Lycra® and its generic equivalent, Spandex, eventually break down when exposed to heat and chlorine. JunoActive offers these swim care tips to help you extend the life of your swim suit.
”How long will my suit last?”
The answer is that it depends on several things: chlorine, heat, rinsing out of the chlorine, stretching, spinning, sunlight, and staying wet.
In a cool pool environment, (under 82 degrees) with well-regulated chlorine levels, a suit will last 3-4 months of 2-3 times a week use before it will start to “soften.” There will still be another few months of good wear. If you are a daily swimmer, we recommend you use two alternating suits, allowing them to fully dry between uses.
If you are spending time in warm and/or high-chlorine environments, your suit will have a shortened life span, so we reccomend using JunoActive's AquaSport Swimsuits. These suits do not use Lycra or Spandex for stretch, instead they use mechanical stretch and an all-polyester fabric that stands up beautifully to the abuse of chlorine. Our customers love these long-lasting suits for therapeutic pools, frequent swimming, spas, travel and anywhere your suit needs to stand up to difficult environments.
"How do you know it’s a high-chlorine environment?"
If you can smell the chlorine in the building, it is a highly chlorinated environment.
7 Tips to Make Your Swimsuit Last Longer
1. Get the Chlorine Out!
Rinsing with clean water is key. Consider jumping into the shower after a swim with your suit still on. Finish your shower, then rinse your suit again off-body. The “sniff test” should tell you if there is still chlorine in the suit. If your suit still smells like chlorine after rinsing, then the chlorine is still present and causing damage to the lycra in your suit.
2. Wash with a chlorine neutralizer solution
Chlorine neutralizers can also help eliminate chlorine. We recommend using Suit Solutions which is specially formulated for swimwear. However, some people swear by chlorine reducers used in fish tanks, and some people use chlorine eliminating shampoos.
3. Do not wash in your regular laundry.
Detergents and chlorine-type agents will accelerate deterioration of the suit’s fabric. So will the machine’s additional agitation.You will not usually need to wash your suit in between uses. If you do occasionally hand wash your suit, use special swimsuit soap with chlorine neutralizer. You can also use mild liquid soaps such as shampoo or dish soap.
4. No Woolite!
Do not use fabric washes such as Woolite, lingerie wash or detergent as they may cause color loss.
5. Easy on the spinning.
Mechanical spinners get all the water out of your suit fast but can also stress the lycra fibers. Instead, simply wrap your suit gently in your towel to remove excess water.
6. Buy a suit in your correct size
You are going to lose weight and you know it, but your swimsuit doesn't know it yet.Your swimwear should feel nice on your body, flattering, and not restricting. A too-tight garment will stretch out and not last as long.
7. Dry your swimsuit when your done
Dry your suit as quickly as possible after use. It's easy to toss your wet suit into a bag and forget about it. But don't leave it for too long as chlorine will start to destroy your precious swimsuit. After rising or hand washing your suit, simply line dry it out of heat and sun. Never leave a wet swimsuit in a bag in a hot place, like a car, as this will speed up the deterioration of your suit.