How to Take Care of Your Bikini
Our in-house expert, the Bikini Whisperer, is here to guide readers through their trickiest swimwear questions. Got a question of your own? Drop us a line!
Hey Bikini Whisperer,
I spent a pretty penny on a new bikini that seems to be super delicate. I'm in love with it and would need to take extra care of this piece so it can last through many seasons. What's the best way to care for swimwear?
Congratulations on your purchase!
When it comes to washing, fill the sink with cold water and let your swimwear soak for 30 minutes, with special detergents like Roux Maison swimwear solution. This paraben-free, sulfate-free solution from Le Paume is ideal.
Swish around and rinse with cold water. Lay it flat or hand dry — never wring it out. But whatever you do, do not wash or dry your bikini in the machine. Lycra breaks easily when under stress and heat. Remember this super important rule, and you’ll be off to a great start.
Of course, we tend to ruin many suits by simple negligence, take notes of the below no-nos and your suit will last long.
Never sit on textured surfaces, which will distress the fabric. Always watch where you lounge and lay on a thick towel if necessary.
Never pack a wet bikini or dump it in your beach tote with other items that may stain. Its most delicate state is when it is wet, so use a separate pouch to protect.
Giving your new fave piece a rest once in a while is also not a bad idea. Let the lycra and spandex regain its shape after each use. If you're heading on vacation, pack a few. Skip washing it after each use and replace the wash with a sport spray that'll keep the smells away.
And keep in mind that sun lotions will stain materials, so carefully lather on and immediately rinse after jumping in salt or chlorine water to avoid this unwanted spotting or fading.
Avoid hot water and steam — hot tubs, saunas, and jacuzzis. Chlorine combined with excessive heat is the quickest way to fade your suit. Don't give up the sauna — just opt for an older bikini that you may not care to damage.
Remember white is the most is sensitive color to chlorine and will turn yellow so skip playing Little Mermaid in the pool.