Chemicals in some detergents can eat away at the fabric, which will eventually break down the shape and elasticity of your swimwear. Try using a natural detergent like the Sports & Swimwear Wash from The Lab Co. designed to remove stains without the harsh chemicals.
Avoid snags and holes which are often caused from roughness inside the washing machine. Instead, always hand wash your swimwear to protect the fabric & the colour.
Almost every swimsuit contains spandex, which can stretch out and break down if exposed to perspiration and oils. If you get sunscreen or stains on your suit, use a clean, dry towel to apply pressure to the stain to soak up as much of it as possible. Regular washing up soap will take care of most stains before they settle into the fabric.
Heat from dryers can result in colour fading and can cause swimwear to lose its shape. For the best results and a longer lifespan, hand wash and air-dry your swimwear on a flat surface to prevent stretching and discoloration.
Don't Sit On Rough Surfaces
To reduce the chance of pilling and snagging, put a towel down before sitting on any rough or scratchy surfaces.