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Caring For Your Swim Gear: Tips For Extending Its Lifespan

You invest in quality swim gear to perform your best in the pool, but neglecting its care can lead to expensive replacements and hinder your swimming experience. Just like any other athletic equipment, proper maintenance is crucial for extending the lifespan of your swimsuit, goggles, cap, and other essentials. Here are some essential tips on caring for your swim gear:

Rinsing is Crucial:

Immediately after your swim, rinse your entire swim gear with clean, cool water. This removes chlorine, pool chemicals, salt (if swimming in the sea), and sweat, which can cause fabric degradation and component breakdowns. Pay particular attention to areas that trap water, like the inside of goggles and the seams of your swimsuit.

Gentle Cleaning is Key:

While rinsing removes most surface dirt, a deeper clean is necessary occasionally. However, avoid harsh detergents and bleaches, as they can damage the delicate materials and fade colours. Instead, opt for a mild soap or baby shampoo. Dilute a small amount in cool water and gently hand-wash your swimsuit and cap. Avoid scrubbing or wringing them excessively.

Drying Matters:

Never leave your wet swim gear in a bag or locker. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria and mould, leading to unpleasant odours and potential material breakdown. Air-dry your swimsuit, cap, and goggles in a cool, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Hanging them on a drying rack or laying them flat on a clean towel works best.


Simply Swim Anti-fog spray

Goggle Care:

Goggles are particularly susceptible to damage if not cared for properly. Never wipe the lenses dry with a towel, as this can scratch the anti-fog coating. Instead, gently rinse them with clean water and let them air dry. Goggle spray can be used to prevent fogging, but avoid touching the lenses while applying. And most importantly, use a goggle or mask case to protect your googles or masks in between swimming sessions.

Simply Swim Goggle and Mask Cases

Swimsuit Storage:

Once your gear is completely dry, store it properly. Avoid cramming your swimsuit into a bag, as this can cause creases and damage the fabric. Fold or roll it loosely and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Additional Tips:

  • Shower before swimming to remove lotions, sunscreens, and body oils that can break down the materials in your swim gear.
  • Invest in a mesh laundry bag for washing your swimsuit and cap in the washing machine (if the care label allows). This helps prevent snags and tears.
  • Replace your swim gear regularly. Even with proper care, swimsuits and goggles will eventually lose their elasticity and effectiveness. It's recommended to replace your swimsuit every 6-12 months and your goggles every 1-2 years.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can extend the lifespan of your swim gear, save money on replacements, and ensure optimal performance in the pool. Remember, taking care of your equipment shows not only respect for your investment but also helps you achieve your swimming goals with confidence and comfort.