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Tips on Selection, Maintenance and Swimsuit Care from AlwaysForMe.com


In today's disposable society it's good to know that with proper care you can make your swimsuit last well after summer ends.

According to a recent survey by the NPD Group, the average woman owns four bathing suits and more than half say that the average lifetime of their swim suits is one season. Similarly, the majority of swim wear designers report that the average life of a swimsuit is typically 30 wearings. However, wearing your suit an average of once a week during the summer means it should last you two summers based on how often you wear it and how well it is cared for. Of course, no suit will last forever, but there are a few simple things you can do to insure the life of your bathing suits:

Brand Name and Reputation brand names are important when it comes to swimwear. Well known brands have been on the market for years, a testament to the quality of their swim suits and the popularity of their designs. Reputation is important as well, so be sure to do your research on the brands you like and read customer reviews to see what other buyers have to say. Look for swimwear companies with knowledgeable salespeople who can guide you to the right purchase and advise you on how to maintain and care for your suit. It stands to reason that a well-made suit from a reliable company is sure to last longer and wear better.

Function understanding how you will wear your suit can also help improve its lifespan. Choose your swimwear based on your expected level of activity and comfort. If you are tanning versus participating in water sports, your fabric and protection needs will vary.

Fabrics the material your bathing suit is made of is particularly important in the use and life of your suit. Most swimsuits today are made up of synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon and Lycra or spandex. These fabrics are comfortable; keep their shape and are quick drying. 100% cotton suits have gained in popularity as some consumers move away from synthetics, but these suits tend to ride up and fray easily. Cotton also does not stand up to the destructive nature of pool chemicals or sun. Some newer suits offer micro fibers that are thinner, yet stronger, than traditional fabrics.

Style and Fit good fit can extend the life of your suit, as well. Make sure your bathers conform to your body shape without sagging or pulling. Look for adjustable lengths and straps for even more fit options. A classic style also adds to the longevity of a swim suit because it is less likely to go out of fashion year to year. It's best to avoid the trend of the moment and invest in a classic silhouette instead.

Making Your Suit Last - be aware of the harmful effects of chemicals. The chlorine found in pools has harsh effects on swimwear. Similarly, chemicals used in hot tubs also create a hostile environment for swimwear. Salt water too, over time, will have a negative effect on the fabric of your bathing suit. To lengthen the life of your suit, choose a fabric that is treated for chlorine resistance. Then be sure to rinse off after exiting the pool or ocean. Try not to let the sun dry your un-rinsed suit. This after swim/before sun rinse is also better for your skin and hair, especially if your hair is chemically treated for color. Strong sunlight can fade your suit, so be sure to pick a suit that offers UV and UVA protection. Gunite pools and wooden lawn furniture are notorious for snagging suits -- resulting in a kind of piling that makes any suit look tired and worn out. Be careful when swimming in a cement pool and rise slowly from any wooden bench or lounge chair. Hot tubs, washing machines and sun tan oils are especially degenerative to swimwear. Always hand wash your suit in cool water, wring it out gently and lay it flat to dry. If you wish to use a small amount of soap, make sure it is a gentle variety like Woolite. Even the tumble cycle of your dryer is too hard on a bathing suit, so opt for air drying. Other no-no's when it comes to maintaining your swimwear: no dry cleaning, no ironing, and no bleach.

With just a few simple precautions you can insure the longevity and enjoyment of your swimwear!

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