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Caring for Swimwear

Millie Kwan - Thursday, September 06, 2018

As the summer winds down, you may realize that your swimwear doesn’t look as good as it did when you bought it a few months ago. Most likely, this is a result of excessive exposure to chlorine. How do you keeping your swimwear in swimmable condition?

swimsuits hanging on a line

Most swimwear is made of spandex, a synthetic rubber with a terrific ability to stretch and relax back to its original dimensions. Although spandex has good resistance to sunlight damage, mold, and mildew, it can be damaged by the chlorine found in swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.

Chlorine can cause both fiber damage and color loss. Here are some tips on caring for your swimwear properly:

  • Rinse the chlorine from swimwear directly after swimming.
  • Do not assume that towels will protect upholstery from swimwear. Upholstery can experience color loss simply by coming into contact with absorbed pool water.
  • Do not lay towels wet with pool water on other textile items, such as beds, carpets, or upholstery, in order to avoid color loss.
  • Launder or thoroughly rinse items that are regularly wet by pool water. This includes outdoor furniture, towels, clothing, and swimwear. These items may not be dirty, but the damage caused by residual chlorine can make it expensive to replace them.
  • Line drying or laying the garment flat to dry are typically recommended, as high drying temperatures can damage swimwear.
Sarni Cleaners is dedicated to helping our customers care for their clothing and look their best all the time. For laundry and drycleaning services in Boston and Cambridge, please visit our local stores or call our Boston laundry pickup services.

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