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Swimwear Care Guide: Tips from 45 Years in the Business

As a swimwear enthusiast, you know that finding the perfect swimsuit is only half the battle. To keep your favorite pieces looking and feeling their best, proper care is essential. At Loco Boutique, we've been crafting high-quality, made-in-Hawaii swimwear for years, and we're here to share our expert tips on how to care for your swimsuits, ensuring they stay vibrant and comfortable season after season.

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Rinse Before and After Swimming

One of the most crucial steps in maintaining your swimwear is to rinse it in fresh water before and after each use. Pre-swim rinsing helps fill the fabric's fibers with clean water, reducing the amount of chlorine, salt, or pool chemicals absorbed. After your swim, rinse your suit again to remove any remaining chemicals, salt, sand, or debris that can cause damage or odors over time.

Hand Wash with Mild Detergent

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To keep your swimwear in pristine condition, always wash it by hand using cold water and a mild detergent designed for delicates. Avoid harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can break down the fabric's fibers and cause fading. Gently massage the detergent into the suit, paying extra attention to areas prone to stains or odors, such as the underarms and crotch. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.

Air Dry Away from Direct Sunlight

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After washing, never wring out your swimsuit, as this can stretch and damage the delicate fibers. Instead, gently roll it in a clean towel to remove excess water. Lay the suit flat or hang to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight, as UV rays can cause fading and weaken the fabric. To speed up drying time, consider using a fan to improve air circulation.

Tackle Stains Promptly

If you notice any oil-based stains, such as sunscreen or body lotion, on your swimsuit, act quickly to prevent them from setting in. Pre-treat the affected areas with a small amount of mild detergent, gently working it into the fabric before washing as usual. For hard water stains caused by the reaction between iron and sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, consider switching to a sunscreen without this component to prevent future discoloration.

Prevent Odors with Prompt Washing

To keep your swimwear smelling fresh, wash it promptly after each use. Avoid leaving damp suits bundled up in a bag or hidden in a laundry hamper, as this can lead to mildew growth and persistent odors. If you're dealing with particularly stubborn smells, try using a lightly scented detergent or adding a small amount of white vinegar to the wash water to help neutralize any lingering odors.

Minimize Pilling and Abrasion

Pilling, or the formation of small balls of fiber on the fabric's surface, is a common issue with synthetic swimwear. To minimize pilling, avoid sitting on rough surfaces like concrete or rocks without a towel to protect your suit. When storing your swimwear, make sure it's completely dry and place it in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight and heat.

At Loco Boutique, we understand the importance of investing in high-quality, durable swimwear that not only looks great but also lasts. By following these simple care tips, you can extend the life of your favorite swimsuits, ensuring that they remain a staple in your beach and poolside wardrobe for years to come. Remember, a little TLC goes a long way in maintaining the vibrant colors, perfect fit, and overall longevity of your made-in-Hawaii swimwear from Loco Boutique.

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