Can You Tumble Dry Swimwear? How to Wash Swimwear Properly

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Can You Tumble Dry Swimwear? How to Wash Swimwear Properly

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2024

Discover the best practices for washing and drying swimwear. Learn why you shouldn’t tumble dry swimwear — and how proper care can extend its life.

Swimwear can be a long-term love affair or a short-lived summer fling—it all depends on how you care for your pieces. To keep your swimwear colours vibrant and the fit in tip-top condition, proper swimwear care is essential. Wondering, "What's the best way to wash it?" or "Can you tumble dry swimwear?" The answers we’re about to share are key to keeping your favourite pieces looking and feeling fresh.

As always, let’s dive in.

How to wash your swimwear

Washing swimwear properly is the first step in ensuring it stays in perfect shape. Here are our non-negotiables:

1. Cold hand wash only

To keep your swimwear in premium condition, always give it the cold shoulder—AKA use cold water when washing. This prevents the fabric from losing its elasticity and colour. Hand washing is your gentlest option, preserving the integrity of the material (hint: luxurious recycled nylon and elastane) and ensuring your swimwear looks beautiful for many seasons to come.

2. Wash with similar colours

Stick to the buddy system: wash your swimwear with similar colours to prevent any unwanted dye transfer. This simple step keeps your favourite hues intact and looking fresh.

Ready for a step-by-step guide? We thought you’d never ask.

1. Fill a basin with cold water.

2. Add a small amount of mild detergent. Just a dash will do.

3. Gently agitate, soak and give it a little swirl. 

4. Let it soak for a few minutes, allowing the detergent to work its magic.

5. Rinse thoroughly with cold water, ensuring you’ve removed all detergent.

6. Squeeze out the excess water with care—no wringing.

7. Next up, drying. Keep on reading.

Can I tumble dry my swimwear?

The short answer is no. Tumble drying swimwear can be detrimental due to the high heat and friction, which can weaken the fabric and cause your favourite colours to fade. To keep your swimwear in pristine condition, it’s best to avoid the dryer altogether.

How do I dry my swimwear safely?

Lay your swimwear flat on a towel in a shaded area to dry. This method prevents stretching and helps maintain the fabric's shape. We also recommend avoiding direct sunlight, as it can fade colours and degrade the material, keeping your swimwear looking fab for longer.

What are the benefits of air drying?

Say goodbye to harsh drying methods and hello to longevity: Air drying is your swimwear's bestie—gentle on the fabric, it preserves both elasticity and your chosen colours. 

Any other tips I should know about?
Let’s rapid fire.

  1. Keep the iron and dry cleaner away from your swimwear. These methods can damage the fabric and ruin its elasticity. Stick to gentle washing and air drying instead.
  2. Chlorine in pools can be a sneaky enemy, weakening fabrics and fading colours. Always rinse your swimwear thoroughly with cold water immediately after swimming to minimise chlorine damage.
  3. Spas or hot tubs can be harsh on your swimwear due to high temperatures and chemicals. If you love a spa moment, limit your time in the water and rinse your swimwear immediately after use. For frequent spa days, consider using less premium swimwear to avoid damage.

Proper care can significantly extend the life and appearance of your high-quality, eco-friendly swimwear. Remember to wash in cold water by hand, dry flat in the shade, and avoid harsh treatments like tumble drying, ironing, and dry cleaning. By following these tips, you can ensure your Sheila swimwear stays as stylish and functional as the day you bought it.

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