A quality swimsuit can cost as much as a coat. Bikinis and one-pieces may seem flimsy and replaceable, but once you find one that fits your body well and makes you feel confident, the last thing you’ll want is for a long cold winter to take all the magic out of your suit. In order to keep your swimsuit looking its best, it’s important that you don’t simply throw it into storage and forget about it until June. Take these pre-storage steps — which include washing and drying your swimsuit properly — so that your expensive, beautiful, and well-made bathing suit stays in tip-top shape until you’re ready to hit the beach or pool again.
1) Wash your swimsuits
You may be asking yourself: why wash swimsuits that have only been used in water? There may be small specs of food, dirt, or debris on your swimsuit that you haven’t yet noticed. Storing them without a proper cleaning makes it more likely that these stains will set in, ruining your swimsuit. Of course, you also won’t want to attract bugs if the stain is food or beverage related.
Fill a sink or tub with room temperature or slightly warm water and add a capful of mild detergent. Hand wash your swimsuits by submerging them water and gently rubbing the soapy water onto the fabric with your hands. You can also wash your swimsuit in the washing machine using the delicate cycle option — only use gentle detergent and leave bleach far, far away from your suit.
2) Dry Swimsuits Fully
It’s critical that you allow swimsuits to dry fully before storing them or you risk them becoming moldy and smelly. Never wring your suits (which can ruin their shape) and avoid placing them in the dryer, which may shrink them or destroy the delicate fabric. Hang your swimsuits on a line either inside your home or outside.
3) Choose A Fabric Garment Bag For Storage
Once your swimsuit is fully dry, opt to store it in a garment bag that will block moisture from getting in and ruining the fabric. Make sure the garment bag itself is clean and avoid using plastic bags, which aren’t as effective at keeping wetness out. If possible, vacuum pack your bag to seal it for extra-added protection against humidity and other climate changes.
4) Store Your Swimsuits In Temperature-Controlled Locations
You may have plenty of storage space in your attic or basement that you can’t imagine not using. There are plenty of items you can store for the winter in these spaces — including shoes and most T-shirts and shorts. But if keeping your swimsuit for years is a priority, avoid storing them in spaces that have ever-changing, uncontrollable temperatures. Attics, basements, and some closets are more susceptible to extreme changes in temperature and humidity levels. As a result, there’s a better chance that your swimsuit can be affected by moisture in these spaces. A drawer in your bedroom reserved for small summer storage items is a better bet and other great storage locations include shelves in your closet or even a chest you can slip under your bed.
Follow these simple steps before storing your swimsuits and they will look and feel brand new when summer rolls around again.