Swimwear Care

All swimwear should come with specific care instructions when you purchase your new item. However, they can be missed easily or become detached from your swimwear so here is a swimwear care guide to keep your swimwear in the best condition for as long as possible.


Tick Rinse your swimwear after swimming – wear in the shower when you get out (but don’t use any shower gels!)
Tick Rinse again by hand in cold water after removing your swimwear
Tick Hang to dry in the shade or inside to dry naturally and ensure fully dried before wearing again
Tick If you’ve been swimming in open water, ensure any sand or dirt is removed as soon as possible
Tick Be cautious in spas or heated pool as these have extra chemicals in and so can shorten the life of your swimwear
Tick Sunscreen can discolour your swimwear so when applying try not to get it on your swimwear


Cross Avoid leaving your swimwear rolled up in the towel after use – this allows the chlorine to have more time in the fabric and also allows bacteria to breed
Cross Don’t wash your swimwear in a washing machine. Washing machines and detergents can be very harsh and will damage your swimwear even if done just the once.
Cross Do not use an iron as the high temperatures can cause your swimsuit to disintegrate – if you want to get rid of any wrinkles, rinse in water again and the creases should fall out
Cross Never use chlorine bleach even if your costume is chlorine resistant, as chlorine resistant does not mean it is totally chlorine proof

Nylon/Lycra Swimwear : Any swimwear containing polyamide or elastane (nylon or lycra) has very limited resistance to chlorinated water and so needs to have extra care. Swimwear manufacturers say that nylon/lycra swimwear will last about 20 hours in the pool so wash it out as quickly as possible in cold water that is free from chemicals.

If in any doubt at all then contact the manufacturers of your swimwear for specific instructions.


After every use, wash your swimsuit by hand with a mild soap and tap water. Water alone will not remove the chlorine or salt water.  We would recommend turning your swimsuit inside out when you wash it to avoid damaging the outside. Do not use bleach to wash your swimsuit.

You should never use a washing machine to clean your swimming costume because it’s too abrasive and can cause the fabric to pile which you don’t want. If your costume has bra cups sewn into it, they can also be ruined by the machine.


To dry your swimming costume, simply hang it on an airing horse indoors. If you want to hang it on the washing line this is fine but do not hang it in direct sunlight. Try to make sure that your swimsuit is laid out flat to dry to avoid folds and wrinkles. Once completely dry fold it and put it away.

You should not dry your swimsuit in a dryer or in sun, as mentioned above, because they are both hard on the lycra and spandex in your swimming costume. The sun will cause your costume to fade quicker than expected . Both will cause the breakdown of elasticity in your costume.

Other Useful Tips

Start with a good quality swimsuit and it will last longer – most brands we sell at Simply Swim have a chlorine resistant range such as Speedo and Zoggs. These suits can last up to 25 times longer than conventional elastane swimwear currently on the market.

To learn more about fabric types click here.

Alternate your swimsuits – you should avoid using the same swimsuit more than once in 24 hours. Because Spandex is a memory yarn your swimwear will need 24 hours to dry and go back to its original shape. This will stop your costume from bagging and stretching.

Be careful where you sit – edges of pools are often rough so that you do not slip when walking around them. Although it may not feel rough to you it will to your swimming costume. It can cause your suit to run and pick at the bottom or on the front of if you are leaning over the edge of the pool. Take extra care and simply lay a towel down to sit on instead and avoid leaning around the edges.

Sunbathe before you swim – water and sun are not a very good combination for your swimming costume. Where possible try and sunbathe before you swim as swimming and then sunbathing can cause your costume to wear out quicker.

Avoid hot tubs – Hot tubs are extremely hard on your swimming costume, the bromine and extreme temperatures will fade and stretch your suit faster than anything else. I would suggest wearing an old costume that you are tired of if you know you are going to be using a hot tub and wash it as explained above for best results. If you want to wear your regular costume then make sure you wash it as soon as possible after getting out of the hot tub.

Avoid oil contact – Oil based products such as sun creams and lotions can cause the elasticity in your swimsuit to break down causing your suit to lose its shape.

There you have it, its simple; be kind to your costume and it will actually save you money.

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Swimwear Care