Top Tips And Tricks To Keep Your Bathing Suits Looking Great Extending the life of your favorite swimsuit just became a whole lot easier. If you spend much of your summer in your swimsuit frolicking in the sun or sunbathing by the water, you know your swimsuit gets a lot of wear and tear. But just like anything we use often, it will last longer and stay in shape better if you take special care while wearing, washing and drying it. Most swimsuits are made of spandex, which means they need a little extra attention than your regular jersey or cotton tees. Check out these easy tips to keep your swimwear going for years to come. Soak in Clean Water Before a Swim Rinse off in a shower before you dive into the pool or ocean is a great idea. Make sure you soak your suit correctly. This will not only remove any dirt, oil or makeup from your body but also stop your swimsuit from absorbing fiber-damaging chlorinated or saltwater while you are swimming. Wash Immediately After Use When you’re done swimming for the day or even sunbathing, hop back in the shower to wash or rinse your bathing suit immediately after use. This will help wash off the chlorine and salt from your skin and your costume. But even if you’ve only been laying on a clean towel and sunbathing, remember that it still soaks up sweat, so it still needs to be cleaned. Use a gentle soap or specialized cleanser to give your swimsuit a quick scrub. Rinse it thoroughly and let it air dry. Be Gentle Gravelly sand, rocks and other rough surfaces can damage the fibers of your swimsuit as much as heat can make it stretch out and fade. Use a towel for sitting outdoors and avoid using your favorite bathing suits in hot tubs as much as possible. Stop Squeezing Your Swimwear Instead of twisting and wringing out your swimsuit like a dirty rag, wash your swimwear and gently press out excess water with an absorbent towel or an old soft tee. Roll it up in either of these and press lightly until you’re confident most of the liquid has been absorbed. Avoid Hanging It out To Dry Dryers are the worst when it comes to swimsuits. The extreme heat ruins the elasticity of the fabric and makes the material saggy. Much like a good quality sweater, lay your swimwear flat to dry away from direct sunlight as this might cause your brightest pieces to fade. Ensure it is completely dry before putting it away. Wash Your Swimsuits Carefully Even on gentle cycles, washing machines can be harsh. Swimwear should ideally be hand-washed with a mild detergent instead of being thrown in the machine with the rest of the wash. Turn your swimsuit inside out and place it in a tub of cold water, swirl it around the soapy water and rinse thoroughly. This is the best way to wash high spandex clothing. Finally, rather than washing and wearing one swimsuit all summer long, alternating between two swimsuits means both get some use and will last longer. Besides, we all know how difficult it is to get one you truly love, so having a spare is a great idea all around.