Buy a swimmer that will last:
Before hot tubbing:
- Before you wear your swimmer into chlorine for the first time, we recommend soaking it in vinegar first. Crazy right? If you soak your swimmer for 30 minutes in a mixture of vinegar and water (1 tbsp vinegar per 1 quart water), it’ll help set the color and prevent fading from swimming pool or hot tub chlorine and sunlight. We generally recommend not wearing new or bright swimmers in the hot tub since some bright colored swimmers are more likely to bleed or fade in color. However, with a little prep, you can make it less likely that your swimmer will bleed.
- Rinse your swimmer off before you swim! Remember those signs at public swimming parks that ask you to rinse off before you start swimming? There’s a reason for it! Running your swimmer under cool water before you swim will keep the fabric from absorbing so much chlorine. Plus, rinsing off bodily residue and beauty products will maximize the life of the hot tub water! So don’t forget to shower off real quick before jumping in.
Hot tub time:
- While sitting in the hot tub, avoid sitting right by the jets or playing in them (like when we were kids). The jets are powerful and great on sore muscles and knots, but they do tend to stretch out your swimmer fabric. Plus, your swimmer is sure to absorb even more chlorine in the areas where the strong jet hits.
- On another note, enjoy yourself in the hot tub! Catch up with friends, take a moment to relax from the daily hustle & bustle of life, and let your stress levels shrink. Hydrotherapy helps in relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain, lowering blood pressure, and even arthritis relief. Hot tubs have so many benefits socially, emotionally, and physically. They deserve more than just a bad rep.
After hot tubbing:
- Right after swimming rinse your swimmer with water. You could do this in a bathroom shower, or even quick rinse it the a sink. Rinsing it afterwards gets rid of a little bit of chlorine that has been absorbed by your swimmer and will help to preserve the fabric + color.
- When you're back at home, give your swimmer a good hand-wash to keep the chlorine from damaging them. You can wash your swimmer in a sink or bathtub, but avoid using the washing machine. Rinse your swimmer in cold to lukewarm water before gently working in your soap or detergent. From there, rinse the suds out of your swimmer before hanging it to dry.
- Always hang dry your swimmer! Never throw it into a machine washer or dryer. The agitation and heat that comes from these machines cause fibers to break down more quickly. If you want your swimmer to live a long life, give it the love of hand-washing and hang drying.
- Allow swimmers to fully dry before putting them on again. Spandex is a memory fabric and takes 24 hours to completely set back into place. Wearing them again before it is dry will only stretch it out more.
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