One of the most important things about caring for swimwear is knowing when to care for it. If you're a regular swimmer, there are at least two times when you need to give your suit some attention. First, if your suit is made from a special fabric that needs to be hand washed, then wash it after each time that suit is used and rinse in fresh water before hanging or laying flat to dry. Second, if the inside lining of the suit says 'Dry Clean Only' on it, then bring it in every few months for a thorough cleaning (about every 8 - 10 wears).


If you can't tell from the tag, or if you're not sure if you can hand wash or dry clean your suit, then consult the manufacturer's website. There should be a link there that answers all of your questions about how to care for your swimwear. If the website is not clear, call or email customer service and someone should help you out with your query.


Frequency of cleaning varies so much among people because different fabrics behave differently when they are wet. Details about these design factors are too technical (and boring) for this article. All you really need to know is that there are swimming suit fabrics that get wet and stay wet, and there are fabrics that dry quickly.


If your swimwear is made from a fabric that doesn't dry quickly, then you should plan to wash it after each use and probably twice monthly if you are a regular swimmer. If your swimwear dries quickly, then you might be able to wait longer between washings – but don't push it.


At Swimwear Shack, we've spent years working with competitive swimmers all around the world, and one of the things that stand out is the wide variety of body types each athlete has. Some people have a medium frame, while others are more on the heavy side. That's why we offer so many different styles that suit their unique needs — from board shorts to new styles like tankini tops.

If you're planning a trip to the swimming pool, or even just want to make sure your swimsuit stays in good condition this year, check out these tips.


  • Be wary of chlorine. It's important that you rinse off after a dip in the pool – and use gentle soaps if it's heavily chlorinated water. This should remove most of the chemicals without damaging your suit.
  • Use a protective cover for your suit when storing it on non-chlorinated surfaces - like wooden benches! This is best done by placing it underneath the other clothes in your locker or on top of your towel (preferably white).
  • Don't hang your swimsuit up when it's wet, as the water could seep into the material and make it go mouldy.
  • You should be especially careful with swimsuits that have padding. These can easily be damaged by rough surfaces, so take your time when storing or moving them around.
  • If any of your clothing is stained or smells bad after a swim, you should try to get it clean as soon as possible.   The best thing to do is give it a good rinse with cold water in a sink, and then dry it out by laying it flat on some towels (turning the item inside out first) and leaving them overnight. This will help to get rid of most germs and bacteria.
  • You should always use a washing machine. The inside of your suit will be less likely to lose its shape or become dingy if you do this every week or two.


If you have any questions regarding the care of your swimwear, please feel free to ask!  We have a lot of experience in handling swimsuits.


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