I recently attended a seminar on swimwear that really opened my eyes about the fragility of Lycra, present in the great majority of swimwear fabrics. Here is how to extent the duration of your beautiful handmade bathing suit:
1- Lycra hates sun. Obvs, being in the sun is kind of the whole point of making a bathing suit. (Duh.) However, drying your bathing suit in the sun is avoidable, so hang it in the shade to dry.
2 - Lycra hates heat. The best way to speed up the degradation of Lycra fibers is to lounge around the spa, hot tub, jacuzzi or sauna. If going in your birthday suit is not an option (ahem), wear either an old, a second-hand bathing suit reserved for these purposes.
3 - Lycra hates chlorine.... but it loves vinegar! Rinse your swimwear with clean water and vinegar after going in chlorinated water. Pat it to remove the excess of water and hang to dry.
There you go! I hope these tips were helpful and if you put them in practice your swimwear will thank you.
Have a nice weekend everyone!